I finished reading the Spiritual Exercises, and I really do want to take the time to take a four week retreat based on them, some day when I can get four weeks of contiguous time-off (retirement?). There were a few appendices too, but they were not all that inspiring, so I didn’t have anything inspiring to blog about. The next readings were the Constitutions of the Society of Jesus. They were fine, though I didn’t read them all. I can appreciate the level of detail and consideration that went into them, but nothing really interesting to blog about.
Then I came to the Letters of St Ignatius, and they are really good. There is a lot of good stuff to blog about in these letters. St Ignatius wrote a lot of letters to friends, associates, leaders and popes – about 6,800 letters in all (all of them handwritten for sure, which reminds me of Fran's recent post). St Teresa of Avila had about 500 letters, 2,040 for Erasmus, 3,426 for Luther, and 4,271 for Calvin. In this book, they select 10 letters that they say represent the application of Ignatius’ spiritual principles.
And so, for the love of our Lord let us make every effort in him, since we owe him so much. For we tire of receiving his gifts much sooner than he tires of giving.
-- Excerpt of a letter from Ignatius to Ines Pascual, December 6 1524