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The science of the spiritual life, with stress on the operation of divine grace. It deals with the higher forms of mental prayer and with such extraordinary phenomena as are recorded in the lives of the saints. It is the science of the study of the mystic states. It is commonly distinguished from ascetical theology, which emphasizes free co-operation with and predisposition for divine grace.