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8. Instruction

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The Society's commitment to education, starting with Ignatius' own conviction that learning makes one more effective in helping others secure their own salvation, has been amply chronicled. The decision to speak of God ad modum laborantis in turn suggests these gifts to be implicated in God's salvific work. They are thus "providential" in nature. Instruction, is the task that would come to define the Jesuit instrument. Ignatius believed that learning makes one more effective in helping others, as is evident not only in his decision to pursue university studies after his return from Jerusalem, but also in his desire, expressed in the Constitutions, that Jesuits be committed to learning. The Society's role in the diffusion of the humanist curriculum and the curriculum's impact on the Society's various engagements has been the subject of numerous studies.

Keywords: ad modum laborantis; Constitutions; Ignatius; instruction; Jerusalem; Jesuit instrument; Society's role

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