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The writings of Nicolas Barré.

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The writings of Nicolas Barr� " To establish the reign of Jesus Christ in every heart" and "to follow Him in all His ways", are the ultimate objectives of Nicolas Barr�. He writes above all with the purpose of helping his readers to live in profound union with God, and to share this with others. In the Order of Minims, attracted by their care for the evangelisation of the disadvantaged, he had hoped to be quickly sent to the poor, to educate them the truths of the faith and to conceal to them the love with which God loves them. It was only after a long testing period that he was sent on a mission to the little village of Sotteville-Ies-Rouen in 1662. He would only put his thoughts in writing between 1669 and 1685. Some works were published a few years after his death, then again in 1876. A complete edition was only published in 1994, under the general title: "NICOLAS BARR�, OEUVRES COMPL�TES" by Editions du Cerf in Paris. His writings are classified in two parts, according to the two poles of his life: the founder and the spiritual master. ...read more.

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The unselfishness and availability of the sisters is stressed and given as the reason for the flourishing of this new group. THE SPIRITUAL MASTER Nicolas Barr� did not just address himself to the Charitable Teachers. His practice of spiritual companionship, his desire to help others walk in the ways of God, made him an incomparable spiritual counsellor. He wrote in response to concrete circumstances, demands and expectations, and remained attentive to the practicalities of life, people and events. It is assuredly in his "Spiritual Letters" that Nicolas Barr� give us his approach to the principal themes which marked the spirituality of his time: Incarnation, humility, adoration, the greatness of God, the nothingness of the creature without God. Origins of the Infant Jesus Sisters In Rouen, Nicolas Barr� was touched by the poverty and ignorance of the children and young people he saw in the slums. In 1662, during a parish mission, given in Sotteville-Ies-Rouen, he gathered together a few young women helpers. Having given them some formation he asked them to take charge of the instruction of the little girls while the mission was going on. ...read more.

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Three options presented themselves to the sisters: exile in England and Belgium, secularisation where they were, or return to their families. Again they waited until the storm blew over and again they picked up the threads: In 1923, they returned to Rouen and in 1928 arrived back to Mesnil-Esnard. The church no longer linked the making of religious vows with the obligation of being cloistered. The sisters professed vows from 1921 onwards. One factor remained a constant throughout the history of the congregation: the Teachers always lived in little communities. TODAY Today, in 1998, the deepest desire of the Infant Jesus Sisters - Providence of Rouen, is still to educate. Any profession or activity which contributes to the instruction and growth of persons, according to the Gospel spirit of Nicolas Barr�, can be carried on by the Sisters of the Institute. They are sent, as a priority, where there are young people in need. In the parishes and parochial groups, the sisters work with priests and laity and take part in pastoral work, in movements, in catechetical teams, in liturgy, in initial and ongoing formation. In the towns, in the countryside, in isolated regions, they collaborate with associations that already exist to struggle against illiteracy, to help parents and children abandoned to their own devices. They try to create or revive hostels and shelters. ...read more.

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