Personal Writings

Personal Writings

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by Ignatius of Loyola
     
 

The writings of a major Christian thinker

One of the key figures in Christian history, St. Ignatius of Loyola (c. 1491-1556) was a passionate and unique spiritual thinker and visionary. The works gathered here provide a first-hand, personal introduction to this remarkable character: a man who turned away from the Spanish nobility to create the

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The writings of a major Christian thinker

One of the key figures in Christian history, St. Ignatius of Loyola (c. 1491-1556) was a passionate and unique spiritual thinker and visionary. The works gathered here provide a first-hand, personal introduction to this remarkable character: a man who turned away from the Spanish nobility to create the revolutionary Jesuit Order, inspired by the desire to help people follow Christ. His Reminiscences describe his early life, his religious conversion following near-paralysis in battle, and his spiritual and physical ordeals as he struggled to assist those in need, including plague, persecution and imprisonment. The Spiritual Exercises offer guidelines to those seeking the will of God, and the Spiritual Diary shows Ignatius in daily mystical contact with God during a personal struggle. The Letters collected here provide an insight into Ignatius' ceaseless campaign to assist those seeking enlightenment and to direct the young Society of Jesus.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140433852
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Series:
Penguin Classics Series
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
390,478
Product dimensions:
5.09(w) x 7.78(h) x 1.02(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface
Chronology
Glossary
Bibliography

Reminiscences (Autobiography)
Introduction
1. Loyola
2. To Manresa via Montserrat
3. The Pilgrimage to Jerusalem
4. Studies and Conflicts in Spain
5. Paris
6. Interlude at Home
7. Italy
Epilogue by Gonçalves da Câmara

The Spiritual Diary
Introduction
Pros and Cons in an election on poverty
The Spiritual Diary:
Part I
Part II

Select Letters
Introduction
1 [1]* Advice to a good woman (Inés Pascual 1524)
2 [3] Dealings with brother and nephew (1532)
3 [4] Comfort among calamities (Isabel Roser 1532)
4 [7] Steps in discernment (Teresa Rejadell 1536)
5 [8] Prayer made easy (Teresa Rejadell 1536)
6 [10] In praise of The Spiritual Exercises (Fr Miona 1536)
7 [11] Blueprint for a religious order (Mgr Carafa 1536)
8 [XII, app.] Early years in Italy (1536-37)
9 [17] Thanks for support (Mgr Contarini 1538)
10 [18] Roman trials and tribulations (1538)
11 [52] Benighted obedience (Fr Viola 1542)
12 [79] Vocation doubts ofa young man (1544)
13 [101] Borgia's early steps (1545)
14 [123] Conduct at Trent (1546)
15 [149] Refusing episcopal dignities (1546)
16 [169] Ideals for newcomers (Coimbra 1547)
17 [182] Need for structures of government (Gandia 1547)
18 [186] Experience of poverty (Padua 1547)
19 [234] En route to the Constitutions (Louvain 1547)
20 [243] Defining obedience as an ideal (Coimbra 1548)
21 [466] Developments in the spiritual life (Borgia 1548)
22 [790] Dealing with a radical crisis (Borgia 1549)
23 [XII, app.] On prophecies and revelations (Gandia 1549)
24 [XII, app.] Spreading God's word in a German university (1549)
25 [958] Placating a parent over a son's vocation (1549)
26 [1554] Letter of resignation (1551)
27 [1587] Consoling a sister on her brother's death (1551)
28 [2652] Refusing a Cardinal's hat (Borgia 1552)
29 [3107] Students experiencing poverty (1552)
30 [3220] Agreeing to be royal confessors (1553)
31 [3304] The final word on obedience (1553)
32 [3305] The last call to Francis Xavier (Japan 1553)
33 [4184] Criteria in the choice of parish work (1554)
34 [5256] Financial worries (1555)
35 [5400] Norms for dealing with Superiors (1555)
36 [5471] The Society and the Inquisition (1555)
37 [XII, app.] Catechizing the sign of the cross
38 [6087] Consoling the mother of a student (1556)
39 [6454] Norms for food in Louvain (1556)
40 [6677] Reacting to obstacles in Zaragoza (1556)

The Spiritual Exercises
Introduction
Annotations
First Week:
Principle and Foundation
Particular Daily Examen
General Examen
First-Fourth Exercise: on sins
Fifth Exercise: on hell
Additions
Second Week:
The call of the king
First Day:
First Contemplation: on the Incarnation
Second Contemplation: on the Nativity
Fifth Contemplation: use of the senses
Notes
Fourth Day:
Meditation on Two Standards
Meditation on three classes of persons
Three kinds of humility
Elections
Preambles
Three Times, and Two Ways in the Third Time
For amendment and reform of one's personal life

Third Week:
Rules as regards eating
Fourth Week:
Notes

Additional Material:
Contemplation for attaining loveThree Ways of praying
The Mysteries of the life of Christ Our Lord
Rules to understand movements in the soul: First Week; Second Week
Rules for alms-giving
Notes for the understanding of scruples
Rules for a true attitude of mind within the Church
Appendix: Text of Prayers mentioned in The Spiritual Exercises

Notes
Index
*Numbers in square brackets are those of the letters in the MHSI edition.

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