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

What can I possibly say about literature that has survived the upheavals of five hundred years? Obviously, enough people felt that it was enough of a good read to keep it in existence. All that is really left for me to do is to convince you that a book that would otherwise sound dry and boring (...more

Ignatius seems to have been a goal-oriented sort. Become a top soldier? Pulled it off pretty well until a cannon ball shattered his leg. Embark on a rather Quixote-like quest of asceticism to remake himself as a saint? Threw himself into it whole-heartedly but it didn’t quite satisfy. Become educ...more

This was tough to read. Not the place I'd suggest going to start learning about St. Ignatius. There seems to be a lot in the narrative that is skipped, and a lot that he and his scribe assume you already know. So the gaps in knowledge make it hard to follow. He also come across a bit egotistical,...more

Incredible Quote "He [St. Ignatius] told me that he had not composed the Exercises all at one time, but perceiving certain things happening in his soul, and finding them helpful, he thought that they might also be helpful to others, and so he set them down in writing, for example, the examination...more

It does what it says on the tin; it's St Ingatius's autobiography, written in the style of any 16th-century autobio. If the topic sounds interesting, then the book is. If not, well, not.

The appendix, added by the translator in 1900, amused me; the translator is writing from his university in New...more

Saint Ignatius of Loyola has an amazing story. This book helped me to learn even more about his life. It was written a long time ago though and I sometimes found the timeline of all of his journeys hard to follow. It's not very common that I wish a book was longer, but in this case I found myself...more

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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