These are the points which our Father in Jesus Christ, Master Ignatius, proposed to everyone in the house on February 2, 1548. Giving each man a period of three, four, or five days to recollect and commend himself to God, he had them ponder these points, come to a decision, and write down how they stood in their regard. Our Father in Jesus Christ judged that a man would not be suited for the institute of this Society unless he had attained readiness in regard to all the following points, as true obedience demands.
1. Whether he finds himself indifferent to going to Sicily if so commanded or not going, preferring whatever will be enjoined on him by the superior, to whose governance, in the place of Jesus Christ, he is subjected.
2. Whether, if he should go, he finds himself indifferent towards accepting any task that is enjoined on him –such as: if he is educated, going to serve in corporal matters and ministries; if he has no education, going to teach theology, Greek or some other subject he does not know; and whether therein he judges that the best thing he can do is what is enjoined on him by obedience. Likewise, whether a man sent to be a teacher is ready to accept any of the four courses, i.e., scholastic theology, positive theology, philosophy, or humanities.
3. Whether, if sent as a student, he is ready to study whatever subject he is assigned, i.e., grammar, philosophy, or theology; and under whatever professor is appointed for him. In the same way, whether, if sent to serve, he is ready to work in the kitchen or at any other job.
4. Whether, in addition to carrying out whatever assignment he receives, he is disposed to consider it to be the best, submitting to the yoke of holy obedience not merely his performance but also his private judgement and will, so that he looks upon his assignment as the best in itself, finds peace and joy in whatever the superior shall judge most helpful for his own and the general welfare, and makes evident his faith that God's providence is to guide and govern him through the superior, etc.
The year 1548. I have signed this with my own hand.
Peter Canisius of Nimwegen