In print for over sixty years, Dom Eugene Boylan's remarkable spiritual classic is one to which Catholics continually return. In This Tremendous Lover, a Trappist monk speaks clearly and perceptively to the world of priests, religious, or laity still "in the world." Boylan explains God's plan for our happiness, and how we are each called to participate in this divine plan as members of the Mystical Body of Christ.
This Tremendous Lover has been called a modern version of Introduction to the Devout Life, the timeless sixteenth-century classic by St. Francis de Sales, and it is one of one hundred works on the Catholic Lifetime Reading Plan. This new edition includes a foreword by Lawrence S. Cunningham, a professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame.
Dom Eugene Boylan, O.C.S.O., was an Irish-born Trappist monk and writer who was born in 1904 and died in 1964. Ordained a priest in 1937, he began writing on spiritual topics, and in the 1940s he published two books, This Tremendous Lover and Difficulties in Mental Prayer, which became international bestsellers and were translated into many languages. In the late 1950s he undertook an extensive lecture tour of the United States ("This is the best retreat we ever had at Gethsemani," commented Thomas Merton after Boylan's visit there), and in 1962 he was elected the fourth abbot of Mount St. Joseph Abbey in Roscrea, Ireland. Two years later he died in an automobile accident.
What a pleasure to see this new edition of Dom Eugene Boylan's This Tremendous Lover make its appearance at a time when his writings are being rediscovered by a whole new generation of seekers, both lay and religious. This Christian Classic can be recommended to all who are intent on the one thing necessary.
- Br. Patrick Hart, O.C.S.O., Abbey of Gethsemani
A wonderful spiritual father who has written some excellent books on prayer and the spiritual life.
- Basil Pennington, O.C.S.O., Author Centering Prayer
Richly biblical, informed by the great tradition of the church, and obviously the work of someone who not only knew about Christ but knew him.
- Lawrence S. Cunningham, John A. O'Brien Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame
It was inevitable that the rising tide of spiritual classics rediscovered after half a century would include This Tremendous Lover. Every spiritually informed person read and cherished Fr. Boylan’s classic before the Second Vatican Council. I am grateful that it is back in a popular form, and I pray that it will be read as enthusiastically as it was half a century ago.
- Benedict J. Groeschel, C.F.R.
Foreword to the book