Devotio Moderna:Basic Writings

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Devotio Moderna:Basic Writings
...a milestone in American religious publishing. New Catholic World Devotio Moderna: Basic Writings translation and introduction by John Van Engen preface by Heiko A. Oberman I intend to order my life to the glory, honor, and service of God and to the salvation of my soul; to put no temporal good of body, position, fortune or learning ahead of my soul's salvation; and to pursue the imitation of God in every way consonant with learning and discernment and with my own body and estate, which predispose certain forms of imitation. Geert Grote The Modern Devotion appears in nearly every textbook account of medieval spirituality as the characteristic expression of later medieval religious life. One written testimony to this Modern Devotion, The Imitation of Christ, was to prove the single most influential devotional book in the history of Western Christianity. Yet apart from the Imitation itself, the spiritual works that taught this New Devotion have rarely been translated into English and have never been gathered in a single place. With the publication of this volume, Van Engen has made available the essential sources of the devotional movement that later medieval people looked upon as modern or new. The movement originated with a Dutchman of patrician stock, Master Geert Grote, and was carried forward in communities that came to be known as the Brothers and Sisters of the Common Life. Eventually they acquired counterparts in orders, the regular canons and canonesses of the Windesheim congregation. This volume contains several works by the founder himself, Geert Grote, as well as representative lives of the Brothers and Sisters, translated for the first time from Latin and medieval Dutch. To illustrate the range of spiritual teaching these communities developed, Van Engen has chosen to translate works from several different genres: sayings that captured their religious insights, statutes that guided their collective lives, exercises that guided their individual lives, and collations or sermons that inspired their new devotion. Finally, Van Engen offers a modern translation of Gerard Zerbolt of Zutphen's Spirituality Ascensions as a kind of religious summation of the entire movement. Though little known today, it proved the single most widely read work inside the movement itself. +
Publication Date: 
January 19, 1988