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Ascetic Pneumatology from John Cassian to Gregory the Great$
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Thomas L. Humphries, Jr.

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199685035

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685035.001.0001

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Ascetic Pneumatology for the Laity

Ascetic Pneumatology for the Laity

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(p.55) 3 Ascetic Pneumatology for the Laity
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Ascetic Pneumatology from John Cassian to Gregory the Great
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Thomas L. Humphries

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685035.003.0003

This short chapter argues that Leo the Great is engaged in the same kind of ascetic pneumatology as is Cassian. Even though Leo (as a bishop of Rome) is concerned with the ascetic formation of the laity, he understands the Holy Spirit in much the same way as Cassian, who wrote to form professed monks as their abbot. St Leo is specifically concerned with liturgy and sacraments, as well as fasting and almsgiving. These provide special venues for the Holy Spirit to reform Christian lives.

Keywords:   St Leo the Great, bishops, laity, sacraments, Holy Spirit, Eucharist, almsgiving, ascetic pneumatology

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