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Title: Pilgrimage (in the life of Ignatius the early Jesuits) [The Cambridge encyclopedia of the Jesuits]
Other Titles: The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Jesuits
Authors: Cassar, Carmel
Keywords: Ignatius, of Loyola, Saint, 1491-1556
Pilgrims and pilgrimages
Jesuits -- History
Jesuits -- Theology
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Citation: Cassar, C. (2017). Pilgrimage (in the life of Ignatius the early Jesuits). In T. Worcester (Ed.), The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Jesuits (pp. 615-617). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Abstract: Pilgrimages figured prominently among the early Jesuits. It was a means of instilling the Ignatian principles of personal interior development and, as such, very effective in spiritual formation. As a result, the early Jesuits came to conceive of themselves primarily as "pilgrims," or as "apostle" who, like St. PauI, traveled from one place to another to spread the teachings of the Gospel. They essentially saw themselves as itinerant preachers, like Jesus and his disciples, and were mainly concerned with inculcating holiness in the hearts of their listeners, converting them to the "true path." This ideal remained central to the Jesuit creed.
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