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Classics of Western Spirituality

Overview

Study modern Catholic thought and philosophy with key spiritual writings spanning from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries. Classics of Modern Catholic Spirituality presents sermons, poetry, essays, seminal treatises, correspondence, founding documents for religious orders, and more. Learn about the spirituality of John Baptist de La Salle, the father of modern education. Pore over sermons by John Henry Newman. Lose yourself in the spiritual musings of Teresa of Ávila, Elisabeth Leseur, and Maria Maddalena de’ Pazzi. You’ll find inspiration from saints, clergy, mystics, Doctors of the Church, and other notable figures featured in this comprehensive collection.

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Key Features

  • Presents the spiritual writings of prominent Catholic figures from the last five centuries
  • Introduces several significant schools of thought, religious orders, and more
  • Provides a glimpse into the spirituality behind many well-known Catholic mystics
  • Includes rare English translations of important works

Product Details

Individual Titles

Alphonsus de Liguori: Selected Writings

  • Author: Alphonsus de Liguori
  • Editor: Fredrick M. Jones
  • Series: The Classics of Western Spirituality
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1999
  • Pages: 448

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This volume contains selected writings of Alphonsus de Liguori (1696–1787); saint, bishop, founder of the Redemptorists, and Doctor of the Church. These writings touch on many different areas: spirituality, spiritual direction, devotion, prayer, and moral theology.

Angelus Silesius: The Cherubinic Wanderer

  • Author: Angelus Silesius
  • Translator: Maria Shrady
  • Series: The Classics of Western Spirituality
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1986
  • Pages: 160

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This volume contains poetic texts by one of the great German mystics of the seventeenth century, Angelus Silesius (1624–1677). These texts, written in the form of the epigram, are still used today for contemplative prayer and as part of German Christmas folklore.

Bérulle and the French School: Selected Writings

  • Editor: William M. Thompson
  • Translator: Lowell M. Glendon
  • Series: The Classics of Western Spirituality
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1989
  • Pages: 384

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This work provides an introduction to the history and major themes of the seventeenth-century French School of Spirituality and its contemporary relevance. Included are works of Pierre de Bérulle (1575–1629), Madeleine de Saint-Joseph, Jean-Jacques Olier, and John Eudes.

Elisabeth Leseur: Selected Writings

  • Author: Elisabeth Leseur
  • Editor: Janet K. Ruffing
  • Translator: Janet K. Ruffing
  • Series: The Classics of Western Spirituality
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Pages: 335

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Elisabeth Leseur (1866–1914) was a French lay women whose work touched suffering, devotions, and lay and feminist spirituality. This volume contains selections from her entire corpus, including her letters, which have never before appeared in English.

Fénelon: Selected Writings

  • Author: Fénelon
  • Editor: Chad Helms
  • Translator: Chad Helms
  • Series: The Classics of Western Spirituality
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 400

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This book offers, for the first time in English, a translation of Fénelon’s (François de Salignac de la Mothe-Fénelon) (1651–1715) major spiritual writing, the Maxims of the Saints and other seminal works of fiction and spiritual direction, such as the famous “Letter to Louis XIV.”

Francis de Sales, Jane de Chantal: Letters of Spiritual Devotion

  • Authors: Francis de Sales and Jane de Chantal
  • Translator: Péronne Marie Thibert
  • Series: The Classics of Western Spirituality
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1988
  • Pages: 296

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This volume consists of letters of spiritual direction written by Francis de Sales (1567–1622) and Jane de Chantal (1572–1641) that reveal the richness of Salesian spirituality. The letters show the daily attempts of laity, clergy, cloistered religious, and others to live in the authentic spirit of Jesus.

Jeanne Guyon: Selected Writings

  • Author: Jeanne Guyon
  • Editor: Dianne Guenin-Lelie and Ronney Mourad
  • Translator: Dianne Guenin-Lelie and Ronney Mourad
  • Series: The Classics of Western Spirituality
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 368

Jeanne Guyon was a seventeenth-century French mystic and Quietist, and a fascinating figure in the court of Louis XIV. This book offers new translations of her most important spiritual and autobiographical writings and introduces readers to her life and work.

John Baptist de La Salle: Spirituality of Christian Education

  • Author: John Baptist de La Salle
  • Editors: Carl Koch, Jeffrey Calligan, and Jeffrey Gros
  • Series: The Classics of Western Spirituality
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 266

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This book discusses the spirituality of the first major spiritual writer (1651–1719) to integrate the Christian vocation of education of the poor by lay men and women into a coherent spirituality. John Baptist de La Salle is considered to be the founder of modern education.

