Ignatius of Loyola Speaks

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Ignatius of Loyola Speaks


O'Brien, William P., Theological Studies


Ignatius of Loyola Speaks. By Karl Rahner, S.J. Translated from the German by Annemarie S. Kidder. South Bend, IN: St. Augustine, 2013. Pp. xvi + 75. $13.

Theologian and native German-speaker Annemarie Kidder provides a clear, readable, and appropriately colloquial translation of a late-career essay that German theologian Karl Rahner (1904-1984) had written to accompany a pictorial on Ignatius of Loyola (Ignatius von Loyola, [1978]). In this essay, which R. has called "a sort of last will and testament" (xvi), he assumes the voice of the sanctified Ignatius, who wants "to try and say something about myself and the task of Jesuits today" (3).

The 15 brief chapters move seamlessly from issues of individual religious experience and mystical prayer to discussion of Ignatian spirituality, religious institution, and the incarnation of Christ, into treatment of service and discipleship, with special reference to the Society of Jesus that Ignatius founded. The latter chapters, including the final two on the universal mission of the Society and the order's possibilities for change, R. addresses to his brother Jesuits, insisting on the relevance today of the charism of the preinstitutional Society. The book's movement thus recalls topics from the Ignatian Exercises, in particular the Trinity's decision to enter the world and the companionship with Jesus of the one making the Exercises. …

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