The Life of St. Ignatius of Loyola

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Religion and Theology
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St. Ignatius of Loyola, a native Spaniard from Azpeitia, Basque, Guipuzcoa, was born in 1491 as Inigo de Loyola. A typical young man, he learned to be found of women when he started serving the treasurer of Castile kingdom Juan Velasquez at the age of sixteen.


According to O'Neal, a priest who wrote the life of St. Ignatius, "Eventually he found himself at the age of 30 in May of 1521 as an officer defending the fortress of the town of Pamplona against the French, who claimed the territory as their own against Spain" (O'Neal). In addition, O'Neal described how this battle had caused an injury almost fatal as told by the doctors. Ignatius's injury was not healed in spite of his medication. It was a turning point in his life when while recovering from his injury, he spent his time reading religious material that included the life of Christ and a book about the saints. However, had there been romance novels he would have chosen to pass his time reading those of his earthly interests rather than the religious materials. But because of this, he got glued on reading the religious materials. His conversion was slowly taking place.
"He noticed, however, that after reading and thinking of the saints and Christ he was at peace and satisfied. Yet when he finished his long daydreams of his noble lady, he would feel restless and unsatisfied. Not only was this experience the beginning of his conversion, it was also the beginning of spiritual discernment, or discernment of spirits, which is associated with Ignatius and described in his Spiritual Exercises" (O'Neal).
Upon Ignatius's recovery, as stated by O'Neal, "The Exercises recognize that not only the intellect but als ...
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