Spiritual Guide which Disentangles the Soul
by Miguel de Molinos
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"My only scope was to teach the naked truth,
with humility, sincerity, and perspicuity." Thus open
Miguel Molinos' Spiritual Guide. Miguel Molinos was a
pious, 17th century mystic and the founder of Quietism.
Eventually his Quietist teachings were condemned, and he
was jailed. Nevertheless, for a few years, his book
Spiritual Guide was widely circulated. (It was even
translated into every language in Europe at the time,
within six years of its release.) In it, Molinos claims
that true spirituality consists in passive reflection of
God and withdrawal from the world. He interacts with many
of the Church fathers, often citing their work. The
overarching purpose of Spiritual Guide is to encourage
believers to conform their will to that of God's. This
version also includes a lesser-known work of Molinos:
Brief Treatise Concerning Daily Communion. In that work,
Molinos argues that believers should be allowed to take
communion every day for their own spiritual benefit.
Spiritual Guide is a controversial work, but many
believers have found it spiritual food enlightening and
CCEL Staff Writer