|Author:||Bona, Giovanni, 1609-1674.|
|Title:||A gvide to heaven, or, Morall instrvctions compiled partly out of the maximes of Holy Fathers and partly out of the sentences of antient philosophers / written in Latin by John de Bona ; translated into English by Iames Price.|
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A gvide to heaven, or, Morall instrvctions compiled partly out of the maximes of Holy Fathers and partly out of the sentences of antient philosophers / written in Latin by John de Bona ; translated into English by Iames Price.
Bona, Giovanni, 1609-1674., Price, James, 17th cent.
Roan: [s.n.], 1675.
|Alternate titles:||Manductio ad coelum. English. l675|
Reproduction of original in the Union Theological Seminary Library, New York.
TO THE EVER HONOVRED, Very Reverend, and truly Religious Abbesse MADAME WINEFRIDE GIFFORD, Thrice worthy Superiour of the English Monastery of S. Clare in Roan: And to all the vertuous Ladyes and Gentlewomen living in holy Obedience unde her charge and Direction.
THE INTERPRETER to the Reader.
THE AUTHOURS PREFACE.
A TABLE of the Chapters.
A GVIDE TO HEAVEN.
CHAP. I. Of mans last End. The misery of decli∣ning from it: and Of the means to arrive unto it.
CHAP. II. That he who desires to live well must choose a good Spirituall Directour. The qualities of such a Directour: and the duties of such as desire to learn Vertue.
CHAP. III. Of the purgative way; and how to ex∣tirpate all sins, and vicious Affe∣ctions. The best motive to this, is a continuall Remembrance of Death and Eternity.
CHAP. IV. Of Gluttony. The disorders caused by it; and Remedies against it. How to know when we have got the victory over it.
CHAP. V. Of Luxury: the shamefulnes of it: how easy it is to fall into it: and how it is to be avoided, by seeking spiritual delights, and the solid pleasures of the mind.
CHAP. VI. Of Avarice: the evill effects of it. The comparison betwixt a rich man, & a poor man. The inconstancy and va∣nity of Riches.
CHAP. VII. Of Anger. The character of an angry man. The causes, effects, and remedies of Anger.
CHAP. VIII. Of Enuy; and Sloth. The description of both Vices: and Remedyes against them.
CHAP. IX. Of Pride, Ambition, and vain Glory. The Character of a proud man. The vanity and danger of Honours and dignities. The ev•… effects of Pride, and Remedies against it.
CHAP. X. Of moderating our outward Senses. How we must treat our Body: and how to govern our Eyes. Of the va∣nity of Apparell.
CHAP. XI. Of the Tongue: the importance and difficulty of governing it. What is to be observed, and what to be avoi∣ded in speech: and lastly how to en∣dure the evill tongues of others.
CHAP. XII. Of the inward Senses. The use of opi∣nions. How we must cultivate our mind with good Thoughts. Diverse instructions how to govern the sen∣sitive faculty of the Soul.
CHAP. XIII. Of Love. The nature, Causes, & Ef∣fects of it. Of the Remedies against it. Of Hatred.
CHAP. XIV. Of Desire, and Flight. What we are to desire, and what to fly or avoid.
CHAP. XV. Of Ioy, and Sadnes. How a vertuous man is to rejoyce. He that foresees all things is never sad. Severall Remedies against Sorrow and sadnes.
CHAP. XVI. Of Hope, and Despair. How we are to moderate both.
CHAP. XVII. Of Fear. How vain it is, and how to be overcome. Boldnes to be avoided. Something again of Anger.
CHAP. XVIII. Of the Faculties of a Rationall Soul. How we are to keep our Vnderstan∣ding from Curiosity. What study is best. How hurtfull it is to search into the life and manners of Others. We are not to heed what others falsely report of us. Of thee Abnegation of our will.
CHAP. XIX. Of the State of Proficients. Severall helps for advancing in Perfection. How to esteem and make good use of Time. Gods presence is necessary.
CHAP. XX. The profit of Solitude. How to fly evill company. What are the common vices of the world. A proficient must still labour for vertue. Marks of advan∣cing in it.
CHAP. XXI. Of the three Theologicall Vertues. Faith is to be shewn by the exercise of good works. Our hope must be in God alone. Motives of divine Love. The love of our neighbors is shewed by helping them, and doing them good. An Exhortation to Almsgiving.
CHAP. XXII. Of Prudence. The Necessity and dif∣ficulty of it. The duty of a prudent man.
CHAP. XXIII. Of Iustice and Religion. What Penance is, and in what it consisteth.
CHAP. XXIV. Of Piety and observance. Obedience, and gratitude are commended. How to receive and return good deeds.
CHAP. XXV. Of Truth, and the use of it. Simplicity is commended. Acts of fidelity.
CHAP. XXVI. Of Friendship. How it is to be enter∣tained. Certain rules of mutuall Conversation.
CHAP. XXVII. Of Liberality. What it is: and how to be pract•…. How it differs from •…gnificence.
CHAP. XXVIII. Of Fortitude: and the duties of it. That a generous man should contemn Death.
CHAP. XXIX. Of Magnanimity. The Character of a magnanimous man.
CHAP. XXX. Of Patience. The occasions, and effects of it. Marks of true Patience. An exhortation to Patience in all man∣ner of sufferances.The necessity of Perseverance.
CHAP. XXXI. Of Temperance. How much Modesty conduceth unto it. Of Absti∣nence, and Chastity.
CHAP. XXXII. Of Mildnes, and Clemency. The duties and Excellency of both.
CHAP. XXXIII. Of Modesty. The properties of studiosity. Of the rule & use of Eutrapelia.
CHAP. XXXIV. Of Humility. In what it consisteth. Of the Knowledge of ourselves. The character of a true nature humble man.
CHAP. XXXV. Of those who are arrived to the state of Perfection The Character of a perfect man. The end of christian is an union with God,