Pierre Favre was one of Ignatius's initial companions and the first of that group to be ordained a priest. Edel McClean introduced this early Jesuit who was admired by all who knew him but plagued by self-doubt.
Why has Pope Francis chosen to adopt the model of leadership that is already beginning to characterise his papacy? James Hanvey SJ identifies three particular aspects of the Franciscan and Ignatian traditions that seem to be informing the new Pope’s vision of mission.
Does giving something up for six weeks have any spiritual value, or is it just a diet dressed up as a religious practice? A restraint of the appetite was an important question even for St Ignatius.
In an article for the Ignatian jubilee year in 1991, Philip Endean SJ compared Ignatius with another 16th century figure in whose tradition millions of Christians continue to practise their faith.
'What Ignatius gives us is not a theory, but a theology that is lived and experienced.' James Hanvey exposes the theological vision manifested in the Spiritual Exercises and in Ignatius's life.
This week, the Anglican Centre in Rome has hosted a course on what might be considered a surprising topic in that setting: the spirituality of St Ignatius. In an interview for Vatican Radio, Philippa Hitchen asked the two men behind this course, Rev David Richardson and Fr Gerry Whelan SJ, about how they were hoping to enrich the spiritual lives of the participants by giving them an introduction to the Spiritual Exercises and the work of the Jesuits.
15 July is the feast of St Bonaventure, Doctor of the Church, who took the data of earlier biographies of St Francis and subjected them to the principles of theology.
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