The Life of St. Ignatius of Loyola The beginning of the Jesuit Order
Introduction to St. Ignatius Who is St. Ignatius? Ignatius of Loyola (and) Another Look at Ignatius
Top 5 Facts about Ignatius’s “Past Story”: St. Ignatius Loyola born in 1491, one of 13 children of a family of minor nobility in northern Spain. Day -dreamed of being a chivalrous soldier/a knight, and doing great deeds Day-dreamed of being praised by everyone and winning the heart of a “damsel in distress”. Vices: Gambling, Vanity, Short-Temper, Fighting, Pride, Arrogance, Ladies Man Helped lead Spain in a major battle against the French
Art Representing Ignatius’s Conversion At Manresa His relationship with Christ:
Top 5 Facts about Ignatius’s “Conversion Story”: Gravely wounded in battle with the French. Cannonball hit him in the leg. Worried about what his leg would look like now in his tights! While healing, Ignatius experienced a conversion. Reading the lives of Jesus and the Saints made Ignatius happy and desired to do great things. Discernment: Consolation vs. Desolation Manresa (lived in a cave and learned to pray and give himself fully to God) Went back to school to the University of Paris. Became a priest and started the Jesuit with his friends.
What is Ignatian Worldview? • World-affirming • Inclusive • Focuses on both faith and reason • Points to God’s love as more powerful than human weakness and evil • Emphasis on freedom • Centered on prayer • Adopts the mind and heart of Christ • Desires to show compassion, concern for others, and to work for justice • Centered around values that are anchored in the Mind, Heart, and Hand.
What is Ignatian Spirituality? Video: Introduction to Ignatian Spirituality • Examples of IgnatianSpirituality (aka: “The Ignatian Way of Proceeding”): • The First Principle and Foundation • The Spiritual Exercises • The Daily Examen • Retreats • Discernment of Spirits (Consolation and Desolation) • Finding God in All Things