Discerning spirituality.

Author:Padberg, John W.
Position:Correspondence - Letter to the editor

I hope that the "gifted young [Jesuit] joining the society" who told Fr. Neuhaus that "we will inherit the ruins and rebuild what Ignatius intended" (While We're At It, August/September) has done the reading, research, and discernment necessary to know and understand what Ignatius did intend. That would surely demand great familiarity not only with the Spiritual Exercises and the Jesuit Constitutions but also with Ignatius' Spiritual Diary, his Autobiography, and many of his letters. It would include, too, a serious acquaintance with what scholars have discovered about what he and his fellow founders of the Society of Jesus thought and did as they inserted the Society into the religious and...

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