Exclamaciones del alma a Dios

Santa Teresa de Jesús​ (Gotarrendura o Ávila,​ 28 de marzo de 1515 ​ – Alba de Tormes, 4/15 de octubre de 1582) fue una monja, fundadora de la Orden de Carmelitas Descalzos —rama de la Orden de Nuestra Señora del Monte Carmelo—, mística y escritora española. También es conocida simplemente como santa Teresa de Ávila. Su nombre secular fue Teresa Sánchez de Cepeda Dávila y Ahumada.
Fue beatificada en 1614 (a poco más de treinta años de su muerte), canonizada en 1622 y proclamada doctora de la Iglesia católica en 1970 durante el pontificado de Pablo VI.

Junto con san Juan de la Cruz, se la considera la cumbre de la mística experimental cristiana​ y una de las grandes maestras de la vida espiritual de la Iglesia.

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Orthodoxy

Orthodoxy (1908) is a book by G. K. Chesterton that has become a classic of Christian apologetics.
Chesterton considered this book a companion to his other work, Heretics, writing it expressly in response to G.S. Street’s criticism of the earlier work, “that he was not going to bother about his theology until I had really stated mine”.
In the book’s preface Chesterton states the purpose is to “attempt an explanation, not of whether the Christian faith can be believed, but of how he personally has come to believe it.” In it, Chesterton presents an original view of Christian religion. He sees it as the answer to natural human needs, the “answer to a riddle” in his own words, and not simply as an arbitrary truth received from somewhere outside the boundaries of human experience. The book was written when Chesterton was an Anglican. He converted to Catholicism 14 years later. Chesterton chose the title, Orthodoxy, to focus instead on the plainness of the Apostles’ Creed, though he admitted the general sound of the title was “a thinnish sort of thing”.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (29 May 1874 – 14 June 1936), was an English writer, philosopher, lay theologian, and literary and art critic. He has been referred to as the “prince of paradox”.
Time magazine has observed of his writing style: “Whenever possible Chesterton made his points with popular sayings, proverbs, allegories—first carefully turning them inside out.” Chesterton created the fictional priest-detective Father Brown.

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Letter of Martin Luther to Pope Leo X

“The Church needs a reformation. And this cannot be the work either of a single man, as the pope – but it must be that of the whole world” (Martin Luther)

Martin Luther (10 November 1483 – 18 February 1546) was a German professor of theology, composer, priest, monk, and a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation.
Luther was ordained to the priesthood in 1507. He came to reject several teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church; in particular, he disputed the view on indulgences. Luther proposed an academic discussion of the practice and efficacy of indulgences in his Ninety-five Theses of 1517. His refusal to renounce all of his writings at the demand of Pope Leo X in 1520 and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Worms in 1521 resulted in his excommunication by the pope and condemnation as an outlaw by the Holy Roman Emperor.

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Manuale dei confessori

«In questo libro, destinato esclusivamente ai preti e ai diaconi, noi abbiamo tentato di raccogliere ciò che sarebbe pericoloso ignorassero i sacerdoti, svolgente il ministero della confessione, e ciò che non può essere spiegato negli atti pubblici dei seminari, né confidato indistintamente a giovani alunni senza peccare di indecenza.»

Jean-Baptiste Bouvier (Saint-Charles-la-Forêt, 16 gennaio 1783 – Roma, 29 dicembre 1854) è stato un vescovo cattolico e teologo francese. Bouvier fu l’autore di due manuali scolastici che ebbero un grandissimo successo nei seminari cattolici europei e americani: Institutiones theologicae e Institutiones philosophicae. Le due opere, in lingua latina, furono adottate a lungo, per lo meno fino al 1870, e ristampate più volte.

Traduzione di O. Gnocchi Viani.

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