A Brief Biography of Saint Ignatious of Loyola

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Saint Ignatius of Loyola was born in the year 1491. The exact month and day of his birth is not known. He was one of thirteen children. He was born into a very noble family. He was a gambling addict by the age of sixteen. When he was just seventeen years old, he became a soldier in the Spanish Army. In 1521 during a battle with the French, a cannonball broke on of his legs, and severely injured the other. The broken leg had to be broken again in order to fully repair it, and there was a bone in the other leg that was sticking out, making it shorter than the other. He ordered the doctors to remove the bone to make his legs the same length. This was all done without any anesthesia to numb the pain. The wounds from the cannonball impaired his ability to walk for the rest of his life. While he was recovering from the wounds, he would think of the women of his dreams and of being famous. To avoid boredom, he read a book titled The Life of Christ. This would be the start of Saint Ignatius’ conversion. This book by Ludolph of Saxony asks the reader to imagine that they are witnessing the stories in the Gospels. This would be the main influence for the approach that Saint Ignatius uses in his Spiritual Exercises. He realized that after he was done thinking of his dream woman and of being famous that he felt empty, but after thinking of the Jesus and the saints, he felt fulfilled. When his wounds fully healed, he embarked on a journey to Jerusalem in 1522, but his first destination

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