Contemplatives in Action: The Jesuit Way by William A Barry Sj, Robert J Doherty

By William A Barry Sj, Robert J Doherty

During this enlightening publication, William Barry and Robert Doherty clarify simply what makes Jesuits tick. via an exploration of Jesuit spirituality what makes it diverse from different spiritualities, even Ignatian spirituality they assist readers comprehend
this spiritual order that has performed an important function within the lifetime of contributors, of groups and of cultures.

They reveal that on the center of Jesuit spirituality lies a collection of lifegiving and artistic tensions among, for instance, companionship and project, obedience and studying from event, and middle and outer edge within the Church.

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In a letter to Diego Mir6n, the provincial of Portugal, who had been asked along with another Jesuit to become confessors to the royal court, Ignatius indicated how he would resolve the tension between care for one's own spiritual life and for that of others. Mir6n had expressed concern about the safety of his own soul if he should spend much time at court. Ignatius replied: My own opinion is that even the argument based on your personal safety is not relevant. Obviously if our religious profession had no other purpose but to ensure our security, and if we were supposed to subordinate the good we do to keeping clear of danger, then we would not have to live among people and have contact with them.

Paul wrote to the Philippians: For to me , living is Christ and dying is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which I prefer. I am hard pressed between the two: my desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better; but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you. Since I am convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your progress and joy 28 lg dE fc iC h tl 0 a F v I J in faith, so that I may share abundantly in your boasting in Christ Jesus when I come to you again.

25). In these same reminiscences he recalls a number of his mystical experiences. After describing the last of these , the experience at the Cardoner River, he says that he learned more on this occasion than he learned in all his subsequent life and in all his studies . Later, as general superior, he would "explain" his rea­ sons for many decisions about the organization of the Society by referring to his experience at the Cardoner. Learning from experi­ ence was crucially important to Ignatius.

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