Walking in the Spirit: A Reflection on Jerónimo Nadal's Phrase "Contemplative Likewise in Action"

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Joseph F. Conwell, S.J.
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xxii, 297 p. ; 24 cm.
Series III: Original Studies Composed in English, No. 17
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Walking in the Spirit recognizes the universal call to holiness expressed at Vatican II from the perspective of Jerónimo Nadal, an early companion of Ignatius who believed that contemplation leads to action that is itself contemplative—something he called simul in actione contemplativus (“contemplative likewise in action”). Author Joseph F. Conwell, S.J., explores this idea in the context of Nadal’s life and travels, and explores its relationship with Jesuit history, the Constitutions of the Society, and the Spiritual Exercises. While drawing on Jesuit tradition, Walking in the Spirit is expressly written for anyone interested in prayer. “Taste the piquancy of the Society of Jesus,” writes Conwell in his preface. “If you are a Jesuit, see how profoundly you enjoy its spicy tang; if you are not a Jesuit, taste Loyola’s cuisine.”

Includes bibliographical references (p. 275-288) and index.


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    Walking in the Spirit

    Posted by thomas provinsal on Dec 21st 2020

    During a time of internal renewal of the Society of Jesus, this is a good reflection on the work of Jerome Nadal as he worked to renew the first Society in understanding its mission. It is helpful in the present. It also emphasizes the great strength of friendships in the spiritual life. Nadal comes across as a great and flawed man who made those around him better.