January 18, 2009

St. Ignatius’ Letters

Reposted from Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

St. Ignatius of Loyola

St. Ignatius of Loyola

I’ve always liked St.Ignatius. I remember reading a book about him as a Grade 3 school-kid in Ateneo de Manila and being puzzled at how a man whose leg got shot through with a cannonball could so completely change his life from one of worldly soldiering to one of Christly teaching via a few months of recuperating with nothing else to read but a book on the saints and the Bible. I’ve always admired him for all that he bravely accomplished in his life but never really knew what he was like as a person, until now that is.

This website hosts a collection of Ignatius’ instructional letters to his fellow Jesuits, and in these letters reveals himself in his entirety: as imperfect man, as worthwhile leader, as spiritual guide, as Soldier Of Christ. Wonderful reading.

Much of Saint Ignatius Loyola’s spiritual teaching is found in his letters, and these have always been regarded by Jesuits as an important source of their spirituality. Among Ignatius’ many letters, those written to his fellow Jesuits have always had a special place, for in these the Jesuit of today not only finds Ignatius’ teaching on the spiritual life, but he also meets Ignatius the man, expressing his affection for, and interest in, those to whom he wrote. None of Ignatius’ other writings so ably exhibits the love he bore in his heart for those who chose to walk with him along the path toward Christ than do these letters.

LINK to Ignatius’ Letters.

No comments:

Post a Comment