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2. From the Image to the Spiritual Passions

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The author analyses the sequence traced by the first three exercises of the first week. The text refers to as the first exercise, the Meditation with the Three Powers on the First, Second, and Third Sins proposes, as its name indicates, a reflection on damnation. Fessard refers each sin, respectively, to the transcendental, predicamental, and determinate dimensions of human freedom. The meditation that follows, known simply as the Meditation on Sins, builds upon this process. The Meditation on Three Sins and the Meditation on Sins are meant to be performed, respectively, at midnight and in the morning, before being repeated after a mass and then subjected, at the time of the vespers, to a recapitulation. The section of the text devoted to this exercise begins by asking the exercitant to imagine the "length", "breadth", and "depth" of hell.

Keywords: Fessard; human freedom; meditation; predicamental; Sins; transcendental



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