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Service in the Analogia Entis and Spiritual Works of Erich Przywara

In his study of metaphysics, Analogia entis, Erich Przywara presents service (Dienst) as the link between the analogy of being and a vision of human nature as essentially sent by God into creation. This account informs many of Przywara’s spiritual writings, especially his commentaries on Ignatius’s Spiritual Exercises and his studies of the Jesuit charism. The article argues that Przywara’s spirituality of service, despite its limitations, offers an illuminating contrast to more-recent studies of Jesuit spirituality, which tend to prioritize interiority and personal experience.

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