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This introductory chapter provides an overview of the key concepts discussed in this book Instruments of the Divinity. the book contains study of the genesis of the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola with a simple but crucial observation written by Pedro de Leturia. Leturia writes that, although very existence of the Exercises is proof that, like other religious institutes, the Society of Jesus is possessed of a distinct approach to the spiritual life, Ignatius' book also sets the Society apart from such groups, since most of the forms of devotion that we consider typical of particular religious communities tend to crystallize once those communities have already been constituted. Leturia views the fact that the Exercises came into being before Society as more than a simple deviation from a general norm. This book approaches the Exercises as a work that would play a key role in Society's foundation and as foundation on which the Society would come to rest.

Keywords: Loyola; Pedro de Leturia; Saint Ignatius; Society of Jesus; Spiritual Exercises

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