God by a sudden conversion subdued and brought my mind to a teachable frame\u2026. Having thus received some taste and knowledge of true godliness I was immediately inflamed with so intense a desire to make progress therein, that although I did not altogether leave off [legal] studies, I yet pursued them with less ardor.
His Protestant friends included Nicholas Cop, Rector at the University of Paris. In 1533
Cop gave an address "replete with Protestant ideas," and "Calvin was probably involved
as the writer of that address." Cop soon found it necessary to flee Paris, as did Calvin
himself a few days after. InAngoul eme he sheltered with a friend, Louis du Tillet. Calvin
settled for a time inBasel, where in 1536 he published the first edition of hisInstitu tes.
to continue his journey, he settled inGeneva. After being expelled from the city, he
served as a pastor inStrasbourg from 1538 until 1541, before returning to Geneva, where
he lived until his death in 1564.
son and daughter from her previous marriage to anAnabap tist in Strasbourg. Calvin and
Idelette had a son who died after only two weeks. Idelette Calvin died in1549. Calvin
wrote that she was a helper in ministry, never stood in his way, never troubled him about
her children, and had a greatness of spirit.
consisted mainly of a walk after meals. Towards the end, Calvin said to those friends who were worried about his daily regimen of work amidst all his ailments, "What! Would you have the Lord find me idle when He comes?"
John Calvin died in Geneva on May 27,1564. He was buried in the Cimeti\u00e8re des Rois
under a tombstone marked simply with the initials "J.C.", partially honoring his request
that he be buried in an unknown place, without witnesses or ceremony. He is
commemorated in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's liturgical calendar of
July 10, 1509
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