Thomas of Jesus

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Thomas of Jesus (Lisbon, 1529 – Sagena, Morocco, April 17, 1582), also known as Tome de Jesus and Tomé de Andrade, was a reformer and preacher, instrumental in creating the Discalced Augustinians. [1]

His main work, Os Trabalhos de Jesus, is a mystical text consisting of contemplations on the sufferings of Jesus. He wrote it while a captive in Morocco. The book was published between 1602 and 1609, and was translated into several languages, including Latin, Spanish, English, and German.

Father Thomas of Jesus (1568-1582) wrote the Latin treatise De contemplatione divitia libri VI ("Six books on the divine contemplation"), firstly published at Cologne in 1684 [2]

For the Andrada's family he "belonged to one of the most illostrious house of Portugal" [3] . Referring to the King Sebastian's "expedition into Africa in 1578" [3] , he was "mixing with the gay and nobles and soldiery" with the mission "to nurse the sick and tend the wounded", and to prevent imprisoned Christian slaves from the mortal sin of apostasy, being converted or claiming the "Mahometan unbelief".

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References

  1. PD-icon.svg Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Thomas of Jesus". Catholic Encyclopedia . New York: Robert Appleton Company.
  2. Adolphe D. Tanquerey (Rev.) (1930). The Spiritual life. A treatise on spiritual and mystical theology. archive.org (2nd ed.). Tournai (BG): Society of St John the Evangelist, Desclée & Co (printers for the Holy See and the Sacred Congr. of Rites). pp. xli (bibliography). Archived from the original on Dec 16, 2018., with the imprimatur of Michael J. Curley, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Baltimore
  3. 1 2 Henry Edward Manning (card.) (1855). Pictures of Christian Heroism. archive.org . London: Burns and Lambert. p.  241-242. Archived from the original on Dec 16, 2018.