St. Louis: Institute of Jesuit Sources, 1970. First edition. Small folio, original red cloth, photographic pastedowns, original dust jacket. Early owner signature. A near-fine book in a very good dust jacket with closed tears, mild rubbing and a toned spine with chip and creasing. Item #358
"THUS IT AROSE THAT, IN AGE AFTER AGE, IT WAS GOD WHO TOOK A COOPERATIVE MAN OR WOMAN AND MOLDED HIM INTO THE PERSONALITY OF A BENEDICT, A FRANCIS OF ASSISI, A DOMINIC, AN IGNATIUS, A THERESA, OR A FRANCIS DE SALES, AND GAVE HIM A MESSAGE OF VALUE FOR HIS OWN AGE AND FOR LATER ERAS"
First edition in English of the entire corpus of Saint Ignatius Loyola's Constituciones de la Compañía de Jesús. With five illustrations, including photographic pastedowns featuring an image and a description of the wax impression of the seal used by St. Ignatius when he was the first General of the Order (1541-1556). This edition, a publication of the Institute of Jesuit Sources at St. Louis University, was supervised by George Ganss, S. J., a professor in the university's School of Divinity and the Director of the Institute. Father Ganss prepared the translation, wrote an introduction, and wrote the footnotes to provide a running commentary. Ignatius Loyola is sometimes mistakenly regarded as an austere and remote figure with little personal connection to the modern era "but the two writings into which Ignatius poured his heart and soul--the Spiritual Exercises and the Constitutions of the Society of Jesus...have worked well for more than 450 years. For Ignatius of Loyola was nothing if not practical. After discerning God's will for himself, he resolutely set out to do it." (James Martin, My Life with the Saints).
The text is composed of two main sections with the commentary arranged as footnotes: Part One. Introduction, Chapter 1. The Life-giving Spirit within St. Ignatius' Constitutions, Chapter 2. Technical Introduction on the Constitutions of the Society of Jesus. Part Two. The Constitutions of the Society of Jesus, Document 1. The Formula of the Institute, Document 2. The General Examen and its Declarations, Document 3. The Constitutions of the Society of Jesus and their Declarations. A shorter Part Three collects Reference Matter including a chronology, supplementary notes, a bibliography and two indexes. With a Dedication by Ganss "To Very Reverend Father Peter Arrupe/With deep respect and affection" and a notation recognizing the brother of the Reverend Edward V. Monaghan, S.J. for donating funds to aid the publication of this founding document of the Society of Jesus. Approbations.