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Author: Louis of Granada
Translated & Adapted by: Jordan Aumann, OP
Copyright: 1998
First Printed: 03-16-1998

When the Second Vatican Council reminded the Christian faithful that they have an obligation to strive for the perfection of charity, it was simply repeating the teaching of such stalwarts in the spiritual life as Louis of Granada, St. Francis de Sales, and Christ himself. A contemporary of St. Teresa of Jesus, St. John of the Cross, St. Peter Alcantara, St. Francis Borgia and St. John of Avila — all of whom lived in the Golden Age of Spanish spiritual literature, Louis of Granada (1504-1588) stands without a peer among Dominican ascetical writers, and his works are known and loved throughout the Christian world. His spiritual teaching received official approbation from the Council of Trent and Pope Paul IV. Later, as he was approaching the end of his life, he received a personal letter of commendation from Pope Gregory XIII, who praised “the sublime doctrine and practical piety” of this humble Dominian friar. Together with St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622), Louis of Granada is aptly described as a theologian for the laity, even though during his lifetime he was disdainfully dismissed by some of the elite intellectuals as an author who “writes for the wives of carpenters.” Bishop Barbado of Salamanca’s reply to that was, “His critics seem to forget that the wife of [Joseph] the Carpenter was full of grace and blessed among women.” Timeless in its content and down-to-earth in its application of the principles of the spiritual life, this abridged edition of an ancient classic ought to find a warm welcome in the hearts and bookshelves of readers interested in deepening their relationship with God in prayer.

Book: 144 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8189-0805-7
Prod. Code: 0805-X

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