Finding Confidence in Times of Trial

Letters of St John of Avila

Finding Confidence in Times of Trial book cover
Preview book
$14.95

About this item

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:

  • The life-giving habits of an authentic Christian life, which are found not through false "conversions" and "visions," but in the slow and steady steps on the path of holiness.
  • How suffering is frequently the means God chooses to reveal His mercy and His design for our lives.
  • True beauty: for a Christian it will shine out in poverty, chastity, and fidelity, not in the luxuries and comforts of this world.
  • The easy graces of the liturgical year: one of the surest ways to develop in sanctity, and how Christians should ready themselves for the gifts which the Holy Spirit will send.
  • The dangers of personal resolutions: These are often built upon pride and mistaken notions, but God sends us every day trials to transform us into His spiritual champions.
  • How a Christian should prepare himself for Holy Mass, how to approach the Blessed Sacrament, and what real participation in the Sacrifice means.
  • That weakness, persecution, and infidelity are often found within the institutional Church, and what we can do to combat it or at least suffer it faithfully.
Share This
Pope John Paul II photo

"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."

Pope John Paul II

"Who would not want to have arguably the greatest theologian and convert maker of the last two centuries at his side as he enters into conversation with the Lord on a daily basis? This book will help you immensely in your struggle for holiness and winning the world for Christ and His Church."

Fr. C. John McCloskey
Research Fellow at the Faith & Reason Institute
  • Pages: 160
  • Format(s): Paperback, eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-933184-83-8
  • Product Code: 4838
  • Availability: In Stock
RatingRatingRatingRatingRating
Authentic encounter with a great Saint
I liked this book very much because the writing is very clear even though the ideas are sometimes very sophisticated. I also liked it because it gives me an authentic experience with the personality of this great saint, who was always so kind and gracious to everyone to whom he wrote these letters.
Was this review helpful to you?
Helpful
+0
Not Helpful
-0
RatingRatingRatingRatingRating
Inspirational
My husband was looking for a book on St. John Avila. I got him this as a gift. He read it and found the meditations inspirational. He uses it during Adoration at our church.
Was this review helpful to you?
Helpful
+0
Not Helpful
-0
RatingRatingRatingRatingRating
This book is full of sound, down-to-earth advice on how to be a Christian. Even though it was written 400 years ago, it still applies.
Was this review helpful to you?
Helpful
+0
Not Helpful
-0
RatingRatingRatingRatingRating
Clear and straightforward and unlikely to resonate in todays world but it should
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.
Was this review helpful to you?
Helpful
+1
Not Helpful
-0
RatingRatingRatingRatingRating
Everyone needs to hear this today.
This puts perspective on suffering in correct light and reality. Makes sense and gives everyone purpose. I love this Saint.
Was this review helpful to you?
Helpful
+1
Not Helpful
-0

Recommended for You …


Thy Will Be Done! book cover
$16.95
Why Does God Permit Evil? book cover
$13.95
From Grief to Grace book cover
$15.95
The Catholic Guide to Loneliness book cover
$16.95 $10.00
Email address required.

A valid email address is required to complete logging in with Twitter. We'll only ask for this the first time you use Twitter login.