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The Spiritual Exercises The Spiritual Exercises by Ignatius of Loyola
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“[L]ove ought to manifest itself in deeds rather than in words.... love consists in a mutual sharing of goods, for example, the lover gives and shares with the beloved what he possesses, or something of that which he has or is able to give; and vice versa, the beloved shares with the lover. Hence, if one has knowledge, he shares it with the one who does not possess it; and so also if one has honors, or riches. Thus, one always gives to the other.”
St. Ignatius of Loyola, The Spiritual Exercises
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“For it is not knowing much, but realising and relishing things interiorly, that contents and satisfies the soul.”
Ignatius of Loyola, The Spiritual Exercises
“For though, outside the Exercises, we can lawfully and with merit influence every one who is probably fit to choose continence, virginity, the religious life and all manner of evangelical perfection, still in the Spiritual Exercises, when seeking the Divine Will, it is more fitting and much better, that the Creator and Lord Himself should communicate Himself to His devout soul, inflaming it with His love and praise, and disposing it for the way in which it will be better able to serve Him in future. So, he who is giving the Exercises should not turn or incline to one side or the other, but standing in the centre like a balance, leave the Creator to act immediately with the creature, and the creature with its Creator and Lord.”
Ignatius of Loyola, The Spiritual Exercises
“Next it dawned on him that the former ideas were of the world, the latter God-sent; finally, worldly thoughts began to lose their hold, while heavenly ones grew clearer and dearer.”
Ignatius of Loyola, The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola
“if it happens that the soul is attached or inclined to a thing inordinately, that one should move himself, putting forth all his strength, to come to the contrary of what he is wrongly drawn to.”
Ignatius of Loyola, The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola