French School of Spirituality and Term Paper

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9 for example, the Congregation of the Holy Ghost, formed through the union of an earlier society of priests of the Holy Spirit (founded by Claude-Francois Poullart des Places) and the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (founded by Francois-Marie-Paul Libermann in 1841), was influenced by the Sulpician and Eudist transmission of the French School through Libermann (1802-50), who was trained at St. Sulpice and was formed by the Olierian and Eudist spiritualities. Libermann is representative of this wider, more dispersed transmission of the French School. His independence from it is great, and his charisma quite original, stressing especially the active apostolate, but still believes in the same principles of Christocentrism and Marian piety of the founding mystics. This more diffuse "Berullianism" could be applied to the numerous priests, nuns, brothers, seminarians, students, and so forth, who have come under the influence of the religious families. Viewed in this perspective, the French School has been enormously productive in France and indeed throughout the Western world, with some beachheads in Asia and Africa.

Berulle and those who followed him, including Francis Libermann are acknowlede receive acknowledgment as crucial forces in spirituality. What Jordan Aumann says in his recent history of spirituality is standard: "The Christocentric spirituality of the French School was diffused so widely that for all practical purposes Catholic spirituality in modern times could be characterized as French spirituality." Among speculative theologians, the French School occasionally surfaces as a source of theological renewal in our times.

The French School of Spirituality: http://www.ewtn.com/library/Montfort/Handbook/Frenchs.htm

Daniel a. Helminiak: Catholicism's Spiritual Limbo: A Shift in "Incarnational" Spirituality http://www.spiritualitytoday.org/spir2day/873944helminiak.html

Bernard Tenailleau, "Father Libermann's Spirituality," Spiritans Today 4 (1985): 49-76

Jordan Aumann, Christian Spirituality in the Catholic Tradition (San Francisco: Ignatius, 1985), p. 218.

Sources Used in Document:

Daniel a. Helminiak: Catholicism's Spiritual Limbo: A Shift in "Incarnational" Spirituality http://www.spiritualitytoday.org/spir2day/873944helminiak.html

Bernard Tenailleau, "Father Libermann's Spirituality," Spiritans Today 4 (1985): 49-76

Jordan Aumann, Christian Spirituality in the Catholic Tradition (San Francisco: Ignatius, 1985), p. 218.

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