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Francisco de Osuna: Third Spiritual Alphabet (Classics of Western Spirituality)

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Francisco de Osuna (c. 1492-c. 1540) was born in the Seville region of Spain on the eve of that country's golden age of mysticism that saw the sublime achievements of Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross. Osuna entered the Order of Friars Minor of the Regular Observance when Cardinal Jimenez de Cisneros was spearheading a reform movement that encouraged believers to nouri ...more
Paperback, 640 pages
Published December 1st 1992 by Paulist Press International,U.S. (first published January 1st 1981)
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Practical advice on leading a good life in the 16th century, maintaining relevance today.

It gets interesting about the 13th Treatise: The greatest requirement of prayer is that we do not doubt when we present our petitions but pray firmly confident that we will be heard. Our Lord commanded us to pray (and to be brief). Of all vocal prayers the most blessed prayer of the Pater Noster is preeminent, primarily because of the merit of its author, who was absolutely wise and absolutely powerful and c
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This book is one of my all time favorites. As a young girl, St Theresa of Avila read this book to her uncle, as he requested. This was life changing for her, drawing her into a personal relationship with Jesus. This was the catalyst that jump started a journey into the very depths of her Beloved. From this beginning, she too wrote many books. Her complete works which ahve been translated by Kieran Kavanaugh are excellent.

However, this book also achieved for me, God's revelation of mystical unio
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Francisco of Osuna, O.F.M. (1492 or 1497 – c. 1540), was a Spanish Franciscan friar and author of some of the most influential works on spirituality in that nation in the 16th century.

His book The Third Spiritual Alphabet influenced Saint Teresa of Jesus. It is considered a masterpiece of Franciscan mysticism. His premise in the book is that friendship and communion with God are possible in this l
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