Spanish spiritual writer. Luis de Sarria was professed as a Dominican in Granada in 1525. In 1550/51 he was invited by the Cardinal Infante Henry to go to Portugal, where he spent most of the rest of his life. He refused the archbishopric of Braga, recommending instead Bartholomew of the Martyrs. His fame rests on his books of spiritual guidance, especially the Libro de la oración y meditación (‘Book on Prayer and Meditation’, 1554) and the Guía de pecadores (‘Guide for Sinners’, 1556–7). He aimed to give spiritual guidance for the laity as well as religious. He attributed great importance to the interior life, to mental as distinct from vocal prayer, and saw outward ceremonies as unimportant compared with the inner religious life.
Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700) — Christianity.