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“You only torment and upset yourself”: Replies to a Restless Writer at the Turn of the Eighteenth Century, By Elisa Frei

“You only torment and upset yourself”: Replies to a Restless Writer at the Turn of the Eighteenth Century[1]   Elisa Frei Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies   Originally published: April 20, 2021 DOI: 10.51238/ISJS.2019.18     Introduction Ignatius of Loyola (c.1491–1556) founded the Society of Jesus in 1540 as an apostolic order, but from the […]

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Cover Letter to the Revised Ratio studiorum, Jan Roothaan (1832)

The 20th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus, held in 1820, the first following the Jesuits’ restoration, offered an opportunity for the religious order to respond to the system of state-sponsored, or at least state-sanctioned, schools that had emerged since its suppression in 1773. The restored Jesuits faced the challenge of adjusting to the

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“A Beacon of Hope in a World of Despair,” Pedro Arrupe (1977)

An assembly of alumni of Jesuit schools, attracting from 400 delegates in all, met in Padua, Italy, in August 1977. The official congress had the theme: “Is the Church still the Bearer of Men’s Hopes?” Addressing those delegates and that theme, Superior General of the Society of Jesus Pedro Arrupe delivered the following remarks. Perhaps

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“The Intellectual Apostolate in the Society’s Mission,” Pedro Arrupe (1976)

On Christmas Day, 1976, Pedro Arrupe issued the following letter on the relationship of the intellectual apostolate to the mission of the Society of Jesus. That the father general chose to distribute this letter to all Jesuits, and not just to those engaged in intellectual endeavors, reflects the importance Arrupe found in these works. Often

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Dominus ac Redemptor (1773)

Pope Clement XIV suppressed the Society of Jesus on July 21, 1773. In the preceding decades, the Jesuits had suffered expulsions from the Catholic empires of Portugal (1759), France (1764), and Spain (1767), where they had become handy scapegoats for kings or princes under civic pressure. In Portugal, for example, charges against the Society included

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Decree 16: “The Intellectual Dimension of Jesuit Ministries,” General Congregation 34 (1995)

The delegates at the 34th General Congregation recognized the “distinctive importance” of the tradition within the Society of Jesus for “intellectual labor.” They note in the following decree that this contemporary work was of great importance since “present needs and challenges” require not only a Jesuit’s “ongoing acquisition of knowledge” but “the ongoing development of

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