THE DEVOTIO MODERNA
 and
THE BRETHREN
of the
COMMON LIFE

Illum.MS. Med. Text,
Amiens 1547

FOUNDED by Gert de Groote ca. 1370, the Brethren of the Common Life eventually formed both a lay confraternity and an order of Augustinian Canons Regular.  Strongly influenced by the mysticism of Ruysbroeck, the piety of the devotio moderna  is exemplified by the Imitation of Christ, attributed to Thomas Kempis.


[The following text is based on materials presented at St. John's Seminary in 2002 by Keith Lewis, Ph.D.)

SOME MAJOR CHARACTERISTICS
of the
DEVOTIO MODERNA

 


TEN PRINCIPAL DESCRIPTORS of the SPIRITUALITY
of the
DEVOTIO MODERNA

Conversio:

Bekeerynge/zich keeren

Resolutio

een geode opzet maaken

Exercitium

oefening

Profectus virtutum:

in doegeden voert gane

Charitas:

liefde

Humilitas:

oetmoedichlicheid

Obedientia:

gehorsamheid

Affectus:

begheerlichheid

Ardent:

vuurig

Puritas Cordis:

reinigheid des hertes

 


 

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