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A Spanish knight who hailed from a noble Basque family, Ignatius seemed destined for military glory until he was badly wounded in 1521 during the Battle of Pamplona. While convalescing, Ignatius began reading De Vita Christi by Ludolph of Saxony, after which he began a tireless career in service of the Catholic Church. After spending several years studying the faith, Ignatius formed the Society of Jesus in 1539, and as its Superior General, he sent followers as missionaries across Europe to create schools, colleges, and seminaries. The Jesuits remain active across the world nearly 500 years later. By 1548, he had published his famous Spiritual Exercises, which help the faithful commit themselves to Christ by conducting different mental exercises. The Spiritual Exercises continue to be wildly popular across the world today, even among non-Catholics.
By the time Ignatius died in 1556, he was one of the most important Catholics of the Counter-Reformation, and it took less than 100 years for him to be beatified and canonized as a saint. Catholic Legends: The Life and Legacy of St. Ignatius of Loyola chronicles Ignatius' remarkable life and his ongoing legacy.
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By Dr. Bob on 04-02-18
Great story of a true st.
I once thought of becoming a Jesuit. It's the highest order in the most difficult priesthood to get into. It takes 11 years to become a priest. Normally it's only 4. It's education on top of education and on top of Education. This is a great story about The Humble man who started it and what he went through in the beginning to start the order and how he died such a simple man at the end.