The Autobiography of St. Ignatius

St. Ignatius Loyola (1491 - 1556)

This account of the life of St. Ignatius, dictated by himself to Father Gonzalez, is a most valuable record of the great Founder of the Society of Jesus. It, more than any other work, gives an insight into the spiritual life of St. Ignatius. Few works in ascetical literature, except the writings of St. Teresa and St. Augustine, impart such a knowledge of the soul.The saint in his narrative always refers to himself in the third person, and this mode of speech has here been retained. Many persons who have neither the time, nor, perhaps, the inclination, to read larger works, will read, we trust, with pleasure and profit this autobiography. Ignatius, as he lay wounded in his brother's house, read the lives of the saints to while away the time. Touched by grace, he cried, "What St. Francis and St. Dominic have done, that, by God's grace, I will do." May this little book, in like manner, inspire its readers with the desire of imitating St. Ignatius. This autobiography is a valuable key for the understanding of his Spiritual Exercises. It was kept in the archives for about 150 years (Summary from the preface)

Genre(s): *Non-fiction, Biography & Autobiography, Christianity - Biographies

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 0 - Preface of the Writer Phil Chenevert
Play 01 1- Chapter I - His Military Life; He is Wounded; His Cure;Spiritual Reading—The Apparition—The Gift of Chastity—His Longing for the Journey to Jerusalem and for a Holier Life Phil Chenevert
Play 02 2 - Chapter II - Ignatius Leaves His Native Land; What he did at Montserrat and Manresa Phil Chenevert
Play 03 3 - Chapter III Scruples—Heavenly Favors—Journey to Barcelona Phil Chenevert
Play 04 4 - Chapter IV His Journey to Rome, Venice, Jerusalem, and the Holy Land Phil Chenevert
Play 05 5 - Chapter V He is apprehended as a Spy—He is despised as a Fool—His Studies at Barcelona and Alcala Phil Chenevert
Play 06 6 - Chapter VI The Prisons at Alcala and Salamanca Phil Chenevert
Play 07 7 - Chapter VII His Studies in Paris, and Other Incidents of his Life Phil Chenevert
Play 08 8 - Chapter VIII His Journey into Spain and Italy—The Famous Apparition and his Life in the Same Place Phil Chenevert
Play 09 9 - Appendix: St. Ignatius and his Work for Education Phil Chenevert