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Becoming a New SelfPractices of Belief in Early Modern Catholicism$
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Moshe Sluhovsky

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226472850

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226473048.001.0001

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Spiritual Exercises

Spiritual Exercises

(p.67) Chapter Three Spiritual Exercises
Becoming a New Self

Moshe Sluhovsky

University of Chicago Press

Spiritual exercises of meditation and visualization of episodes from the Christian narrative of the life, death and resurrection of Christ were not a novelty of the early modern period. But in this period, a few sets of exercises gained popularity and became available in the vernacular. None was more popular and influential than Ignatius of Loyola's Spiritual Exercises. But the growing democratization of spiritual exercises ignited fear among conservative theologians, and the chapter details the conflicts surrounding the spiritual exercises during the 16th and 17th centuries.

Keywords:   Society of Jesus, Ignatius of Loyola, meditations, visualization, introspection

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