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To Overcome OneselfThe Jesuit Ethic and Spirit of Global Expansion, 1520-1767$
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J. Michelle Molina

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520275652

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520275652.001.0001

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The Jesuit Spiritual Exercises

The Jesuit Spiritual Exercises

Conquest of the Self, Conquest of the World

(p.24) 1 The Jesuit Spiritual Exercises
To Overcome Oneself

J. Michelle Molina

University of California Press

The chapter takes the reader through the Exercises, demonstrating their monastic roots, but also their break from monastic tradition. The material discussed highlights the adaptability of the program, emphasizing what the exercitant was intended to experience. This Jesuit ethic utilized the body to produce a disembodied sense of “self.” The converted self would be capable of reining in the passions to allow rational decision making to come to the fore. “Imitation of Christ” propelled the early modern Christian to delve inward, while simultaneously seeking a form of consolation garnered by understanding herself as active in the physical and geographical world.

Keywords:   Franciscans, mendicants, recogimiento, contemplation in action, composition of place, imitation of Christ, resurrection, food, Satan, Meditation on the Two Standards

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