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The Spiritual Exercises Of Juan De Ávila: His Rule For The Clergy

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This chapter establishes the development of Juan de Ávila's rule for the clergy. highlight the prominent influence of Erasmus of Rotterdam in Ávilas own conception of the function of reading in the spiritual life. The chapter discusses other letters and sources that allow us to trace the origins of his rule for the clergy. It was from Granada that in early 1538 Juan de Ávila wrote his letters to an unknown priest from Córdoba and to Garcia Arías. These letters reflect Ávila’s context in Granada and his thinking as he was shaping the new institution. Ávila continued his campaign for priestly renewal in the 1540s. In 1542 he took a major role in the restructuring of the University of Baeza, founded in 1538 and active as a center of higher learning until 1824.

Keywords: Córdoba; clergy; Garcia Arías; Juan de Ávila



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