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The Autobiography of St. Ignatius

St. Ignatius Loyola

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. . .s sins as with the intention of doing something pleasing to his Lord. He declared indeed that though filled with [Pg 32]the liveliest abhorrence of his past sins, he could not assure himself that they were forgiven; yet in his austerities so intense was his desire to do great things for Christ that he did not think of his sins. When he recalled the penances practised by holy persons, his whole mind was bent on doing something to equal and even surpass them. In this holy ambition he found his consolation, for he had no interior motive for his penances, knowing as yet very little about humility or charity or patience, for to obtain these many holy men have led austere lives. He knew still less the value of discretion, which regulates the practice of these virtues. To do something great for the glory of his God, to emulate saintly men in all that they had done before him—this was the only object of Ignatius in his practices of external mortification.

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Community Reviews

St. Ignatius challenges us to see our convictions through to the end. With faith and fortitude.

The life of a great man. Through illness and the books God chose he went forward and changed the world forever, with the light of Christ in his heart guiding him.

Recommended by an author you love (James Martin, SJ)

The stories as told visa via a 3rd person account makes for an easy read. The letters seem to to offer more insights into St Ignatius' thinking. Remember this doesn't contain all of his writings.

Interesting, short book. Worth reading

The spiritual autobiography of St Ignatius, as told in the third person to a young Portuguese Jesuit.

Following St Paul's example (2 Cor 12!), Ignatius spoke of the experiences of a certain "pilgrim" whose life was marked by a progressive understanding of God's ways with the soul. One thing that...more


Been an ex-alumni of a Jesuit school, reading this Autobiography of the founder was a recollection of my years of education with the Jesuit priests, the book itself is well written.

An interesting saint who left a huge impact on higher education. A quick read.

The life of Ignatius of Loyola as dictated by him. Ignatius was the founder of the Jesuit society and lived a life of humility and suffering. He was very strict on himself and gave no thought to authority except for the authority of God. He focuses on his life and hardships rather than his accomp...more

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The tumultuous era that gave rise to Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation, the Spanish Inquisition, the Tudor dynasty and the ever-expanding age of exploration, also gave rise to a single man’s greatness in serving God completely. St Ignatius...more

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