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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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Houses, Books, and Other Remains

(p.131) 5 Facts
To Overcome Oneself

J. Michelle Molina

University of California Press

This chapter discusses some of the “tools” that facilitated the spread of the Spiritual Exercises, laying out the trends that began in Europe and continued, with slight variations, in New Spain. We look at the development of the retreat house, dedicated to making the Spiritual Exercises available to both religious and laity. We also open some of the devotional literature that aimed to expand the reach of the Exercises by translating them into a method that could be practiced alone and in the home. Finally, we move to appreciate the inquisitorial take on the fine line between proper Ignatian spirituality and “Lutheran” heresy. In so doing, we gain a greater appreciation not only of the facts and artifacts pertaining to the Exercises but also of the sometimes tragic “remains” in a case that was intended as a cautionary tale.

Keywords:   Spiritual Exercises, retreat house, devotional guide, inquisition, Davi, New Spain

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