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Compendium of Jesuit exercises, rules, and texts

Collection MS-2017-057: Compendium of Jesuit exercises, rules, and texts


  • probably between 1565 and 1580

Scope and Contents

Comprised of a variety of Jesuit and Jesuit influenced texts, including early exercises, Jesuit rules, and unknown Jesuit texts. Work 5 contains 65 rules, as did the original Reglas comunes created in 1551. Work 10 contains 11 rules for Jesuit students, as does the Ratio studiorum (Munich, 1600), with textual variations. Works 15, 16 and 27 contain texts related to Monumenta Ignaciana, textus Vallsioletanus (Colegio de Ingleses, Ms. 898, ff. 19r-34r), with textual variations. Work 18 contains 24 exercises, untraced to any existing printed work, likely inspired by Ignatius' exercises and other Jesuit works. Work 30 contains 12 instructions, likely based in part on the works of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux. Work 37 comprises the beginning of the ninth treaty, Tratado de confusión, of San Francisco de Borja's Tratados espirituales (Alcalá de Henares, 1550). All other texts have not been traced.

Language of Materials

Primarily Spanish with some Latin.

Restrictions on Access

Open for research; digital version also available. Fragile original; use care and handling.

Conditions Governing Use

These materials are made available for use in research, teaching and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.


1 Volumes : 222 leaves ; 106 x 76 mm (89 x 49 mm)

Folio index

1. fol. 1r-5v: Artificio de los ex[ercicio]s de n[uestro] p[adre] Ignacio

2. fol. 6r: Amor laborem non fetit

3. fol. 6v: blank

4. fol. 7r-19v: Sumario de las constituciones que trata de la sp[irit]ual institucio[n] de los n[uestr]os las cuales todas se deben observar

5. fol. 20r-26r: Reglas communes

6. fol. 26v-27r: Regulae patris Ignacii

7. fol. 27r-28r: Reglas de modestia

8. fol. 28v: Oracion y obediencia

9. fol. 28v. [Latin extract from the Speculum monachorum by Arnulf of Bohéries]

10. fol. 29r-30v: Regulae scholasticorum

11. fol. 31r-31v: Regulae quaedam observande

12. fol. 32r-33r: Modo de dar quenta plena conciencia

13. fol. 33v: blank

14. fol. 34r-37r: Carta d[e] la ob[edienci]a d[e] nuestr[o] p[adr]e Ignacio

15. fol. 38r-40r: Meditacion de la muerte co[n]tiene despues de la or[ació]n preparat[iv]a 2 preambulos y 7 punctos y un colloquio -- 16. fol. 40v-42v: Meditacion del juizio

17. fol. 43r-43v: blank

18. fol. 44r-181v: Para hacer bien los exercicios se ha de hazer los siguiente

19. fol. 182r-185v: Meditaciones del amor de Dios

20. 186r-189v: Medios para alcanzar el amor de dios

21. fol. 190r-192r: Discurso de los mas principales misterios de la Passion de C[hrist]o de Nu[estr]o Señor

22. fol. 192v-193r: De la grandeza de los dolores de christo

23. fol. 194r-195v: Modos y vias de conte[m]plar la Passion de Nu[estr]o S[eño]r q[ue] so[n] los fructos q[ue] della han de sacarse

24. fol. 196r-197v: Memoria de los pasos de la Passion y a q[ue] [h]ora fuero[n] para hacer exame[n] de la prese[n]cia de Dios

25. fol. 198r-199r: Colloquio dulciss[im]o a la Sancta Cruz

26. fol. 199v: blank

27. fol. 200r-202r: Septem gradus obediae ex D. Bernar

28. fol. 202r-203v: De orone [i.e. oratione]

29. fol. 203v-204v: Co[n]te[m]placion

30. fol. 205r-210v: Doze grados de soberbia declarados por S. Ber[nardo]

31. fol. 211r: Servicios al s[an]to de cada mes

32. fol. 211v: S. Ambrosio

33. fol. 211v: Trismegisto

34. fol. 212r-214r: Siguesela s[an]ta regla de los amadores de la div[in]a sapia [i.e. sapiencia]

35. fol. 214r-215r: Avisos para religiosos

36. fol. 215v-216r: Para la lengua

37. fol. 216r-217r: Para sacar amor y co[n]fusio[n] de los buenos deseos

38. fol. 217r-217v: Avisos para los que va[n] a otras casas

39. fol. 217v-218r: Medios para comulgar con fructo

40. fol. 218r-219r: Siete grados de humildad

41. fol. 219r-219v: Medios para aborrecer la carne

42. fol. 220r: Quatuor semper religioso facie[n]da

43. fol. 220r: Septem gemit, charitatis

44. fol. 220r-220v: Quatuor semper agenda

45. fol. 220v: Protrib[us] semper gemiendem

46. fol. 220v: Septem miae adeo

47. fol. 220v: Tría humilita fundam[en]ta

48. fol. 221r: Tres grad[us] conforma[n]de me[um] volu[m]t[is] cu[m] div[in]a

49. fol. 221r-221v: Quatuor in quibus in gratitudo consistit

50. fol. 221v: Duo vere obedientie fundamenta

51. fol. 221v-222r: Tria sunt per quae obedientie meritorum de perdi protest

52. fol. 222r: De quatuor magna pacem

53. fol. 222r-222v: Docn monta quaedam

54. fol. 222v: Quotidie haec facienda sunt.


Origin: Written in Spain, probably during the second half of the sixteenth century.

From a private collection in the United States, acquired in the early 1950s by the father of the previous owner through the intermediation of Spanish bookseller Enrique Montero González (1920-1986), from an English private collection.

Purchase from HS Rare Books, 2017.

Existence of digital copies

This item is available digitally. A link is included in the inventory.

Materials Specific Details

Manuscript codex. Date of production based on internal evidence. Sewn and unbound. Horizontal catchwords bottom margin, to right of center.

Compendium of Jesuit exercises, rules, and texts
probably between 1565 and 1580
Marc Only
Amy Brown
Description rules
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository

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