The Blessed John of Ruysbroeck (1231–1381)
John Ruysbroeck, Roman Catholic Flemish mystic, was an Augustinian canon. In middle age he retired to a hermitage at Groenendael (near Brussels), where he was prior of a small community. His sanctity and good counsel attracted visitors from afar, and Johannes Tauler and Gerard Groote were among his followers. His influence on Groote was so great that John is regarded as a forerunner of the Brothers of the Common Life. His mystical treatises are classics of Middle Dutch literature and of Christian mysticism.
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