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The Writings of Ignatius of Loyola as Seminal Text

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Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus, is the author of an immense body of written work that he did not write, and for which he was the authority or the spirit. The writings or founding documents of the Society of Jesus constitute two series of texts. The first one lays the foundation, establishing the belief of Loyola's companions in a kinship, attest to the capacity to bequeath this kinship. There are essentially two accounts from 1539 and 1541, testifying, on the one hand, to the way in which the Society was founded, i.e., the way in which it decided in and of itself to become an institution. The other thread establishes the Society's process of electing its first superior general, the election itself arising from the initial decision to establish the Society and the choice to obey one of the companions.

Keywords: community; Ignatius of Loyola; Jesus; seminal text; Society



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