John of the Cross

(c. 1505—1560)

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Dominican spiritual writer. In 1538 he was sent with a group of other Spanish friars to help reform the Dominican Order in Portugal; he spent the rest of his life there. His main work was a ‘Dialogue on the Necessity of Vocal Prayer’. Against the prevalent spirituality of recollection, he argues that the spiritual life consists in the serious, deliberate practice of the virtues and not in interior devotional fervour.

Subjects: Christianity.

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