Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

11. The Rara Avis of Discernment

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

Ignatius proposes the scholastics that they "supplement" a lacking capacity to discern the prudent mean with obedience to their superior's judgment. He suggests, in other words, that they rely on someone who will be able to dictate the most beneficial manner in which their fervor might be expressed. In addition to Ignatius' refusal to repress the ascetic drive, the passage also illustrates his concern with the scholastics' transformation into "instruments of divine grace". It is with a view to this instrumentalization that Ignatius holds up obedience as an ideal, making it clear that it is not simply a question of imposing limits upon the drive's expression, but of having that expression and the limits that condition it imposed by someone else. The implications of this position would be hard to overstate. Discernment was elusive, a rara avis not easily held.

Keywords: ascetic drive; Discernment; Ignatius; instrumentalization; rara avis



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Instruments of the Divinity — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation