The Word Among Us

September 2007 Issue

Ignatius the Saint

Ignatius of Loyola's journey from fiery soldier to dedicated pastor.

By: John OMalley, SJ

He was born the year before Columbus discovered America. His contemporaries were larger-than-life figures like Michelangelo, St. Teresa of Avila, Martin Luther, and King Henry VIII. He was often described as a "soldier saint," but he bore arms for only a few months of his life. He was also called a "reformer," but he rarely spoke about the church’s need for change.

He was, however, a natural-born leader of men, a pastor, and one of the most flexible men of his time. His work the Spiritual Exercises, which...

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