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Saint Ignatius of Loyola
July 27, 2018
by Staff
Saint Ignatius of Loyola

 

Saint Ignatius was born in 1491, in his father’s castle of Loyola, at Azpetia, Spain. At the age of seventeen he joined the army. Three years later, while on the defense of a fort during a battle against the French, his legs were hit by a cannonball. His right shin was broken and his left calf was torn. This injury led to a long period of recovery and much physical suffering. Saint Ignatius bore it patiently and to pass the time read the only two books available to him, one about the life of Christ and the other about the lives of the saints. Through God’s grace, this experience transformed his life. His goal, which before had been worldly, became to live a life dedicated to the greater glory of God (he would often repeat this to himself – “For the greater glory of God”). After undergoing many more trials, he was ordained a priest and founded, with his followers, the Company of Jesus, that is, the Jesuits. The order initiated with ten men but by the time of his death, fifteen years later, there were more than one thousand members, spread over Europe, the Americas and Asia. Saint Ignatius died in Rome, in 1556, at the age of 64.