Saint Ignatius of Loyola Profile

He inherited all the swashbuckling worldliness of the flashiest Spanish gallants, and as a young man he threw himself into the battles with France that raged in the borderlands surrounding his home.
by ePriest.com Staff Writer | Source: ePriest.com
St Ignatius of Loyola was a Christian knight from the north of Spain.

There he was blasted with a cannonball and had to spend months in bed, recuperating.

* Bored stiff, he asked for some romance novels to read.
* None were available in the castle, but there was a Life of Christ and a few volumes of lives of the saints.
* Just to pass the time, he began to read them. Soon he began to relish them.
* By the time he recovered, he had become firmly convinced of the vanity of earthly glory.
* He made a pilgrimage and began leading a truly Christian life, laying deep foundations of intense and heartfelt prayer and building up an impressive spiritual edifice of self-denial, charity, and dedication to the Kingdom of Christ.
* He then took up studies for the priesthood in Europe's greatest university, even though he was twice as old as most of the students.
* He gathered some fellow students around him and convinced them to dedicate their lives completely to serve the cause of Christ.
* That little group became the seed of the religious order now known as the Jesuits, which has had more of an impact on the world, perhaps, than any other institution besides the Church itself.
* Since its foundation in 1541, there has never been a day in which the earth has not been blessed with the presence of a Jesuit who was later canonized as a saint.

And it all started because he began to actively feed his soul with truth, instead of just feeding his body with bread.


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