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Miguel de Molinos (c. 1628-1696) was one of the most important figures in the religious controversy known as Quietism. Spanish by birth, he spent nearly his entire adult life in Rome, where he attracted wide fame as a spiritual director and gained the favor of several prominent figures. His Spiritual Guide (1675) recommended a life of spiritual simplicity and promoted what became known as the prayer of quiet. On publication it was an immediate bestseller, but the Guide's fame came to an abrupt end in 1685 when Molinos was accused of heresy and sentenced to life imprisonment. He died in prison in 1696.
This Classics of Western Spirituality edition of the Spiritual Guide was translated from the new critical edition of José Ignacio Tellechea Idígoras. It provides an unabridged translation in modern English along with a historical introduction by the translator and a theological introduction by the eminent scholar Bernard McGinn.
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Table of Contents
Part 1 Miguel de Molinos: Life and Controversy Robert P. Baird 1
Part 2 Miguel de Molinos and the Spiritual Guide: A Theological Reappraisal Bernard McGinn 21
Notes on the Translation 40
Spiritual Guide That Frees the Soul and Leads it Along the Interior Path to Reach Perfect Contemplation and the Rich Treasure of Interior Peace 41
To the Reader 51
The Darknesses, Drynesses, and Temptations with Which God Purges Souls. Of Interior Recollection and Acquired Contemplation 63
The Spiritual Father and Obedience. Indiscreet Zeal. Interior and Exterior Penances 101
The Spiritual Martyrdoms with Which God Purges Souls; Infixed and Passive Contemplation; Perfect Resignation, Internal Humility, Divine Wisdom, True Annihilation, and Interior Peace 137
The Errors of Miguel de Molinos: Apostolic Constitution ?Caelestis Pater? issued by Innocent XI on Nov. 20, 1687, translated Bernard McGinn 185