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Title:The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and shifts in images of God and self: the experience of two South African women
Author:Paulin-Campbell, Annemarie
Periodical:Journal for the Study of Religion (ISSN 1011-7601)
Geographic term:South Africa
religious rituals
Abstract:The 'Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius' are a structured retreat process, including imaginative contemplation, developed nearly 500 years ago by St. Ignatius of Loyola. The present paper explores shifts in the image of God and of self experienced by two women in South Africa making the Exercises. One, a black Roman Catholic Sotho-speaking woman holding an undergraduate degree, discovered a sense of dignity as a black person and experienced herself affirmed as a woman. The other, an Afrikaans-speaking white woman from a Dutch Reformed background and engaged in postgraduate studies, reported that the Exercises strengthened the latent inner voices which went against the norms and expectations of her own cultural background. All of the 19 women interviewed for this research described a positive shift in their image both of God and self through undergoing the Exercises. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]