French School of Spirituality
St. John Eudes is part of the French School of Spirituality. He was one of the disciples of Pierre de Berulle who initiated this renewal movement in the 17th century France. The French School is not a system nor a deduction from philosophical principles. It is all about a person, JESUS CHRIST himself. Hence, the marked Christocentrism in this school of spirituality.
The living tradition which is the life blood of the religious and priestly families which evolved directly or indirectly from the French School also belongs to the the Church which it never stops vivifying. The French School remains relevant today as it endeavored to tackle and grapple with realities that touches human need for the Transcendent:
Another characteristic of the Berullian current, as French School is sometimes referred to, is the concern for "reunification, the integration from both the outside and the inside" of the Christian way of life.
St. John Eudes & Pierre de Berulle
What distinguishes St. John Eudes from his master is his practicality. His soul was that of a missionary and the mission is foremost in his mind. He attempts to provide his "dear reader" or his listeners with practical material they can put to use directly. The challenge facing this pastor's heart was to help each Christian discover the riches of his/her Baptism. The idea he proposes to every baptized person is to "FORM, SANCTIFY, ALLOW JESUS TO LIVE AND REIGN IN US."
In the Eudist spiritual heritage, our desire for converion will not translate into methodical efforts, even if such efforts are necessary, but will first command a loving and admiring look at Jesus:
- Adapted from Spiritual Itinerary for Today with St. John Eudes.