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The Poetical Works of Robert Browning Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 Excerpt: ...who revived the spirit of the theology of St. Augustine. His teachings passed into France, and there gained the name of Jansenism about the middle of the sixteenth century. This was a liberal movement within the Catholic Church, based on the same spiritual principles as Protestantism, and for that reason opposed by the Jesuits, and finally condemned by the Church. The Jansenist movement found its noblest expression in Port Royal, the Arnaulds, Feuelon, and the Provincial Letters of Pascal. The Jansenist teachings were revived by Michel or Miguel de Molinos, 1627-1696, a Spaniard, who published in 1675 his II Guida Spirituale, The Spiritual Guide. This book became very popular and was translated into many languages, appearing in English in 1699. Molinos had a genius for religious instruction, and the ability to make spiritual things real to those he influenced. His doctrine is often described as Quietism, and it is simply mysticism, or the belief that God communicates himself directly to the hnman soul. Molinos won many followers in Rome, among them Christine of Sweden and Innocent XI. The Roman church, however, has never been friendly to mysticism; Molinos was brought to trial, Innocent was driven to condemn him, but greatly against his will, and he was sentenced to perpetual silence. (19) Nepotism, Latin, nepos = nephew, custom of popes of bestowing positions and salaries on their sons, who were called their nephews for diplomatic reasons. (24) carlines, coin worth four cents. 9: 14, obelisk, brought from Egypt by Augustus and set up in Circus Maximus, but, having fallen, was removed to Piazza del Popolo in 1589 by Sixtus V. (38) Canon, member of order in Roman Church between monks and secular clergy, instituted in eighth century. Canons live and eat toget... Hide synopsis

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