The Ignatian Way: Key Aspects of Jesuit Spirituality

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Although many books have been written on Ignatian spirituality, most focus on highly specific and scholarly details, rendering them too academic and specialized for the average reader. This book remedies this problem by compiling a more general guide to the basic aspects of Ignatian spirituality. Addressing everything from the life of St. Ignatius Loyola to his Spiritual Exercises to methods of dealing with contemporary world issues in a Jesuit spirit, it offers a comprehensive yet conversational approach to ...

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Overview

Although many books have been written on Ignatian spirituality, most focus on highly specific and scholarly details, rendering them too academic and specialized for the average reader. This book remedies this problem by compiling a more general guide to the basic aspects of Ignatian spirituality. Addressing everything from the life of St. Ignatius Loyola to his Spiritual Exercises to methods of dealing with contemporary world issues in a Jesuit spirit, it offers a comprehensive yet conversational approach to Ignatian spirituality. Whether readers are studying or teaching at a Jesuit school, seeking spiritual direction on a retreat, discerning a possible vocation to the Society of Jesus, or simply seeking more exposure to Ignatian spirituality, this book is an invaluable guide.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809146161
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Pages: 170
  • Sales rank: 1,428,095
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 Ignatius's Journey 1

1 The Soldier 2

2 The Pilgrim 4

3 The Student 5

4 The Founder and General 6

2 Ignatius's Later Years (1541-56) 9

1 The Religious Leader 10

2 The Writer 12

3 The Saint and Mystic 16

Conclusion 19

3 The Spiritual Exercises 21

1 Introductory Materia 24

2 The First Week 27

3 The Second Week 31

4 The Third and Fourth Weeks 39

Conclusion 41

4 Ignatian Prayer 42

1 Preparation For Prayer 43

2 Meditation 46

3 Contemplation 48

4 Application of the Senses 51

5 Three Additional Methods 53

6 The General Examen 56

Conclusion 57

5 Ignatian Discernment 59

1 Discernment in Ignatius's Life 60

2 Discernment in the Spiritual Exercises 63

3 Discernment in Daily Life 67

Conclusion 69

6 The Constitutions 71

1 The Process of Composition 71

2 Structure of the Constitutions 74

3 Key Aspects of the Constitutions 75

a The Formula of the Institute

b The General Examen and Its Declarations

c The Constitutions and Their Declarations

d Revision of the Society Law and the Complementary Norms

Conclusion 87

7 Contemporary Issues And Challenges 88

1 Renewal of the Spiritual Exercises 89

a The Directed Retreat

b Nineteenth Annotation Retreat

2 Discernment 94

3 The Apostolic Mission Today 95

4 The Apostolate of Education 99

5 Characteristics for Today 101

a Deep Personal Love for Jesus Christ

b Contemplative in Action

c An Apostolic Body in the Church

d In Solidarity with Those Most in Need

e Partnership with Others

f Called to Learned Ministry

g Men Sent, Always Available for New Missions

h Ever Searching for the Magis

Conclusion 104

8 Portraits of Jesuits 106

1 Two FoundingFathers: Blessed Peter Faber (1506-46) and Saint Francis Xavier (1506-52) 106

2 Two Theologians and Doctors of the Church: Saint Peter Canisius (1521-97) and Saint Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621) 110

3 Three Young Saints: Saint Stanislaus Kostka (1550-68), Saint Aloysius Gonzaga (1568-91), and Saint John Berchmans (1599-1621) 115

4 Two Jesuits United in the Lord: Saint Alphonsus Rodríguez (1533-1617) and Saint Peter Claver (1580-1654) 319

5 Three Martyrs: Saint Edmund Campion (1540-81), Saint Isaac Jogues (1607-46), and Blessed Miguel (Michael) Pro (1891-1927) 123

6 Saint Claude La Columbière (1641-82) and Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus 129

7 Three Contemporary Jesuits: Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955), Walter Ciszek (1904-84), and Pedro Arrupe (1907-91) 134

Notes 141

Selected Bibliography 153

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