Pilgrim's Journey The Autobiography of Ignatius of Loyola

ISBN-10: 0898708109
ISBN-13: 9780898708103
Edition: 2001
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Description: Saint Ignatius of Loyola was a man who saw above and beyond his century, a man of vision and calm hope, who could step comfortably into our era and the Church of our time and show us how to draw closer to Christ. Ignatius' autobiography spans  More...

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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Publication date: 7/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 204
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Saint Ignatius of Loyola was a man who saw above and beyond his century, a man of vision and calm hope, who could step comfortably into our era and the Church of our time and show us how to draw closer to Christ. Ignatius' autobiography spans eighteen very important years of this saint's 65-year life…from his wounding at Pamplona (1521) through his conversion, his university studies and his journey to Rome in order to place his followers and himself at the disposal of the Pope. These critical years reveal the incredible transformation and spiritual growth in the soul of a great saint and the events that helped to bring about that change in his life. This classic work merits a long life. Apart from providing a splendid translation of the saint's original text, Father Tylenda has included an informative commentary which enables the modern reader to grasp various allusions in the text-and to gain a better view of a saintly man baring his soul.

Inigo Lopez de Loyola was born into a wealthy Basque family in northern Spain. Small but quick of mind and body, he won appointment as a page to a wealthy confidant and treasurer to King Ferdinand. Filling his mind with chivalrous and amorous adventures from popular books, he was fired with a militant ardor that was later to transfer readily from secular to religious activities. As a young man, he was cited several times for acts of violence. When the French invaded Navarre in 1521 and attacked Pamplona, Loyola counseled defense to the death, and during the subsequent bombardment one of his legs was broken and the other injured by a cannonball. The small garrison surrendered; Loyola's life changed abruptly. Recovering from his wounds and the operations undergone to lengthen his broken leg, Ignatius (as he now began to call himself) turned to reading stories of the saints and of Christ. He quickly developed an aversion to worldly ideals and resolved to serve and imitate Christ alone. He lived in a cave in Manresa for 11 months in total poverty and there finished the first edition of his Spiritual Exercises. Though they were not finished to his satisfaction until 1541, he soon began to use them to help retreat leaders and penitents to structure their days of devotion. After a brief visit to Jerusalem, he returned to Spain, where he continually fell afoul of the Inquisition. To escape its restrictions, he traveled to the University of Paris, took a master's degree in philosophy, and gathered a company of nine companions who, in 1540, were canonically confirmed by Pope Pius III as the Society of Jesus, which became known as the Jesuits. The next year he was elected superior-general for life. Loyola's amazing abilities as spiritual director, organizer, and money raiser are revealed in his massive correspondence and in the instant success of his new order. By the time of his death, the society numbered nearly 1,000 members. Already they were leaders in the Catholic Reformation, missionaries wherever Spanish and Portuguese ships sailed, and faculty for the many seminaries the church set up to counter the Protestant insistence on an educated ministry. Ignatius was canonized in 1622.

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