RCC 430M/RM 430M/CAS 440R: Jesuit Spirituality

FALL, 2010

Course Materials

  1. Course Syllabus, Fall, 2010
  2. Questions to Assess your Spirituality
  3. William Shakespeare, "St. Crispian's Day Speech," from the play Henry V, Act IV, Scene 3
  4. What is Spirituality
  5. Puhl Translation of the Spiritual Exercises
  6. Priesthood and the Religious Orders
  7. Missionary Questions
  8. 10 Commandments for Writing Good Essays
  9. Is This Revelation Authentic?

Movie Questions and Reviews

  • List of Recommended Films for Study
  • Ebert on "The Mission"
  • Ebert on "Field of Dreams"
  • Ebert on "Black Robe"
  • Ebert on "About Schmidt"
  • The Vatican's Top 45 Films
  • Questions While Watching 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Questions While Watching Field of Dreams
  • Questions While Watching Signs
  • Questions While Watching American Beauty
  • Questions While Watching Pleasantville
  • Questions While Watching The End of the Affair
  • Questions While Watching Death to Smoochy
  • Questions While Watching The Exorcist
  • Questions While Watching Superman
  • Questions While Watching The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • Questions While Watching Groundhog Day
  • Questions While Watching Good Will Hunting
  • Questions While Watching About Schmidt
  • Essays

    1. Fr. Bart Geger, S.J., Faith and Revelation [unpublished essay]
    2. Fr. Bart Geger, S.J.,The Human Condition [unpublished essay]
    3. Fr. Bart Geger, S.J.,Wonder and Awe [unpublished essay]
    4. Fr. Bart Geger, S.J.,Faith and Reason [unpublished essay]
    5. Fr. Bart Geger, S.J., Fact and Fiction in Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code
    6. C.S. Lewis, "Man or Rabbit? in God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics, ed. Walter Hooper. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdman's, 1970.
    7. "Allusions to the trial of the Jesuit martyr St. Edmund Campion" in Shakespeare's play Twelfth Night
    8. C.S. Lewis, "What Are We To Make of Jesus Christ?" in God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics, ed. Walter Hooper. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdman's, 1970.
    9. C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters, New York, Macmillan, 1944.
    10. Edward Wm. Clark, "Scriptural Interpretation is a Work of the Whole Church," in Five Great Catholic Ideas. New York: Crossroads, 1998.
    11. Michael Guinan, OFM, "Adam, Eve and Original Sin"
    12. Michael Guinan, OFM, "Christian Spirituality: Many Styles, One Spirit"
    13. Phyllis Zagano, "Examen of Consciousness: Finding God in All Things"
    14. Richard Leonard, SJ, "More Than Super: Searching for Christ in a Comic Book Culture," America (17 August 2009), pp. 29-31
    15. Bruce Feiler, "How Moses Shaped America," Time (12 October 2009), pp. 48-50.
    16. William A. Barry, "How God Reveals Sin to Us," in Finding God in All Things, Indian, Ave Maria Press, 1991, pp. 44-54.
    17. David Lonsdale, "The Spiritual Exercises," in Eyes to See, Ears to Hear, New York, Orbis Books, 2000, pp. 126-141
    18. David Lonsdale, Eyes to See, Ears to Hear: An Introduction to Ignatian Spirituality, First Edition, Chicago, Loyola University Press, 1990, pp. 63-83.
    19. Timothy Muldoon, "The First Workout: Understanding our Perfecting and Imperfection," in The Ignatian Workout: Daily Spiritual Exercises for a Healthy Faith, Chicago, Loyola press, 2004, pp. 83-101.
    20. Timothy M. Gallagher, Meditation and Contemplation: An Ignatian Guide to Praying with Scripture, New York, Crossroads, 2008, pp. 26-47.
    21. David Fleming, S.J., The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius: A Literal Translation and a Contemporary Reading, St. Louis, Institute of Jesuit Sources, 1978, pp. 202-219.
    22. Philip Endean, S.J., "The Spiritual Exercises," in The Cambridge Companion to the Jesuits, ed. Thomas Worcester, Cambridge University Press, 2008, pp. 52-67.
    23. Nicholas Standaert, "Jesuits in China," in The Cambridge Companion to the Jesuits, ed. Thomas Worcester, Cambridge University Press, 2008, pp. 169-185.
    24. Fr. George Ganss, ed., "General Introduction," in Ignatius of Loyola: Spiritual Exercises and Selected Works, New York, Paulist Press, 1991, pp. 9-63.
    25. Ronald Modras, Ignatian Humanism, Loyola University Press, 2004, pp. 84-129 [on Fr. Matteo Ricci, S.J.]
    26. John W. O'Malley, The First Jesuits, Harvard University Press, 1993, pp. 23-50.
    27. Ian Buruma, "Battling the Information Barbarians," The Wall Street Journal, 29 January 2010.
    28. S.C.Biela, Open Wide the Door to Christ, Denver, In the Arms of Mary Foundation, 2005, pp. 1-3, 93-174.
    29. St. Ignatius Loyola, The Constitutions of the Society of Jesus, Part IV (on the "magis")
    30. Fr. David Hollenbach, S.J., "The Eclipse of the Public" (on the magis)
    31. Fr. James Martin, S.J. The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, New York, Harper Collins, 2010, pp. 369-371 (on the "magis")


    1. IgnatianSpirituality.com: A website with many helpful essays, including an on-line copy of Fr. David Fleming's book What is Ignatian Spirituality?"
    2. C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, London, 1952.

      C. S. Lewis was a professor of classics at Oxford University in Great Britain. He had been an atheist in his youth, but later converted to Christianity. During World War II the Germans were routinely bombing the city of London, an historical event known as the “Blitz”. Terrified Londoners hid in the subway tunnels to escape the blasts. Many were struggling with their faith during this time of great death and duress, so Lewis took to the BBC radio, encouraging Christians in their faith. His messages were so popular, that he later converted them into a book entitled “Mere Christianity”. It is one of the great Christian classics of the 20th century.

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