Moral and Mystical Theology: Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange OP

Posted January 29, 2019 2:04 am by David Torkington

Moral and Mystical Theology: Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange OP

It was after Quietism (1687) was condemned that the faithful were left with a spirituality that was primarily a moral teaching, without the love derived from mystical contemplation that would enable a person to live that moral teaching.
It was in the words of Monsignor Ronald Knox, “a joyless moralism” that was influenced by Jansenism that spread far and wide despite its condemnation by the Church. Jansenism was a sort of Catholic Calvinism born at the beginning of the seventeenth century in which the writings of the Greek and Latin Fathers were substituted for the Bible, but sadly love was lost

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