Impelling Spirit: Revisiting a Founding Experience, 1539, Ignatius of Loyola and His Companions: An exploration into the Sprit and Aims of the Society of Jesus as Revealed in the Founders' Proposed Papal Letter Approving the Society

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Impelling Spirit is a book about Jesuit spirituality as seen in its origins. As such it responds to the challenge of Vatican II that the appropriate renewal of religious life demands a return to the sources of Christian life and the spirit and aims of the founders of an institute. The instrument the author employs is a 1539 document Ignatius and his companions drafted for Pope Paul III as an apostolic letter addressed to themselves; this document - long neglected and largely unknown - clearly reveals how they ...
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Overview

Impelling Spirit is a book about Jesuit spirituality as seen in its origins. As such it responds to the challenge of Vatican II that the appropriate renewal of religious life demands a return to the sources of Christian life and the spirit and aims of the founders of an institute. The instrument the author employs is a 1539 document Ignatius and his companions drafted for Pope Paul III as an apostolic letter addressed to themselves; this document - long neglected and largely unknown - clearly reveals how they understood themselves and their way of life. It demonstrates that the spirit and aims of the Society, though radical in 1539, were also deeply rooted in the Christian tradition.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780829408645
  • Publisher: Loyola Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Pages: 624
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Chronology of Principal Events
Introduction 11
Ch. 1 Pope Paul III and His Beloved Sons 33
Ch. 2 Their Choice to Be Poor 51
Ch. 3 Their Choice to Be Priests 65
Ch. 4 Their Choice to Join into One Body 81
Ch. 5 The Impelling Action of the Holy Spirit 89
Ch. 6 Free to Serve 97
Ch. 7 Workers in the Vineyard 133
Ch. 8 Planting and Tending the Vineyard 139
Ch. 9 Tending the Weakest Vines 163
Ch. 10 Stewardship of the Vineyard 183
Ch. 11 The Ancient Christian Way of Living 211
Ch. 12 Ecclesia semper reformanda [A Church Always in Need of Renewal] 219
Ch. 13 Prophetic Commitment 239
Ch. 14 Vite institutum: A Way that Leads to God 247
Ch. 15 Companionship in Christ 255
Ch. 16 The Meaning of vivendi formula 291
Ch. 17 The Evangelical Counsels 299
Ch. 18 The Normative Teachings of the Fathers 319
Ch. 19 The Meaning of propositum in Christian Tradition 339
Ch. 20 The propositum of Ignatius 353
Ch. 21 Companions with the Same propositum 367
Ch. 22 The Summary of the Rule: The Formula of the Institute 381
Ch. 23 Papal Approval and Commissioning 401
Abbreviations 423
Endnotes 427
Bibliography 533
Index 561
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2000

    A Bench Mark for Jesuit Spirituality of the 1500s.

    Father Joseph Conwell's book is concerned with an early founding Jesuit document known as 'Cum Ex Plurium' which was prepared for Pope Paul III in 1539. The document is the precursor to the 'Formula of the Institute,' which is the official governing document of the Society of Jesus. The book concerns itself with this early rough draft in a meticulously crafted style by following the meaning of each word or set of terms in their historical context. From the first word to the last, Father Conwell has clearly laid out the evolution of the ideas surrounding the creation of the Society of Jesus. He has also drawn inspiration from this document and tries to make the founder's intentions come alive for the reader. Father Conwell peppers this work with sage advice about the discernment of spirits, which is so central to Ignatian spirituality. He also offers little tid-bits of advice for religious and anyone interested in following a spiritual path. These nuggets of insight are well worth the read. The Epilogue is one of the finest writings of hope as well as a challenge for the future of the Jesuits. 'Impelling Spirit' is a must read for anyone interested in the evolution of the spirituality and governance of the Jesuits. It will stand as a classic bench mark for future generations of scholars. It looks like a daunting task to read this book, but it is well worth the effort. I highly recommmend this book to anyone who wishes to find the Spirit that impels him or her. 'Agite, igitur: Get moving! Follow the Spirit wherever the Spirit leads you' (421).

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