"I Alone, What Can I Be?"

A Commentary on the Five Exercises of the First Week

The title of the present booklet “I alone, what can I be?” is a key expression which appears in number 58 of the Spiritual Exercises text. The “I alone” does not refer to a physical solitude (I’m on my own) or a psychological one (I feel alone), but instead to a vital choice:  “by and with my own strength,” “without needing God for anything.”  A presumption characterised by covetousness and pride which ends up turning into the root of sin (personal and structural) and its characteristic turmoil.  Precisely by means of the exercises in this first week, the text attempts to help the exercitant detect the lie hidden in such arrogance: alone, without God, nothing can and nothing is, because human beings have been created/loved precisely so as to live their relationship to God in all things.

Written by Carles Marcet.