Holy Wisdom: or, Directions for the Prayer of Contemplation
by Augustine Baker
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As a Catholic priest in 17th century England, Augustine
Baker lived in constant danger. His persecutors followed him wherever he
went to pray and profess religion. This collection of ascetical
treatises exhibits the breadth of Baker's spiritual teachings. Baker's
first treatise advises Christians to live an internal life with God as
their guide. The second treatise describes the process of mortification,
by which the ascetic person strengthens the will to overcome the desire
for sin. The third treatise focuses on prayer, illuminating the
usefulness of different types of prayer and meditation. Baker believed
that the continued practice of holy exercises draws Christians close to
God. His persuasive treatises urge Christians to develop their spiritual
lives with the observance of prayer, mortification, meditation, and
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