SPIRITUAL MAXIMS. by John Nicholas Grou, S.J. Newly translated and edited by a Monk of Parkminster, with an appreciation by Baron Friedrich Von Hugel (Burns Oates,. 10s. 6d.).
FATHER GROU, who lived the greater part of his life in poverty and obscurity, was one of the most outstanding writers and spiritual directors of the 18th Century. and this fine, very lucid translation of his "Maxims" should reach a wide public.
Fr. Grou possessed an unusual sensitivity of mind, with a compassionate and complete understanding of people's difficulties. aspirations and waverings. (One feels it would have been a high privilege to have spoken to him.) In the "Maxims", although he stresses the need of a religious director, the main theme is the importance Of following, moment by moment, the hidden inspira tions and promptIngs of the Holy Spirit For people needing advice. seeking a spiritual way of life amid present-day difficulties. the Maxims with their reasonableness and great readability. present clearest direction.