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Personal Writings

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One of the key figures in Christian history, St. Ignatius of Loyola (c. 1491-1556) was a passionate and unique spiritual thinker and visionary. The works gathered here provide a first-hand, personal introduction to this remarkable character: a man who turned away from the Spanish nobility to create the revolutionary Jesuit Order, inspired by the desire to help people follo ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published June 27th 1996 by Penguin Classics (first published 1996)
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Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have finished the "Reminisces", St Ignatius's autobiography, and it has come to mean more to me than I ever thought it would. I've gotten to know him as a true character: crazy, obsessive, emotional, strong-willed, and the admirable embodiment of persistence. If I had known him in person, I know I would have loved to be around him, being constantly entertained and inspired at the same time. It's as though his life was planned so that others could find hope for themselves in it, regardless of w ...more
Jun 16, 2014 rated it liked it
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I have read some of this text before, but as I read them again among other stuff, they have grown to make more sense (the biography and the Exercises, at least).
Spiritual Diary didn't give much, as a lot of it was repetitive yet does give a good glimpse into his mind. His letters show great skill (even those few that are not really written by him completely).

I still have an issue with his opinions on obedience - at least in how there seems to be nothing about how the superiors should conduct th
Jan 03, 2016 rated it liked it
The three separate parts of this book are complimentary but could also be read or used separately. The autobiography at the beginning is interesting, although brief and only a snapshot, it does provide an interesting view into the mind of Ignatius. The second section, the letters, is also interesting although some of the individual letters seem to be out of place. The final section - the exercises - might be the most important but is probably best served as a tool for someone ready to dedicate t ...more
Jun 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
powerful, particularly after being taught by Jesuits in school for many years
Sep 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book contains Ignatius' letters and commentaries on his spiritual exercises. The book was very helpful in giving the reader a sense of Ignatius' theological views.
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Mar 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful confessions of renaissance Tridentine Catholic spirituality. Challenging and insightful. I will treasure this book and return to it again.
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Saint Ignatius of Loyola was the principal founder and first Superior General of the Society of Jesus. The compiler of the Spiritual Exercises, Ignatius was described by Pope Benedict XVI as being above all a man of God, who gave the first place of his life to God, and a man of profound prayer. He was very active in fighting the Protestant Reformation and promoting the subsequent counter-reformati ...more
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