John Henry Newman: Selected Sermons

  • Author: John Henry Newman
  • Editor: Ian Ker
  • Series: The Classics of Western Spirituality
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1993
  • Pages: 432

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John Henry Newman (1801–1890), a convert from Anglicanism, is a seminal Roman Catholic theologian. This volume includes 34 of his Anglican sermons and four from other sources. This edition contextualizes Newman’s spirituality and is notable for its introduction by Ker, a leading Newman scholar.

John of Avila: Audi, Filia–Listen, O Daughter

  • Author: John of Avila
  • Translator: Joan Frances Gormley
  • Series: The Classics of Western Spirituality
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 352

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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.

John of the Cross: Selected Writings

  • Author: John of the Cross
  • Editor: Kieran Kavanaugh
  • Series: The Classics of Western Spirituality
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1988
  • Pages: 326

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This volume contains carefully chosen texts that give a picture of the “essential” St. John of the Cross (1542–1591), a Spanish Carmelite. Included are selections from The Ascent of Mount Carmel, The Dark Night, and Spiritual Canticle.

Luis de León: The Names of Christ

  • Author: Luis de León
  • Translators: Manuel Durán and William Kluback
  • Series: The Classics of Western Spirituality
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1983
  • Pages: 416

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The Names of Christ, a masterpiece of the golden age of Spain, was written by Luis de León (1527–1591), an Augustinian friar, a professor, and a poet. Written in the style of a pastoral dialogue, it is a meditation on the significance of Christ’s names.

Maria Maddalena de’ Pazzi: Selected Revelations

  • Author: Maria Maddalena de’ Pazzi
  • Translator: Amando Maggi
  • Series: The Classics of Western Spirituality
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2000
  • Pages: 384

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In one of the only English translations available, here are the mystical visions of Maria Maddalena de’ Pazzi (1566–1606), whose mystical works are a fascinating meditation on the nature and purpose of language.

Miguel de Molinos: The Spiritual Guide

  • Author: Miguel de Molinos
  • Editor: Robert P. Baird
  • Translator: Robert P. Baird
  • Series: The Classics of Western Spirituality
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 256

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This volume features an unabridged translation into modern English of The Spiritual Guide, one of the classic texts of the Quietist movement. The Spiritual Guide was written by Miguel de Molinos (c. 1628–1696), who was one of the most important figures in the religious controversy known as Quietism.

Robert Bellarmine: Spiritual Writings

  • Author: Robert Bellarmine
  • Editors: John P. Donnelly and Roland J. Teske
  • Translators: John P. Donnelly and Roland J. Teske
  • Series: The Classics of Western Spirituality
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1988
  • Pages: 416

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Robert Bellarmine (1542–1621), a Jesuit as well as a leading theologian of the Counter-Reformation, had an enormous effect on the religious life of his age. Included in this volume are two of his most influential ascetical works: The Mind’s Ascent to God, written in the tradition of Bonaventure and John Climacus, and The Art of Dying Well.

Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: Selected Writings

  • Author: Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
  • Translator: Pamela Kirk Rappaport
  • Series: The Classics of Western Spirituality
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Pages: 445

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Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz (1648–1695), a Mexican Hieronimite nun, is considered to be one of the great lyric poets of the Spanish language. Here is the only translation of her religious writings in one volume, including poetry, drama, devotional works and her intellectual autobiography.

Teresa of Avila: The Interior Castle

  • Author: Teresa of Avila
  • Editor: Kieran Kavanaugh
  • Translators: Kieran Kavanaugh and Otilio Rodriguez
  • Series: The Classics of Western Spirituality
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1979
  • Pages: 256

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Teresa of Ávila (1515–1582), a Spanish mystic, is considered to be one of the most profound spiritual teachers in the history of Christianity. The Interior Castle is Teresa’s masterpiece.

Theatine Spirituality: Selected Writings

  • Editor: William V. Hudon
  • Translator: William V. Hudon
  • Series: The Classics of Western Spirituality
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Pages: 320

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This volume presents key spiritual writings by members of the Theatine religious order, founded in Italy in 1524, along with an introduction that places the texts and the order in the context of Renaissance and Counter-Reformation Italy.

Vincent de Paul and Louise de Marillac: Rules, Conferences, and Writings

  • Author: Vincent de Paul and Louise de Marillac
  • Editors: Frances Ryan and John E. Rybolt
  • Series: The Classics of Western Spirituality
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1995
  • Pages: 352

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This volume contains the rules, conferences and writings of these two Vincentian founders who, through service to the poor, left an indelible mark on the church in France in the seventeenth century and beyond. Louise de Marillac (1591–1660) first came to Vincent de Paul (1581–1660) for spiritual direction and they became coworkers and friends for the rest of their lives.