The Autobiography of St. Ignatius Loyola, with Related Documents

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Fordham Univ Press, 1974 - Biography & Autobiography - 113 pages
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From the Introduction: "The autobiography...does not cover the complete life of Ignatius. It begins abruptly in 1521 at the great turning point in the saint's life - his injury in the battle of Pamplona when the French occupied that town and attacked its citadel. It then spans the next seventeen years up to the arrival of Ignatius and his early companions in Rome...These years are the central years of Ignatius's life. They are the years...that open with his religious conversion and that witness his spiritual growth. They are the years of pilgrimage, to use his own designation, of active travel and searching, and of interior progress in the Christian life. They are the years of preparation for the establishment of the great religious order he will found and for its dynamic thrust in the turbulent Europe and the expanding world of his day."

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Convalescence and Conversion May 1521February 1522
The Pilgrim Sets Out March 1522
Manresa March 1522Early 1523
The Journey to Jerusalem MarchSeptember 1523
The Return to Spain September 1523Early 1524
Studies at Barcelona and Alcalá Lent 1524June 1527
Trouble at Salamanca JulyLate 1527
At the University of Paris February 1528March 1535
Revisiting Spain AprilLate 1535
Venice and Vicenza Late 1535Late 1337
Rome 1538
Ignatiuss Letter to Isabel Roser December 19 1538
A Letter to Diego de Gouvea November 23 1538
The First Sketch of the Institute of the Society of Jesus 1539
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Page 24 - Yet there was this difference. When he was thinking of those things of the world he took much delight in them, but afterwards, when he was tired and put them aside, he found himself dry and dissatisfied. But when he thought of going to Jerusalem barefoot, and of eating nothing but plain vegetables and of...
Page 24 - And so he began to forget the previous thoughts, with these holy desires he had, and they were confirmed by a spiritual experience, in this manner. One night while he was awake, he saw clearly an image of Our Lady with the holy Child Jesus. From this sight he received for a considerable time very great consolation, and he was left with such loathing for his whole past life and especially for the things of the flesh...
Page 21 - Until the age of twenty-six he was a man given over to vanities of the world; with a great and vain desire to win fame he delighted especially in the exercise of...
Page 31 - So, being tired of examining what would be best to do and not arriving at a definite conclusion, he decided as follows: to let the mule go with the reins slack as far as the place where the ways parted. And if the mule took the village road, he would seek out the Moor and stab him; if the mule did not go toward the village but took the highway, he would let him be. And doing as he had thought, Our Lord deigned that...

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John C. Olin was Professor Emeritus of History at Fordham University.

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