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The History of the Sacred Passion
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Luis de la Palma (1559-1641) was a Spanish Jesuit priest and is considered part of the golden age of Spanish religious literature, alongside St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. John of Avila, Fray Luis of Granada, St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila. He wrote The History of the Sacred Passion in 1624. It met with enthusiastic reception and was soon translated into multiple languages. Henry James Coleridge (Devon, England, 1822-1893), writer on religious affairs and preacher. Nephew of the poet and philosopher, Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Studied at Eton and Oxford (Trinity College), going on to a distinguished university career at Oxford (Oriel). Converted from Anglican Orders to Catholicism, eventually becoming a priest in 1856 after moving to Rome to study for it. He became a Jesuit shortly afterwards, becoming an academic, writer and religious magazine editor, and authoring several influential biographies, treatises and commentaries, including the book, The Public Life of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Tony Okoromadu holds an MBA from IESE Business School, Barcelona, Spain, and a Masters in Economics from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. He has lived and worked in Europe, Africa and North America, with years of management experience in diverse industry sectors, the most recent being in Fortune 100 companies. These areas include international economic development, business development, market and industry analysis, strategy, and marketing. His analytical and intellectual competencies and business insights have received praise from prestigious institutions around the world, among them the Financial Times (United Kingdom), INSEAD (France), London Business School (United Kingdom), and The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (USA). His work on emerging African economies and their markets was published in 2010 in London, United Kingdom, and is currently a resource for companies in over 22 countries around the world, helping them make business decisions involving that continent. That work is also used in several universities in the United States including Texas A&M (College Station, TX), Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) and University of Florida (Gainesville, FL). A consultant based with his family in the United States, he speaks five languages and works closely with universities and colleges, particularly Texas A&M University, where he is Assistant Professor.

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"Had La Palma written about all of Jesus Christ's life the way he has written here about His Passion, there'd be no need for other works of biography of Our Lord; La Palma's work would have been enough and would have offered us a complete and timely understanding of all that Christ said and did, with such unsurpassable mastery and elegance that it would have become one of the most acclaimed works ever written."Cristobal de Zamora,
1624
"Palma belongs to the best age of Spanish religious literature: the age of Louis of Grenada, John of Avila, Louis of Leon, St. Teresa, St. John of the Cross, Louis da Ponte, and other famous writers. His writings have the characteristics of common sense, theological culture alike exquisite and solid, and the tenderest and simplest piety.This volume should spread the knowledge and assist the contemplation of the great mystery of our Redemption, and facilitate the use, first of the Christian reason and then of the heart, and make Our Lord's Passion better known to those for whom it was endured."Henry James Coleridge,
from the Preface,
1872
"This book is a priceless jewel, full of solid doctrine, devotion and fervent endearment of the virtues. It isn't a dry, scientific, narration of the Passion events, but a contemplative telling of those august mysteries. It achieves what is most important in any recounting of the Passion, which is: the intimate knowledge of Christ Our Lord, his admirable virtues, his affections of charity towards men, and the profound and divine reasons for his actions. All this is laid out by Fr. La Palma with the Gospels to hand, unraveling with profound knowledge the texts of the holy Evangelists. La Palma guides us to the sanctuary of Golgotha, lifts the veil that conceals the heart of Christ, and lays before us that spectacle of infinite charity, compelling us fall to our knees, stunned with admiration and consumed with a burning love."P. Antonio Astrain,
Historia del la Compania de Jesus en la Asistencia de Espana,
1916
"Fr. La Palma speaks with his heart, aiding the assiduous meditation of these sovereign mysteries. He employs ascetic features with a sobriety that astonishes by the precision of the pictorial material used, and he has done this to surprising effect. We should relish the gift of his "History of the Sacred Passion", a work that isn't only a masterpiece of ascetic writing, but indeed a most precious jewel of classical literature as well."Francisco X. Rodriguez Molero,
Mistica y estilo de la "Historia en la Sagrada Pasion" del P. la Palma,
1967

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