Society Of Jesus Research Paper

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The Society of Jesus
The Society of Jesus is a Religious Order founded by Saint Ignatius of Loyola after being granted confirmation by Pope Paul II in 1540. Also known as the Jesuits, this religious order, today, is spread all over the world. They have a long history of working for the evangelization, in defense of faith and the promotion of justice in the world. “Ignatius had founded not only a new order but a new kind of order, distinctly different from the Franciscans, the Dominicans, the Benedictines, and others.” The Spiritual Exercises that Saint Ignatius established are the foundation of the Ignatian spiritually. The Book of the “General Examen” is meant to spirituality guide the candidates and those, who have professed their vows
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The Jesuits are a very stable religious order, they are known for going through a rigid and long formation. In the past, they were known for their powerful influence in society. During the Reformation and Counter Reformation, the Jesuits, very intellectual priests, emerged in favor of the Catholic Church. The Jesuits, in addition to the three vows of: poverty, chastity and obedience, they profess a fourth vow of special obedience to the Pope, which refers to specific missions to which the Pope may assign them. However, how does the Society of Jesus live to make a vow of poverty and at the same time have great economic …show more content…
As any other religious Order, they live poverty, economically and sharing everything they received. This act of sharing allows them to have the necessary to live under the decisions and will of their superior general. Jesuits principal duty is to imitate Christ “on the lowliness, the poverty and humiliations”. The vows were founded with the purpose to allow them to live freely, to live a life focus on the Lord and to focus their efforts on the mission of the Society. They must live and die in the Society. Nowadays, the Jesuits live as men who are always willing to be in any place and where there is need to communicate the Gospel. For this reason, Jesuits perform different tasks such as teaching in a university, serving at a church or simply accompanying and immersing themselves in the world. For the Jesuits, frontiers are not obstacles but challenges, new opportunities to rejoice and be

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