Faith Life

Biography of Saint Ignatius

Our Ignatian History Started with a Cannonball Moment...

Saint Ignatius of Loyola was born at his family's ancestral castle in Guipúzcoa, Spain. In his young years, Íñigo, as he was called, was known as a fancy dresser and an expert dancer.  He was also drawn to the military. His skill in diplomacy and his leadership qualities helped him make a name for himself. But during the Battle of Pamplona in 1521, Ignatius of Loyola was horribly injured when a cannonball shattered one of his legs. That CANNONBALL MOMENT, a moment that changed him for the better, was the beginning of his spiritual journey.  While he recovered, he read a book about the lives of Jesus and the saints. It compelled him to devote himself to a spiritual life. He entered a period of deep reflection, or discernment, during which he gave his time and thoughts to the following of Christ.

Timeline After Covalescence

What are the Spiritual Excercises?

The work is a manual for meditation on the meaning of life and on the development of a way of life. The meditations are divided into four periods or weeks:

List of 4 items.

  • The reformation of a person affected by sin

  • The conformation of the reformed person to the model of Christ

  • The strengthening of the person so conformed through appreciation of the passion and death of Christ

  • The transformation of the whole person in identification with the risen and triumphant Savior

How Ignatius of Loyola Became a Saint: Pope Gregory XV canonized Ignatius of Loyola in 1622. He is venerated as the patron of retreats. His feast day is July 31, the day he died. 

Fact that Resonates Daily

The overarching Jesuit principle became Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam. The translation of the Latin phrase is "for the greater glory of God." The Latin acronym is A.M.D.G., which you see all around the Saint Ignatius College Prep campus.

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