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Author: Bona, Giovanni, 1609-1674.
Title: A guide to heaven containing the marrow of the holy fathers, and antient philosophers / written in Latine by John Bona ... ; [translated] in English by T.V.
Publication info: Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan, Digital Library Production Service
2012 November (TCP phase 2)

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Print source: A guide to heaven containing the marrow of the holy fathers, and antient philosophers / written in Latine by John Bona ... ; [translated] in English by T.V.
Bona, Giovanni, 1609-1674., T. V. 1604-1681.

[London?: s.n.], 1672.
Alternate titles: Manuductio ad coelum. English.
Possible place of publication from Wing.
Reproduction of original in Huntington Library.
Subject terms:
Christian life -- 17th century.
Devotional literature -- Early works to 1800.

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A GUIDE TO HEAVEN. CONTAINING The Marrow of the Holy Fathers, and of the Antient Philosophers.
CHAP. I. Of Mans last End. What an Evil it is, to swerve from it. The Means and Method to come to it.
CHAP. II. Who so desires to live well, must make choice of an Instructer. What manner of man this ought to be. The Duties of a Disciple.
CHAP. III. Of Purgation from sin. All affection to sin is to be laid aside, and Vice is to be rooted out. No remedy is more efficacious against Vice, than the consideration of Death and Eternity.
CHAP. IV. Of Gluttony. Its Evils. Its Remedies. The signs of its being conquered.
CHAP. V. Of Luxury. How foul a vice it is. How easie is the Relapse into it, and how it may be avoided. The Pleasure of the Mind, which is solid, is to be sought after.
CHAP. VI. Of Avarice. Its malice is sharply reproved. The comparison between a Poor and a Rich person. The deceit and vanity of Riches.
CHAP. VII. Of Anger. The Character of an Angry person. The Effects, Causes, Remedies of Anger.
CHAP. VIII. Of Envy and Sloath. The Description, and the Cure of both.
CHAP. IX. Of Pride, Ambition, and Vain-glory. The image of a Proud man. The Vanity of Dignities, and their Dangers. The Evils of Hautiness, and the Cure of it.
CHAP. X. Of the Government of the Body. Of the Custody of the Senses. How far the Body is to be indulged. The liberty of the Eyes, is to be curbed. The excess in Apparel, condemned.
CHAP. XI. Of the Custody of the Tongue. Of how great moment it is, and how difficile. What is to be observ'd in speaking; what to be avoided. How the bad Tongues of others, are to be endured.
CHAP. XII. Of the internal Senses. The use of Opinions. The Mind is to be stored with good thoughts. Of restraining the Sensitive Appetite: and of its depraved Affections. Several Pre∣cepts to that purpose.
CHAP. XIII. Of Love. Its Nature, Causes, Effects. Its Remedies. Something added of Hatred.
CHAP. XIV. Of Desire, and Flight. What is to be De∣sired, what to be Fled from.
CHAP. XV. Of Joy, and of Sadness. How a good man ought to rejoyce. He who fore-sees all things, is not contristated. Several Antidotes a∣gainst Grief.
CHAP. XVI. Of Hope, and of Despair. How we are to moderate them both.
CHAP. XVII. Of Fear. How Vain it is, and how to be Vanquished. Boldness to be avoided. Some∣thing again of Anger.
CHAP. XVIII. Of the Powers of the Rational Soul. The Ʋn∣derstanding is to be restrain'd from Curio∣sity. To what Study one should chiefly apply himself. How bad a thing it is to enquire into other mens Manners. The Judgments of others, are to be contemned. Of the de∣nial of our Will.
CHAP. XIX. Of the state of Proficients. Several helps to Proficiency. The value and use of Time. The Presence of God, Necessary.
CHAP. XX. Of the Good of Solitude. Evil Society is to be shunn'd. What, and how many the Worlds Vices are. The study of a Proficient is the acquisition of Virtues. Certain Signs of Virtue's being obtained.
CHAP. XXI. Of the Theological Virtues. Faith is to be approved by Works. Confidence is to be placed in God alone. Motives to love God. The love of our Neighbours is manifested by Benefits. An Exhortation to Alms-deeds.
CHAP. XXII. Of Prudence. Its Necessity and Difficulty. The Duty of a Prudent man.
CHAP. XXIII. Of Justice, and of Religion. The Acts of Both. What Penance is, and wherein it consists.
CHAP. XXIV. Of Piety and Observance. Obedience is com∣mended, and also Gratitude. How a Be∣nefit is to be Receiued and Repayed.
CHAP. XXV. Of Truth, and the Ʋse of it. Simplicity is praised. Acts of Fidelity.
CHAP. XXVI. Of Friendship. With what Offices it is to be entertained. Certain Precepts appertaining to mutual Conversation.
CHAP. XXVII. Of Liberality. What it is, and how to be ex∣ercised. Wherein it differs from Mag∣nificency.
CHAP. XXVIII. Of Fortitude. Its Offices. That Death is to be contemned by a Valiant man.
CHAP. XXIX. Of Magnanimity. The Description of a Magnanimous Man.
CHAP. XXX. Of Patience. The Occasions and Effects of it. The signs of perfect Patience. An Admonition and Instruction to Endure all Adversity. The Necessity of Perseve∣rance.
CHAP. XXXI. Of Temperance How much shamefac'dness conduceth to it. Of Abstinence, and of Chastity.
CHAP. XXXII. Of Meekness, and Clemency. The Offices and Excellency of them both.
CHAP. XXXIII. Of Modesty. The Double Office of Studio∣sity. What Rule is to be observed in Mirth.
CHAP. XXXIV. Of Humility. Wherein it consists, Of Self-knowledge. The Character of a truly hum∣ble Man.
CHAP. XXXV. Of the state of the Perfect. The Image of a Perfect man. The End of a Perfect Life, it Ʋnion with God.