The Cross of Jesus
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By Louis Chardon, O.P. | Edited by Paul Jerome Keller, O.P.
The Cross of Jesus, the chef-d’oeuvre of the seventeenth-century spiritual writer Louis Chardon, is a fruitful synthesis of theology and mysticism. In style, the book is richly oratorical, replete with prayers, admonishments, and interrogations of the Divine worthy of the Book of Job; in content, it is arrestingly original, combining medieval scholarship and modern sensibility. This new edition, under the deft editorial direction of Paul Jerome Keller, O.P., combines the two volumes of the original English translation into one and includes a new Introduction, updated references, and revisions to the translation that better reflect the original French text. Its theological assiduity notwithstanding, The Cross of Jesus is a book, not for scholars, but for souls striving after sanctity.
Louis Chardon, O.P., (1595–1651) was a Dominican priest, mystic, and theologian. Educated at the University of Paris, Chardon wrote seven books, among which The Cross of Jesus is his masterpiece, and translated into French the Dialogue of St. Catherine of Siena.
Paul Jerome Keller, O.P., serves as full professor of sacramental and liturgical theology at Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary of the West in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the author of 101 Questions and Answers on the Sacraments of Healing, A Lenten Journey with Jesus Christ and Saint Thomas Aquinas, and A Year with the Eucharist.