Impelling spirit : revisiting a founding experience, 1539, Ignatius of Loyola and his companions : an exploration into the spirit of the Society of Jesus as revealed in the founders' proposed Papal letter approving the Society /
Joseph F. Conwell, S.J.
Chicago, Ill. : Loyola Press, c1997.
xxxii, 585 p.
0829408649 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Joseph F. Conwell, S.J. is Scholar in Residence at Saint Michael's Institute, Jesuit School of Philosophy and Letters, Gonzaga University
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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 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.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. xv
Prefacep. xix
Chronology of Principal Eventsp. xxix
The Text of Cum Ex Pluriump. 1
Introductionp. 11
The Deliberation of the First Fathersp. 12
The Other Documents of 1539p. 16
Authorship of Cum ex pluriump. 21
Structure and Content of Cum ex pluriump. 26
Salutationp. 31
Pope Paul III and His Beloved Sonsp. 33
Paul IIIp. 35
Paul's Beloved Sonsp. 38
Masters of Parisp. 42
p. 47
The Priesthood of Ignatius and Companions
Introductionp. 49
Their Choice to Be Poorp. 51
Pauperes Christi [Poor of Christ]p. 56
Poor Priests of Christp. 58
Their Choice to Be Priestsp. 65
Ignatius, the Cleric, in the Context of Historyp. 65
Ignatius's Option for Priesthoodp. 69
The Option of His Companionsp. 71
Why sacerdotes Rather than presbyteros?p. 73
Peculiar Circumstances of the Ordinationp. 75
The Spirit of Their Priesthoodp. 79
Their Choice to Join into One Bodyp. 81
The Impelling Action of the Holy Spiritp. 89
Free to Servep. 97
The Dedication of Ignatiusp. 103
The Dedication of All the Companionsp. 106
Concluding Reflectionp. 127
The Vineyard of the Lord
Introductionp. 129
Workers in the Vineyardp. 133
Planting and Tending the Vineyardp. 139
Publicly Preaching the Wordp. 139
Exhorting in Privatep. 150
Hearing Confessionsp. 155
Directing the Spiritual Exercisesp. 158
Tending the Weakest Vinesp. 163
Caring for the Sickp. 163
Missionary Journeysp. 165
Teaching Christian Doctrine to Little Onesp. 176
Works of Charityp. 180
Stewardship of the Vineyardp. 183
Without Any Sign of Heresyp. 184
Without Any Sign of Avaricep. 199
Without Any Sign of Immoral Conductp. 200
With Great Praisep. 202
Concluding Reflectionp. 205
The Joy and Desire of Paul III
Introductionp. 209
The Ancient Christian Way of Livingp. 211
Conversatio in Christian Traditionp. 213
The Use of conversatio by the Companionsp. 216
Ecclesia semper reformanda [A Church Always in Need of Renewal]p. 219
The Need for Examplesp. 219
The Need for Renewalp. 223
New Examples of the Ancient Christian Way of Livingp. 227
Concluding Reflectionp. 231
p. 233
Companions of Jesus
Introductionp. 235
Prophetic Commitmentp. 239
Pietasp. 240
Religiop. 242
Vite institutum: A Way that Leads to Godp. 247
Vite institutump. 248
The First Followersp. 251
Companionship in Christp. 255
The Companions' Use of the Term societasp. 258
Union in Christ: Society of Jesusp. 270
Means to Preserve Unionp. 276
Concluding Reflectionp. 285
The Companions' Requests
Introductionp. 287
The Meaning of vivendi formulap. 291
The Evangelical Counselsp. 299
The Evangelical Counsels up to 1539p. 300
The Companions and the Evangelical Counselsp. 310
The Normative Teachings of the Fathersp. 319
The Meaning of canonicis patrum sanctionibusp. 319
Canon 13 of Lateran IV (1215)p. 322
The Unique Character of the Companions' vivendi formulap. 327
Blessing and Approving the vivendi formulap. 328
Concluding Reflectionp. 331
p. 333
The Companions' propositum
Introductionp. 335
The Meaning of propositum in Christian Traditionp. 339
The Transformation of Ancient Terminologyp. 343
The Gradual Extension of propositum to Wider Areasp. 347
The propositum of Ignatiusp. 353
Propositum in the Earliest Writings of Ignatiusp. 353
Propositum in the Autobiography of Ignatiusp. 355
Ignatius's propositum and Christian Traditionp. 365
Companions with the Same propositump. 367
Genesis of a Religious Institutep. 367
From proposito to el mismo propositop. 374
From propositum to institutump. 376
The Summary of the Rule: The Formula of the Institutep. 381
Decree One: Chastity and Missionp. 384
Decree Two: Obedience to the Popep. 387
Decree Three: Obedience within the Societyp. 389
Decree Four: Povertyp. 390
Decree Five: religious Observancesp. 392
Concluding Reflectionp. 395
Papal Approval and Commissioning
Introductionp. 397
Papal Approval and Commissioningp. 401
Approval of the Companions' Way of Livingp. 401
The Papal Mandatep. 405
Epilogue: Impelling Spiritp. 411
Abbreviationsp. 423
Endnotesp. 427
Bibliographyp. 533
Indexp. 561
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