Saturday, August 17, 2013

St. Ignatius and Cura Personalis

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I am currently reading and trying to following the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.  The more I read, the more I want to learn more of this fascinating saint.  The following is from a daily e-letter I receive from DotMagis, the Blog of

Little is written about the Ignatian-Jesuit characteristic of cura personalis, which is Latin for “care for the whole person.” Cura personalis comes down to the respect for all that makes up each individual. As St. Paul reminds us, “the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body…” (1 Corinthians 12:12)...
 St. Ignatius once wrote a letter to a Jesuit ordering him to take better care of his health after learning that he was not eating properly; his ministry was taking away from the proper care of his body. Ignatius wrote, “For the next three months, from now until September, you are to do no preaching, but are to look after your health.” Ignatius implored him to follow doctor’s advice under the vow of obedience...
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