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What do you know about Saint Ignatius?
Posted by Ian on 31 July 2016 12:03 PM

The Feast of Saint Ignatius of Loyola is here! As we celebrate his life, we should recognize the unbelievable importance and influence Saint Ignatius had on the current state of Catholicism in the world, and especially in the United States.


Saint Ignatius the Soldier


Born in Spain in 1491, Saint Ignatius underwent a spiritual conversion after being injured in battle against the French-supported Nevarrese at the Battle of Pamplona. After his injury in 1521, Saint Ignatius abandoned his military life and, while at the shrine of Our Lady of Montserrat, had a vision of the Holy Mother. After this vision, he became a hermit, adapted a rigorous regimen of prayer, and began writing The Spiritual Exercises.


The Spiritual Exercises
The Spiritual Exercises



Saint Ignatius moved on from this life of solitude, intent on settling in the Holy Land, but ended up returning to Europe and studying theology and Latin in Paris. It was in this city that he and his followers took their vows of chastity and poverty. Through this, he went on to become the founder of the Society of Jesus—popularly known as the Jesuits. Read more about the life of Saint Ignatius in A Pilgrim’s Journey.


A Pilgrim's Journey
A Pilgrim’s Journey


Two of Saint Ignatius’ enduring legacies are his seminal work, The Spiritual Exercises, and the Jesuit Order. The Spiritual Exercises is a guide of exercises and meditations laid out over a four-week plan, helping the reader grow closer to Jesus Christ through prayer. Designed to be utilized under the tutelage of a spiritual director, the Exercises were in fact never meant to be used solely by people in the religious life. Indeed, Saint Ignatius gave the Exercises for well over a decade before he himself was ordained.


The Spiritual Exercises Digital Edition
The Spiritual Exercises Digital Edition


Available for Kindle and Nook


After founding the Society of Jesus, Saint Ignatius adapted the Exercises as a central tenet in the formation and training of Jesuit novitiates. They normally take place within the first two years of a novitiate’s training. When lay people undergo the Exercises, it is generally under the spiritual direction of a Jesuit priest.


The Jesuits maintain a firm presence throughout the world, and especially in the United States, where they established and run many top-tier universities and colleges—like Boston College, Fordham University, Xavier University, Gonzaga University, and dozens more. Their impact and visibility in the increasingly secular modern United States cannot be understated.


Saint Ignatius has had a worldwide impact spanning across centuries, and Aquinas and More has all the resources to learn more about and from this tremendous saint.

Save 20% on Ignatius of Loyola the movie.

This powerful new feature film is a modern look at the story of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, often called ‘The Saint of Second Chances.’ As a brash, hot-headed soldier in a time of political upheaval in Spain in the 1500’s, the young Ignatius went from living a life of brutal violence and debauchery, to becoming one of the greatest saints in the history of the Church. This film chronicles his torturous struggle to turn from darkness to light—a struggle that nearly destroyed him, but also gave him the key to a spiritual weapon that continues to save lives to this very day.

Produced by Jesuit Communications Philippines (JesCom), this movie was shot on location in Spain.

“An absolutely stunning portrayal of one of the greatest saints of all time! This film will inspire many to turn away from the illusory things of this world and seek to become knights of heaven and saints!”
– Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, Author, Champions of the Rosary

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