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"I invite everyone to look to Saint John of Avila [hoping] that the word and the example of this outstanding pastor will enlighten all priests and those who look forward to the day of their priestly ordination." With these words, Pope Benedict XVI, at the 2011 World Youth Day celebration in Madrid, announced his intention to declare Saint John of Avila a Doctor of the Universal Church. This small book is in some sense an answer to the Pope's desire "to look to" this great saint by introducing us to two of his most important treatises: On the Love of God and On the Priesthood. This present volume wants to bring this still unknown saint closer to the English-speaking world, thus helping the people of God, especially their priests, inflame their spiritual lives.
The Apostle of Andalusia and the spiritual advisor of St. Teresa, St. Francis Borgia, St. John of the Cross,St. Peter of Alcantara, and others. He was born on January 6, 1499, at Almodovar del Campo, Spain. After studying law at the University of Salamanca, he left the university to be a hermit. He then went to Alcala, where he was ordained. John drew great crowds with his fiery denunciations of evil and his many sermons. A brief imprisonment by the Inquisition in Seville made him even more popular. His missionary efforts were centered on Andalusia, and his letters and other writings have become Spanish classics.John was canonized in 1970.