Lesson 7: Assignments and Readings

Reading Assignments

Jordan Aumann, O.P., Spiritual Theology (Huntington, Indiana: Our Sunday Visitor, 1980), Chapter 8: “Progressive Purification.”

Possible Writing Assignments

1. Two errors that easily arise in regard to the purification of the soul are the views that natural human strength is enough and that natural human strength can do nothing. Why are these errors and how can one counteract them?

2. Discuss the interplay between intellect and will in coming to feel the attraction of an apparent good, in deliberating about the matter, and in coming to a decision. Then identify some typical cases in which there is need for the spiritual purification of intellect and will.

Suggested Readings

St. John of the Cross, The Dark Night of the Soul


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