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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.

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

“Hoya Saxa.” -St. Ignatius

I love Ignatius and the autobiographical account of his life is interesting but this book doesn’t seem to capture the depth, grandeur or mysticism of the Saint. This is largely a dictation of events and times remembered by Ignatius where the writer is convincing Ignatius to retell what he remembe...more

Wonderful book. It gives the reader insight on this great saint.

I santi non nascono con l'aureola, sono uomini come tutti noi, molto spesso hanno vite travagliate, drammatiche, dissolute, violente... fino a quando succede qualcosa (un fatto, non un pensiero o un sentimento) con cui si trovano a fare i conti e la loro vita prende una piega imprevista, diversa,...more

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

He's like a clerical Don Quioxte!

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

Reaction Paper for Christian Spirituality Class

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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