The following translation of L'Homme Spirituel was made some years ago, and collated with the original, at the time, by the Very Rev. Ferdinand Coosemans, S. J.
To place so useful a work within the reach of a greater number, I have reduced its size about one-fourth, by omitting the Latin text of quotations and Scripture references, avoiding the frequent repetitions common with the writers of Father Saint-Jure's time, and, in general, adopting a concise style in rendering into English the quaint, verbose French of the original, written in the earlier half of the seventeenth century. Should any of my readers wish to verify quotations, etc., this may be done by procuring the French work in two volumes, which is by no means rare. The edition published by Perisse Freres (Paris, 1851) is, perhaps, the best.