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4. Ad modum laborantis

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In most studies of the Exercises, it is first two weeks and the Election that are analyzed in depth. This stands in sharp contrast to the often hasty and superficial treatment of the program's third and fourth weeks. The third and fourth weeks are devoted to Christ's Passion and Resurrection; they are the most faithful to Gospel narrative as it was then channeled and made available to popular devotion by works like Ludolph's Vita. The whole point of Exercises is to allow the exercitant to gradually emerge out of this condition so as to be assimilated into its opposite, condition of operativity epitomized in vision of God ad modum laborantis. The Contemplatio ad amorem, where this vision is articulated, aims to facilitate this assimilation. If imperative to transcend image reflects fact that Exercises stand for a suspension of operativity, the imperative itself would stand for the overcoming of this suspension.

Keywords: Ad Modum Laborantis; Christ's Passion; Contemplatio ad amorem; Exercises; God; Gospel; Ludolph's Vita; Resurrection

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