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The Story of the Predestined Pilgrim and His Brother Reprobate

The Story of the Predestined Pilgrim is an English translation of a salvation allegory written in the hinterland of Brazil in 1682 by the Jesuit Father Alexandre de Gusmão. Generally, it served the pedagogical purposes of his order, being translated twice into Spanish (1696 and 1815), and specifically for use in his mission boarding school in Belém da Cachoeira. Its narrative follows the evolution of the two protagonists, Predestined and Reprobate, as they travel from Egypt toward the New Jerusalem. It examines the vicissitudes of their encounters with the personifications of virtues and vices. It culminates, perhaps, with the mystical benevolence of Charity.


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

PART I

PROEM

CHAPTER I

Of the patria, parents, and family of Predestined Pilgrim and of his
brother Reprobate.

CHAPTER II

How Predestined and Reprobate resolved to leave Egypt, and of the
preparation they undertook for their journey.

CHAPTER III

Of the first journey undertaken by Predestined and Reprobate.

CHAPTER IV

Of what happened to Reprobate after he became separated from his brother Predestined.

CHAPTER V

Of what happened to Predestined after he left his brother Reprobate.

CHAPTER VI

Of the Palace of Disillusionment and what happened there to Predestined.

CHAPTER VII

How Predestined came to speak with Disillusionment and the words he heard him say.

CHAPTER VIII

Of Predestined’s other experiences in the Palace of Disillusionment.

CHAPTER IX

How Disillusionment showed Predestined the illusions of the world.

CHAPTER X

How Predestined went to see the rocky hillside in Bethlehem, where Christ
was born.

CHAPTER XI

Words of wisdom that Disillusionment gave to Predestined.

PART II

CHAPTER I

How Reprobate continued his journey toward Babylon.

CHAPTER II

How Predestined continued his journey toward Jerusalem.

CHAPTER III

How Predestined visited the governors of Nazareth in their palace and what happened there.

CHAPTER IV

How Predestined went to see the City of Nazareth and what happened there.

CHAPTER V

How Predestined visited the flowers of Nazareth.

CHAPTER VI

How Predestined went to see another section of Nazareth called Cloister.

CHAPTER VII

How Predestined was instructed in matters of devotion and piety.

CHAPTER VIII

How Predestined went to visit the fountains of Nazareth.

CHAPTER IX

Of the rare examples of Piety and Devotion that Predestined saw in Nazareth.

CHAPTER X

Spiritual dictates that Counsel gave to Predestined in the Palace of Religion.

PART III

CHAPTER I

What happened to Reprobate after he left Samaria.

CHAPTER II

Of what happened to Predestined after he left Nazareth.

CHAPTER III

Of what Predestined did with the governor of Bethany.

CHAPTER IV

Of Predestined’s audience with Obedience and what happened there.

CHAPTER V

Of the rare examples of Obedience that Predestined saw in Bethany.

CHAPTER VI

Of the preparation Predestined undertook for the Way of the Commandments.

CHAPTER VII

Of the journey that Predestined made along the Way of the Commandments
of God.

CHAPTER VIII

How Predestined visited the second Palace hall and what happened there.

CHAPTER IX

How Predestined visited the Palace of Human Law and what happened to
him there.

CHAPTER X

Some dictates of Obedience and Observance.

PART IV

CHAPTER I

Of what happened to Reprobate after he left Bethoron.

CHAPTER II

How Predestined left Bethany and what happened to him along the way.

CHAPTER III

How Predestined traveled the Way of Penance.

CHAPTER IV

How Predestined visited the Palace of Confession, Contrition,
and Satisfaction.

CHAPTER V

Of the rare examples that Predestined saw in the Palace of Confession,
Contrition, & Satisfaction.

CHAPTER VI

Predestined visits the Palace of Holy Discipline and Just Penance.

CHAPTER VII

How Predestined was taught in the Palace by Holy Rigor and Just Penance.

CHAPTER VIII

How Predestined entered the Valley of Afflictions and the Garden of
Tribulations.

CHAPTER IX

Of what happened to Predestined in the Chapel of Patience.

CHAPTER X

Dictates that Predestined learned in the house of Holy Discipline and
Just Penance.

PART V

CHAPTER I

Of Reprobate’s journey to the City of Babel.

CHAPTER II

How Predestined departed Capernaum for the Holy City of Bethel.

CHAPTER III

Of the Holy City of Bethel.

CHAPTER IV

Of the first borough of Bethel, and what happened there to Predestined.

CHAPTER V

Of the second borough of the City of Bethel.

CHAPTER VI

Of the first and second order of plants in this second borough of Bethel.

CHAPTER VII

Of the third order of plants.

CHAPTER VIII

Of the fourth order of plants.

CHAPTER IX

Of the third borough of the Holy City of Bethel.

CHAPTER X

How Predestined learned perfect sanctity.

Chapter XI

How Charity took Predestined to her cell, and how she served him,
and what favors she bestowed upon him there.

CHAPTER XII

Some dictates of Divine Love and Perfection that Charity shared
with Predestined.

PART VI

CHAPTER I

Of Reprobate’s last journey.

CHAPTER II

How Reprobate entered Babylon and there was received.

CHAPTER III

Of the Holy City of Jerusalem, the happy end of Predestined’s journey.

CHAPTER IV

Of what Predestined accomplished at the Gates of Jerusalem.

CHAPTER V

Of Predestined’s rigorous exam they gave Predestined before he
entered Jerusalem.

CHAPTER VI

Of the terrible bath taken in Purgatory by Predestined.

CHAPTER VII

The entrance of Predestined Pilgrim into Jerusalem and how he was received.

CHAPTER VIII

Of what Predestined did and said after some time in Jerusalem.

CHAPTER IX

Predestined’s exhortation to the Pilgrims of this life.

CHAPTER X

Conclusion of the complete history of Predestined Pilgrim and his
brother Reprobate.

Index

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