Mediaeval Mercies –
During the Middle Ages, God reached out to the Roman Catholic Church with two monastic movements, to remind people of the original “by my Spirit” vision. The first was the Cistercian movement (led eventually by Bernard of Clairvaux), which sought to revive the original Rule of St. Benedict, which was based on John Cassian and the Desert Fathers. The second was the Franciscan movement, which grew out of Francis’s early involvement with the Celtic monastery at Bobbio, Italy, a sort of time capsule of the ancient Celtic Church, planted there by Columbanus in 614 A.D.
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