This volume contains a general introduction to the life and work of St. John of Avila (1499–1569), a major figure in the reform of the church in sixteenth century Spain, along with a translation of his major work, the Audi, Filia, a guide to the spiritual life beginning from the ascetical practices of resisting the allurements of the world and terminating in union with the crucified Lord by which the soul shares Christ’s radiant beauty. This guide will be a useful tool for those seeking to learn more about the history of the Catholic church in Spain and for those seeking devotional guidance.
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John of Ávila (January 6, 1499–May 10, 1569) was a Spanish priest, preacher, scholastic author, and religious mystic, who has been declared a saint and Doctor of the Church by the Catholic Church.