Histoire d'un dynamisme apostolique
Collection L'Histoire à vif
336 pages - oct. 2008
‘Each one of us must be what God wants us to be, and nothing else. We, the priests of Saint-Sulpice, are the root of the sacerdotal tree. The root must remain in the soil; if it is removed, it dries up and is fit for nothing but building a fire.’ So speaks M. Lebas, superior general from 1901-1904, reminding us of the Compagnie de Saint-Sulpice’s vocation: the training diocesan priests. From its foundation in 1641 by Jean-Jacques Olier to our times, a three-hundred and fifty-year-old tradition has been constructed amid change, trials and tribulation. That sacerdotal root was conceived and nourished by the founder, at the heart of a mystic experience set in the spiritual renewal in France at the beginning of the 17th century. He believed it was necessary to rediscover the force of the apostolic spirit that had encouraged the first disciples of Christ to announce the Gospel to the nations. This was the price of giving the French people the virtue of religion. A sacerdotal ‘elite’ was one way of reconstructing their weakened faith, an elite drawing its force from the contemplation and the meditation of the mystery of the Word made flesh. The priest must be close to the heart of Christ; He who is the only true worshipper of the Father. Olier and his successors carried this deeply evangelical intuition throughout the centuries, all over the world: to Canada in 1657, then to the United States in 1791. More recently, in the 20th century, many other countries and cultures have discovered and called upon the pedagogical experience of the Compagnie de Saint-Sulpice. The aim of this book is not to provide a scientific history. Perhaps this will come later; for now, at a time when many questions are being asked about the training of priests in the Western world and in France in particular, it seemed useful to publish a succinct history of the Compagnie de Saint Sulpice.
- Dimensions : 145x215x25
- ISBN : 9782204087131
- Poids : 520 grammes
Avec la collaboration de : Étienne Fouilloux