Editorial |Fr. Jean-Michel Amouriaux, Eudist General Superior
Both the Congregation of Jesus and Mary and the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, because they possess a precious spiritual treasure that benefits the whole Church, have introduced the Cause of their Founder Saint John Eudes (1601-1680) for a Doctorate. His teachings are contained in the thirteen volumes of his Complete Works (cf. Presentation booklet).
We believe that the way developed by Saint John Eudes to accompany the Christian experience is likely to support the life of the faithful and the proclamation of the Gospel of Christ in our world today. John Eudes appears at the dawn of modern times, a moment in history when the world is going through profound changes in the manner of perceiving reality and living up to it. Suffice to recall the many disturbances relating to the XVIIth Century with Copernic, Descartes, the birth and development of modern science, the discovery by Western explorers of distant continents, the expansion of missions towards Canada and Cochin-China.
This is also the time when is brought forth the resolute passage towards the inner self, a migration towards the heart regarded as the fundamental referent of one’s being, the focal point where the quest of truth is henceforth settled. Within this context, Saint John Eudes and many of his contemporaries will have strived to discover the best manner to express and support the Christian way of life: Bérulle, Olier, Vincent of Paul as well as several other great spiritual figures of holiness will have become promoters of a new evangelisation. At the dawn of the XXth Century, Fr Bremond named this spiritual and apostolic renewal the French School of Spirituality. It has stamped a lasting and fruitful mark on the universal Church.
We wish that the doctrine of Saint John Eudes be better offered to the faithful of our time since our desire is to share the precious heritage he has conveyed. May the whole Church benefit from the inspiration that illuminated the nature, the deeds and the works of our Founder. May the process of recognition attain its end for the greater glory of God and the good of the Church.
Why saint John Eudes “Doctor of the Church” ?
De tout temps, l’Église offre aux fidèles le témoignage d’hommes et de femmes qui peuvent les guider dans leur suite du Christ, dan leur intelligence de la foi et dans leur vie chrétienne. Ainsi, au cours des siècles, l’Église a accordé le titre de “Docteur de l’Église” à de grands saints et saintes dont la vie et l’enseignement constituent une richesse et une référence pour la vie de tous les baptisés. Au cours des dernières décennies, ont été déclarés “docteur de l’Église” des figures aussi différentes que sainte Catherine de Sienne, sainte Thérèse de Lisieux et, récemment, saint Jean d’Avila et sainte Hildegarde de Bingen. [En savoir +]