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Benedict z Canfieldu, zabudnutý učiteľ duchovného života
Benedict of Canfield. A Forgotten Teacher of Spiritual Life

Author(s): Ladislav Tkáčik
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, History, Philosophy, Cultural history, Theology and Religion, Philosophy of Religion, 17th Century
Published by: Vydavateľstvo Minor, Kapucíni na Slovensku
Keywords: Benedikt z Canfieldu; Regula perfectionis; kapucíni; spiritualita; mystika

Summary/Abstract: The paper wants to be a brief introduction to the work of the prominent English Recusant, Benedict of Canfield also known as Benet of Canfield, or Benoît de Canfeld (1562 – 1610), a member of the Parisian Capuchin province. His major work “Regula perfectionis” is the masterpiece of seventeenth-century mystical spirituality, which had circulated in manuscript since 1592 and served as a manual of two or three generations of mystics. For his influence, he has been called the “Maître des maîtres eux-mêmes”. Throughout the seventeenth century went through more than fifty editions in various languages but was also placed on the index of “libri prohibiti” in 1689. But Benedict’s writings stand full square in the tradition of the Franciscan masters of mystical theology, not least with St Bonaventure. This study is part of the intention to publish the complete Slovak translation of Benedict’s major work.

  • Issue Year: 1/2017
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 86-100
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Slovak