Saint Ignatius of Loyola
About Saint Ignatius of Loyola
Saint Ignatius was born in the year 1491 in the country of Spain.
St. Ignatius grew up in a wealthy, prosperous family in Spain at the
time. His mother and father were well known in most parts of the
county, and that led to Ignatius becoming a knight. His work as a
knight, the soldiers of their time, made him their patron saint.
was out battling and had some terrible luck. His leg was mangled quite
badly during a skirmish between his forces and some enemies. This
unlucky turn of events left Ignatius with no choice but to withdraw
from his position as a knight. Without his legs working properly he
would be of no use to them. Ignatius started a phase of his life during
his recovery from this injury, where he would come to realize what his
true destiny was.
Ignatius needed something to occupy
himself with while he was hurt and trying to get better. Reading seemed
like a great idea, and he began to become very well read on different
subjects. Ignatius' life was changed after he finished reading the De
Vita Christi. He knew from the second he was done reading that book
that he must devote the rest of his life to God and join a religious
order. Saint Francis became a hero of Ignatius' and he would try to
become more like him as the years went on.
Ignatius was cleared to leave the local hospital that he had been
staying in, he wandered out into a nearby wooded area and began his
life as a recluse. Ignatius saw Mary and Jesus in visionary forms out
in the woods.
The Society of Jesus was created
by Saint Ignatius. It started off with no members other then Ignatius
himself, and grew to have a plethora of faithful participants. Before
his passing, Ignatius would get to see his society grow to one thousand
strong which was quite an amazing feat. In 1556 Saint Ignatius passed
away, and in 1622 he was made a saint when Pope Gregory canonized him.
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