ARI209 IGNATIAN MYSTICAL TRADITION AND JESUIT MYSTICISM
Institute of Spirituality
Licentiate in Spiritual Theology
Objectives: Once the course has clarified the relation between spirituality/theology and mysticism/mystical theology, it will help participants understand Ignatian and Jesuit mysticism by reading and analysing some selected writings of Ignatius himself and a few Jesuit Mystics. Subsequently, it will tackle vexed questions which still mark mystical life and prayer today, such as passivity, purification, perception of God in daily life, and working. Contents: 1-2. The Mystic and his Experience. 3-4 Ignatius’ Mysticism: Transition from the Spiritual Exercises to the Spiritual Journal. 4. Peter Faber: Liberty and Personal Limits. 5-6. Antonio Cordeses and Baltasar Álvarez: Mysticism on Trial. 7. Achille Gagliardi: Mystical Annihilation. 8. Mysticism: an Answer to the Spiritual crisis of a Religious Order? 9-10. Louis Lallemant and the Spiritual Doctrine. 11-12. Jean-Joseph Surin: Experience of Hell and Mystical Deliverance. Methodology: Lectures with the possibility of debates during class. Evaluation: Oral exam at the end of the course.