Nov 272011

From time to time on Patrick Madrid’s Open Line show on EWTN or as part of Catholic Answers I have heard him refer callers to a book named Spiritual Theology (Stagbooks) by Father Jordan Aumann, O.P.  So I started to look around for it.  This book being published in 1980 is not readily available and so is rather pricey in either new or in used condition.  I happened to come across that they have this book available online at and so I downloaded each chapter and created an ebook of it to read.

First off my impression of the book is simply wow!  I have been using it for spiritual reading over the last month and I was just totally impressed by it.  The late Fr. Aumann takes the categories of Ascetical  and Mystical theology and treats it under the category of spiritual theology.  This is like a catechism of spiritual theology and provides an in-depth coverage of the subject.  Since it was written by an Dominican of course you can expect lots of distinctions, something I really like.  The best thing is just how accessible it is considering this is such a complex subject.  He refrains from using philosophical technical terms when not required and fully explains them when he does use them.  This is a book I think would be beneficial for all and one that can be also used as a reference considering its broad range.

As an interested layman and very amateur theologian I was also very happy to find beyond the accessibility of the book that there was nothing I could consider dubious that would set off my theological spider senses.  When a theological proposition is uncertain he says so frankly and so you always know what is Church teaching and what is theological speculation. The book is filled with the wisdom of the Doctors of the Church and you find referenced particularly St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, the Carmelite Doctors, St. Ignatius of Loloya, and St. France de Sales.  As such he provides an amazing synthesis of the teachings of these Doctors as it applies to spiritual theology.  At 448 pages this is not a quick read, but one totally worthy of study and as a reference to come back to.

Considering that is book is available online and also as a zip file here I don’t think there are any problems with me providing an ebook edition of it.  The online edition contains some formatting errors as it was probably scanned in using OCR. Regardless these formatting errors are very minor and infrequent and do not distract from a reading of the text.

Spiritual Theology – ePub version


Spiritual Theology – Kindle version

  4 Responses to “Spiritual Theology”

  1. file cant open in microsoft or adobe =(

  2. Are you sure you’re not violating copyright by doing this? He died in ’07, meaning this goes public domain in 66 years. I didn’t see anything on that site to indicate that Dominican Central Province had any kind of deal with the University of Santo Thomas (which holds the copyright); you’d think it would say “posted with permission” or something. Since it’s in the “Study” directory of the site, I’m guessing it was posted under the false assumption that any reproduction that relates to educational use is automatically fair use.

    • This book is available for free to download in a number of different formats here:

      There is no copyright violation. It is an excellent book and I am the one most probably on CAF that quoted it and made it available before my computer crashed.

      The other great Catholic Book online is “The Truth About the Devil” by Rev. Dominic Syzmanski, the Franciscan Abbot who brought St. Kolbe’s Movement, “The Army of the Immacula”, to the United States. An Abbot is a religious Ordinary and rules his monastery just as a Bishop rules his diocese.
      This book was written in 1944 and it appeared as a series of articles in the “Immaculata” Catholic magazine as a series of articles from May 1973 to December of that year. In 1974 it was published as a book; but the original copies are upwards of $100.

      These two books are excellent foundational Catholic documents by reliable Catholic priests for sources.

      Pax Christi,
      Thomas aka BP on CAF

  3. […] year I read Fr. Jordan Aumann’s theology which I absolutely loved.  I recently finished another book he wrote Christian Spirituality in the Catholic […]

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