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

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Parallel to his efforts with the secular clergy, Juan De Ávila kept a pastoral eye on the needs and spiritual aspirations of the laity. He inherited late medieval conventions predicated upon an ideal understanding of society as corpus christianum. This chapter discusses the contours of ÁVila's plan for the ascetic life of the laity. It begins begin with a discussion of the place of the Short Rule in Fray Luis de Granadas Guía de pecadores. The chapter discusses a text by Fray Tomás de Villanueva that Fray Luis de Granada included alongside that of Ávila, and compares them. It endeavors to reconstruct the very likely historical scenario behind the peculiar warnings contained in Diez documentos.

Keywords: Diez documentos; Fray Luis de Granada; Fray Tomás de Villanueva; Juan De Ávila; laity



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