Appeared in Summer 1990, Vol. XVI, No. 2

Louis of Granada stands without a peer among dominican ascetical writers, and throughout the seventeenth century his writings were a constant source of inspiration and education for christians throughout the civilized world. He reached his maturity during the Council of Trent and at the high point of the Golden age of Spain. He died in 1588, when the imperial supremacy of Spain was beginning to wane.

Both as a preacher and a writer, Fray Louis dedicated himself assiduously to the indoctrination and spiritual formation of the common people. A contemporary writer stated: “Water girls carried his books under their arms and the market women read them as they waited to sell their merchandise.” But another contemporary said of him with disdain that he wrote for the “wives of carpenters,” forgetting, perhaps, that the wife of a carpenter was the mother of God and the Queen of angels and saints.

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