After providing an in-depth introduction on the study of mysticism, Algar Thorold provides the English translation of Catherine of Siena's Dialogue, a series of colloquies divided into four treatises: “A Treatise of Divine Providence,” “A Treatise of Discretion,” “A Treatise of Prayer,” and “A Treatise of Obedience.”
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Mr. Thorold decidedly deserves the thanks of students of mysticism for his fine rendering of the Dialogue, and for his scholarly introduction. The Dialogue is a treasure-house of devotional inspiration to those who can read aright its messages, and the place it has held in the Church is sufficient guarantee of its astounding intellectual merit and its salutary efficacy.
Those who study mystical literature owe a debt of gratitude to Mr. Algar Thorold for rendering into English one of the great classics of mysticism. . . . Mr. Thorold’s translation reads easily and well.
Mr. Thorold’s excellent essay on Mysticism shows an extensive acquaintance with leaders of modern thought outside the Catholic Church, and their views on the supernatural. The subject is beset with dangers, but the author has written nothing that is not in accordance with sound theology.
Saint Catherine of Siena T.O.S.D (25 March 1347 in Siena – 29 April 1380 in Rome) was a tertiary of the Dominican Order, and a Scholastic philosopher and theologian. She also worked to bring the papacy of Gregory XI back to Rome from its displacement in France, and to establish peace among the Italian city-states. She was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church in 1970. She is one of the two patron saints of Italy, together with Francis of Assisi.
Algar Labouchere Thorold (1866–1936) is the author and translator of numerous books, including Six Masters in Disillusion and The Life of Henry Labouchere, as well as the introduction to Mary G. Steegmann’s translation of The Book of Divine Consolation of the Blessed Angela of Foligno.