Jesus and Mary! Sacred names, always united in the mind and heart
every true Christian. Jesus, model of true manhood; Mary, model of
womanhood. Jesus, begotten of the Father before all ages, the
figure of His
substance, by whom were made all things of the Creator; original
remaining unfallen when every copy fell! Woman, destined from
crush the head of the unclean demon. Jesus and Mary! Models of the
life, to you is dedicated this new edition of a work of one of
servants, which is well calculated to lead many souls up the path
perfection till they reign with you in the Kingdom of Heaven.
The LITTLE BOOK OF ETERNAL WISDOM is among the best of the
Blessed Henry Suso, a priest of the Order of St. Dominic, who
lived a life
of wonderful labours and sufferings, and died in the Fourteenth
a reputation for sanctity which the Church has solemnly confirmed.
XVI granted to the whole Order of St. Dominic the privilege of
his office, and of offering the Mass yearly in his honour,
Second of March for his festival.
The Order of St. Dominic, known in the Church both as the Order of
Truth and the Order of Preachers, so rich in pontiffs, martyrs,
confessors, is also illustrious for its theologians, its ascetic
its great masters of the Spiritual life. Its mystic theologians
stand in the
first rank of those who have sealed the wondrous heights of
perfection. Not only have they stood on the mountain tops of the spiritual
life, but they have pointed out, with a clearness surpassed by no
writers, the path of ascent, marking for the unwary its every
wiles of the enemy are exposed; where, when, and how he seeks to
our ruin. Our defence is first outlined, and then given in detail.
source of strength is pointed out, and thus the perilous journey
Among the ascetic writers of the Order, mention may be made of St.
Thomas Aquinas, Blessed Albert the Great, Master Humbert, St. Antoninus, Dom
Bartholomew of the Martyrs, Ven. Louis of Granada, St. Vincent
Catherine of Sienna, and St. Catherine of Ricci, whilst the
Doctor John Tauler and Blessed Henry Suso are among the first of
mystic theologians of the Church.
THE LITTLE BOOK OF ETERNAL WISDOM was translated and published for
Catholics of England years ago, but has long been out of print. It
difficult to speak too highly of this little book or of its
soundness of teaching, sublimity of thought, clearness of
beauty of illustration, we do not know of a spiritual writer that
Henry Suso. He clothes virtue in such lovely garments, the path to
sublime heights of perfection is so clearly marked out, that the
soul is allured onward and assisted upward, till she stands with
guide in the full light of the Eternal Wisdom.