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Title: The Abbé and the Baron
Subtitle: Henri Huvelin's Spiritual Nurture of Friedrich von Hügel
Author(s): WRIGLEY-CARR, Robyn
Journal: Studies in Spirituality
Volume: 23 Date: 2013
Spiritual direction’ is an area currently receiving much attention in both sacred and secular circles. Publications abound concerning techniques, theoretical approaches and essential personal qualities for directors. However, few in-depth studies of exemplary spiritual direction have been written. This paper provides a case study of Abbé Henri Huvelin’s spiritual direction of Baron Friedrich von Hügel, from 1884 until 1910. Huvelin has been described as ‘one of the greatest spiritual directors of the nineteenth century’ and he was sought out by many intellectuals of his day. In this paper, the Abbé’s influence on von Hügel is explored through examining Huvelin’s letters, sermons and ‘Sayings’. Here we explore who Huvelin was and how he influenced von Hügel, before raising some critical questions concerning Huvelin’s role as a spiritual director and his spiritual nurture.