Louis (or Luis) of Granada

Louis (Or Luis) Of Granada, a Spanish ascetic, theologian, and writer, was born at (Granada in 1504. In 1524 he joined the Dominicans, in the convent of Santa Cruz of Granada. In 1529 he was, on account of his great reputation, transferred to the convent of St. Gregory at Valladolid, where he attracted much attention by his preaching. He was afterwards recalled to Granada, to reform the convent of Scala Coeli, in the Sierra de Cordova. In the solitude of this convent he composed a number of religious works. He next went to Cordova as preacher, and became acquainted with John of Avila (q.v.), who acquired great influence over him. After spending eight years in Cordova, Louis went to Badajoz, where he founded a convent, of which he was the first abbot. Cardinal Henry, infant of Spain and archbishop of Ebora, desiring to avail himself of Louis's talents, attached him to his diocese. The queen of Portugal vainly offered to make him bishop of Viseu, and afterwards metropolitan of Braga; he accepted no office whatever, except that of provincial of his order in Portugal, which h held for some years. He finally retired into the convent of Santa Domingo of Lisbon, and devoted the remainder of his life to pastoral duties and to writing religious works. He died December 31, 1588. His works, a large number of which were translated into French, Italian, and German, are very numerous; among them the most important are, Memorial de la vida Christiana (Salamanca, 1566, 2 volumes, 8vo; Barcelona, 1614, fol.): —

Simbolo de la Fe (Salamanca, 1582, fol.; often reprinted and translated): — Guida de Pecadores (Salamanca, 1570, 8vo): — Compendio de la dottrina Christiana (Lisbon, 1564; Madrid, 1595, 4to): — Institucion y regla de bien vivir para los que empiecan a servir a Dios (Barcelona, 1566, 8vo; Madrid, 1616): — Libro de la Oracion y Meditacion (Salamanca, 1567, 8vo): — Collectanea moralis Philosophiae (Lisbon, 1571, 3 volumes, 8vo; Paris, 1582; and under the title Loci communes Philosophiae moralis, Cologne, 1604): — Rhetorica ecclesiastica (Lisbon, 1576, 4to), etc.; and a number of sermons. See Louis Munos, La Vida y Virtudes de Luiz de Grenada (Madrid, 1639, 4to); N. Antonio, Bibliotheca Hispana, 4; Quetil and Echard, Scriptores ordines Praedicatorum, 2; Tournon, Hommes illustres de l'ordre de Saint-Dominique. — Herzog, Real-Encyklop. 8:516; Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, 31:1034 sq. (J.N.P.)

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