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Avery Cardinal Dulles

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780823228621

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823228621.001.0001

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The Ignatian Charism at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century

The Ignatian Charism at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century

November 29, 2006

(p.497) 36 The Ignatian Charism at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century
Church and Society

Avery Cardinal Dulles

Fordham University Press

This chapter, intended to complete a series of four on the Jesuit founders whose jubilees were celebrated in 2006, discusses the role of the Ignatian charism today. It first explains the notion of the Ignatian charism. A charism is a gift of grace, conferred not for one's personal sanctification, but for the benefit of others. Then it speaks of the gifts that Saint Ignatius possessed in an eminent way and that he handed down with God's help in the Society he founded. The discussion looks into the Ignatian vision, the principles for the Society of Jesus, directives of the recent popes, and contemporary challenges faced by Jesuits. It argues that the greatest need of the Society of Jesus is to be able to project a clearer vision of its purpose. In this respect the recent popes have rendered great assistance.

Keywords:   charism, Saint Ignatius, Society of Jesus, Jesuits, Ignatian vision

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