Meet the Newest Doctor of the Catholic Church
Indecision was not in his heart. Surrounded by clerical corruption and unprecedented consumerism, St. John of Avila (1500-1569) led the authentic effort to reform the Church and Christian society during one of its darkest hours.
When faced with spiritually bankrupt seminaries and lax universities, St. John simply founded new ones. When vast regions of his homeland lapsed into spiritual indifference, he spent a decade storming the cities and villages to reignite the Faith. He fearlessly denounced decadent leaders and withstood the subsequent interrogations of the Inquisition with perfect charity, winning over skeptics and melting the hearts of sinners.
For St. Francis de Sales, he was "the learned and saintly preacher." St. Francis Borgia called him "the Great Master" and St. Teresa of Avila named him "the Master of things spiritual."
Pope Benedict XVI recently declared that he would name St. John of Avila the 34th "Doctor of the Universal Church."
And yet, most Catholics have never heard of him.
To help Catholics come to know the newest Doctor of the Church, Sophia Institute Press is releasing a collection of St. John's finest letters. Each letter has been carefully translated and is now available so you can come to know the man Pope John Paul II held up as a model for clerical reform.
Among the many lessons you will learn from this new Doctor of the Church:
"St. John of Avila is an ever timely model. He teaches us that there is a culture of the spirit from which flow the serenity and far-sightedness required to face the most complicated personal situations."-Bl. John Paul II
St. John is the newest Doctor of the Church. This is a book of letters and some of the contents are surprising. St. John is very direct and although compassionate, he doesn't sugar coat his advice. The recipients of his letters may not always have been happy about the advice given but it was always given in a spirit of love and for their salvation. People nowadays think its so easy to get to Heaven....are they going to be in for a big surprise. I'm glad I bought it.
This puts perspective on suffering in correct light and reality. Makes sense and gives everyone purpose.
I love this Saint.
Thy Will Be Done!
Comfort for the Sick and Dying
Love That Made Mother Teresa
Catholic Guide to Depression
Why Does God Permit Evil?
Why Bad Things Happen to Good Catholics