[German Version] In German, especially in Protestantism, this term (from Lat.
devotio) is still used today only in connection with the Roman ritual of
devotio and the late medieval
devotio moderna movement. In pre-Christian usage,
devotio referred to the dedication of the will to the gods, humans, and laws. In Christian usage, its meaning was restricted to the dedication to God associated with obedience and humility. Thomas Aquinas treated devotion along with prayer as
interior actus religionis, from which external actions proceed (
Summa Theologiae 2–2 q. 82). In modern usage, maintained in the French
devozione, English devotion, etc., devotion refers to sp…