Author: Blois, Louis of, (1506-1566)
Louis de Blois, also known by his Latin name, Franciscus Ludovicus Blosius, became
abbot of the Benedictine Order at Liessies in 1530. As abbot, he concerned himself with
the renewal of the monastic spirit among the Benedictine brothers. The monastic spirit
was one of great learning and disciplined, righteous living, and Blois’ monastery became
widely known for those virtues. Blois wrote The Oratory of the Faithful Soul
for his fellow monks as an instrument of devotion and spiritual adoration. In turn, Blois
praises and meditates upon the Triune God, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and Jesus Christ.
With the passion of a mystic, the abbot fills his words with affection for his Redeemer.
Five hundred years later, Catholics still worship God through Blois’ devotions.