He proceeds, in the third, to point out that there is nothing, intrinsically, or extrinsically, impossible in the chief mysteries of the Christian faith, and that they are not, in any way, at variance with reason.The fourth book is mainly devoted to an exposition of the truth of the religion taught by Christ. This material is put online to further the educational goals of Liberty Fund, Inc. His was the eloquent ministry of the living word, rather than the calm apostolate of the lifeless pen.It begins thus: “The glorious triumph of the Cross over the worldly wise and over wordy sophists, etc.”.
Finally, another edition was issued at Grenoble, in 1666, under the care of the famous companion of Stephen Mency.
We have his five books—we might call them chapters, they are so brief—on “The Simplicity of the Christian Life”; a treatise on “Humility”; an exposition of the “Our Father,” and another of the “Hail Mary”;1 commentaries on some of the Psalms; an explanation of the Mass, and of the ceremonies of the Holy Sacrifice; certain rules for good Christian living (composed when he was in prison), and a number of other letters and booklets.
But perhaps the most notable, as well as the most useful, of his writings are the four little “Books,” as he calls them, which these words are to introduce to the English-reading public, and which he himself styles, in the Prologue or Introduction to the First Book, a defence of “the glorious ” over “the profane and foolish babble of worldly-wise Philosophers”. Philip Neri, the Apostle of Rome, who was ever staunch in his loyalty to the memory of the one who, for a time at least, was the Apostle of his own native Florence, it is said, that this was one of his favourite books.
The Saint’s biographer, Cardinal Capecelatro, writes: “It is well known that Philip often read the writings of Savonarola, especially is (he tells us) an accurate work, and one approved by all learned men.
Savonarola undertook it for this special reason, namely, that he might clearly show what were his real feelings as regards the Catholic Faith and the Apostolic See; and that he might refute the calumnious accusation of heresy and schism, which had been laid to his charge by his adversaries.