God’s deepening life in me : the evangelical experience of interior freedom in the spiritual exercises of Saint Ignatius Loyola
Scott Christopher Newman D.Min.
Ignatius was a perennial outsider, even in his own day. The exercises were formulated prior to his formal theological education in Paris and prior to his being ordained to the priesthood. The exercises do not require someone learned in the Bible or Theology, they simply require someone to come with their Bible and a hunger for more. Indeed, so simple and egalitarian was Ignatius’ vision that he was hauled before the inquisition on multiple occasions on the accusation of being an alumbrado which was a term often used synonymously in Spain for Lutherans. While Ignatius was not a reformer in the same sense that Luther, Calvin and others were reformers, he was a reformer within the Catholic Church. He was a reformer to the extent that it was only through forming some powerful friendships in the church hierarchy and through the famous pledge of absolute obedience to the Pope in the constitutions of the Society of Jesus that the Jesuits were able to survive beyond Ignatius’ lifetime. It took nearly 500 years but the spirituality of Ignatius has brought significant reform to the Catholic Church both through The Second Vatican Council and now through Pope Francis, the first Jesuit Pope.
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Doctor of Ministry
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