History textbooks, once they get over describing the Jesuits as the shock troops of the Counter Reformation, often mention that Ignatius of Loyola wrote a book called «Spiritual Exercises,» and that the order ran a lot of schools. Those two aspects of the Jesuit enterprises will be the subject of Professor John W. O’Malley’s lecture.
The book of the «Exercises» is crucial for understanding the Jesuits, but its historical significance was generally not understood even by them. What is it, then, that sets it apart from similar books of its era and constitutes it as a classic? Beyond the «Exercises,» Ignatius, through his governance of the order, broke new ground in how holiness could be pursued.
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