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Four Themes of Jesuit Education

Robert J. Spitzer, S.J., Ph.D.
July 1, 2013
SKU:
EDU-004725
Region: 
North America
Topic: 
Ethics & Social Justice
Length: 
4 pages
Keywords: 
Jesuit, Education, Higher Education, Mission, Purpose, Freedom, Ethics
Student Price: 
$3.50
Four themes have dominated Jesuit life, mission, and education since St. Ignatius of Loyola wrote the Spiritual Exercises: (1) Purpose in life, (2) The human person, (3) Freedom, and (4) Ethics. One might think at first that the Jesuits would emphasize “God” or “divine providence” or perhaps “spiritual life.” Though these themes are of paramount importance to the Jesuits, we view ourselves as contemplatives in action, and so we are interested in how God, divine providence, and spiritual life play out in the world —in “real world” persons, communities, cultures, and societies. We have always been interested in using our relationship with God and our education not only to advance the cause of the Kingdom of God, but also the common good within the world. The inspiration for this comes from Jesus who interwove love of God with love of neighbor.