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Studies on the Jesuits and the Arts

This winter's Studies is a special issue dedicated to the Jesuits and the arts, including essays relating to last year's commemorative exhibition in the National Gallery.

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JESUITICA: Saint Jean de Brébeuf SJ

Lacrosse began life as a sport to instil manly virtues and preparedness for war in the youth of Native American tribes. St Jean de Brébeuf SJ observed the game being played by Iroquois tribesmen, and (so the story goes) he called it lacrosse as he thought the stick they used resembled a bishop’s crozier. There was, however, nothing episcopal – ...

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JESUITICA: Jesuit bark better than bite

Jesuit bark (or Pulvis Patrum) was the historical name for quinine, the most celebrated remedy for malaria. Taken from the cinchona tree, its ability to bring down fever had been discovered by the Peruvian Indians, and it was Jesuits working in Peru who brought it to Europe. It was through their recommendation of its use that the wife of the ...

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JESUITICA: Early ecumenism

In 1687 a multi-denominational Jesuit school in Edinburgh described its ethos: “There shall be all freedom for everyone to practise what Religion he shall please. None shall upbraid or reproach anyone on account of Religion; and when any exercise of Religion shall be practised, as hearing Mass, catechising, or preaching, or any other, it shall be lawful for any Protestant ...

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JESUITICA: Clerical dress

Matteo Ricci SJ, a very innovative Jesuit missionary who lived in China from 1582 until his death in 1610, described Jesuit dress at the court of the Ming Emperor: “We have let our beards grow and our hair down to our ears; we have adopted the special dress that the literati wear, which is of purple silk, and the hem of the robe and ...

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JESUITICA: Making men of them

“Give me a boy for the first seven years and I will give you the man.” Anyone who can document this as a principle of Jesuit education can claim a large reward. It is still unclaimed. Jesuits don’t do little people. They heeded the Ratio Studiorum of 1586: “Children under seven are an awful nuisance (molestissimi sunt), and need nurses ...

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