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Passionate UncertaintyInside the American Jesuits$
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Peter McDonough and Eugene Bianchi

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520230552

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520230552.001.0001

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Ignatian Spiritualities

Ignatian Spiritualities

(p.110) Chapter Five Ignatian Spiritualities
Passionate Uncertainty

Peter McDonough

Eugene C. Bianchi

University of California Press

The air of psychological penetration and fugitive stillness is often astonishing. In place of a reclusive style of spirituality, the kinetic Jesuits took up the humanist ideal of engagement in the world. Celebrated for their educational accomplishments, missionary exploits, and organizational inventiveness, the Jesuits became a model for many of the activist congregations founded after them. The dual feature of Jesuit spirituality—the combination of cura personalis and adaptability—suited the emerging individualistic culture of Renaissance Europe. Beneath the shifts—from visions of a tyrannical deity to the embrace of a compassionate savior, from cerebral appreciation of doctrine to more affective spiritualities, from acceptance of a prescribed tradition to the reconnoitering of alternative religious lineages—is an expanding respect for personal journeys, latent in Ignatian spirituality, which stretches and crashes up against the boundaries of Catholicism.

Keywords:   Ignatian spirituality, Catholicism, cura personalis, adaptability, Renaissance Europe

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