LIFE OF CHRIST LUDOLPH OF SAXONY PDF

The great popularity of the Vita Christi is demonstrated by the numerous manuscript copies preserved in libraries and the manifold editions of it which have been published, from the first two editions of Strasbourg and Cologne, in , to the last editions of Paris: folio, , published by Victor Palme heavily criticised by Father Henry James Coleridge , SJ; see below , and 8vo, Marie-Prosper Augustine Paris, , and by D. Florent Broquin, Carthusian Paris, Although Aelred of Rievaulx d.

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The great popularity of the Vita Christi is demonstrated by the numerous manuscript copies preserved in libraries and the manifold editions of it which have been published, from the first two editions of Strasbourg and Cologne, in , to the last editions of Paris: folio, , published by Victor Palme heavily criticised by Father Henry James Coleridge , SJ; see below , and 8vo, Marie-Prosper Augustine Paris, , and by D.

Florent Broquin, Carthusian Paris, Although Aelred of Rievaulx d. Bonaventure d. St Ignatius read it whilst recovering from the cannon-ball wound after the siege of Pamplona in a Castilian translation. In his commentary on the Gospel for the Feast of Saint Mary Magdalen , the story where Mary the sister of Lazarus, comes into the house of the Pharisee where Jesus is eating, and washes his feet with her tears and then dries his feet with her hair, Ludolph repeatedly urges the reader to see that is, visualise the scene of the washing, and so on.

He also has insights into the humanity and attractiveness of Jesus. He explains why Mary the public sinner overcame her shame and entered the house of the Pharisee by noting that the Pharisee was a leper and disfigured from the disease.

St Mary Magdalen could see that since Jesus was prepared to eat with a leper, he would not reject her. This simple method of contemplation outlined by Ludolph and set out in Vita Christi, in many of his commentaries on the gospel stories that he chooses it can be argued influenced the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola. To this day members of the Society of Jesus may enter a Charterhouse , and if a vocation there does not work out, they may return to the Society of Jesus without penalty.

He found a Castilian translation of the long, worthy and popular Life of Christ by a certain Ludolph of Saxony, a 14th Century writer. Various portions of the work have been translated over the years.

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Ludolph of Saxony

He may have been born about , but this is uncertain. He first joined the Dominicans , possibly in about , [4] passed through an excellent course of literary and theological studies, and may have learnt the science of the spiritual life at the school of Johannes Tauler and Henry Suso , his contemporaries and companions in religion. After about thirty years spent in the active life, he was in given permission to become a Carthusian, on the grounds that he felt a calling to the stricter life of silence and solitude practiced by that order; [5] in that year he entered the Charterhouse Carthusian monastery of Strasburg. Three years later he was called upon to govern the newly founded Charterhouse of Koblenz ; but scruples of conscience led him to resign his office of prior in Having again become a simple monk, first at Mainz and afterwards at Strasburg, he spent the last thirty years of his life in retreat and prayer, and died on 13 April an octogenarian, universally esteemed for his sanctity, although he never seems to have been honoured with any public cult. Works[ edit ] Ludolph is principally remembered for two works: A Commentary upon the Psalms , concise but excellent for its method, clearness and solidity. He especially developed the spiritual sense, according to the interpretations of St.

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The Life of Jesus Christ, Volume 1

An ecclesiastical writer of the fourteenth century, date of birth unknown; d. His life is as little known as his works are celebrated. We have no certain knowledge of his native country; for in spite of his surname, "of Saxony", he may well, as Echard remarks, have been born either in the Diocese of Cologne or in that of Mainz , which then belonged to the Province of Saxony. He first joined the Dominicans , passed through an excellent course of literary and theological studies, and may have learnt the science of the spiritual life at the school of the celebrated doctors Tauler and Suso , his contemporaries and companions in religion. After about thirty years spent in the active life, he entered the Charterhouse of Strasburg towards the year Three years later he was called upon to govern the newly founded Charterhouse of Coblentz; but scruples of conscience led him to resign his office of prior in ; and, having again become a simple monk , first at Mainz and afterwards at Strasburg , he spent the last thirty years of his life in retreat and prayer , and died almost an octogenarian, universally esteemed for his sanctity , although he never seems to have been honoured with any public cult. Ludolph is one of the many writers to whom the authorship of "The Imitation of Christ" has been assigned; and if history protests against this, it must nevertheless acknowledge that the true author of that book has manifestly borrowed from the Carthusian.

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The Life of Jesus Christ : Part One, Volume 1, Chapters 1-40

Ludolph assembles a wealth of commentary from the fathers of the church and the great medieval spiritual writers and weaves them into a seamless exposition on the Gospel. This is the first English translation of this classic work, and it also is the first edition in any language to identify the thousands of sources used by Ludolph, both those he quotes and the many he cites without attribution. It will be of great interest to students of Christian spirituality, but it is intended, as was the original text, for ordinary believers seeking to enter more deeply into the meaning of the life of Christ. When complete, there will be 4 volumes. Walsh holds a doctorate in sacred theology from the Gregorian University in Rome.

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