St. Ignatius Of Loyola Essay

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St. Ignatius of Loyola was born in the family castle in northern Spain on October 23rd 1491. He was the last child of 13 of a wealthy noble family. During his childhood, his stepmother raised him as mother died early and his father had a job as a blacksmith.

St. Ignatius of Loyola had a love for war exercises which made him join the army at the age of seventeen as to fight the French. While in the army he went into many battles without once getting injured. His experience in battles made him very useful to the Duke until ‘The Battle of Pamplona’ in 1521. While he stormed Pamplona's fortress, he was seriously wounded by a cannonball which broke one his legs and badly wounded the other, ending his military career. During his time recovering
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Ignatius of Loyola was a man of courage, he had to face many challenges throughout his life. One of these challenges was being raised without a mother and being the youngest of thirteen, making him always last in line. One of his biggest challenges was when he was wounded in the Battle of Pamplona and then went through a number of bad surgical operations, resulting in his doctor telling him to get ready to die.

He had to study Latin at the age of 33 as he was unfamiliar with the language, leading him to enrol in a school in Barcelona so he could understand what the people were saying in the church. At age 43 he received his degree while studying in Paris. The church during this time was undergoing the Protestant Reformation started by Martin Luther.

St. Ignatius of Loyola is well known for gathering together a small group of people from the University of Paris, and turning them into the first Jesuits. He is also recognized as a writer of the book Spiritual Exercises. The church appointed him as a priest and he fought the Protestant Reformation and pushed for the Counter-Reformation. After his death in 1556 aged 65, St. Ignatius of Loyola was compared to Martin Luther, and the Jesuits themselves were the main reason for this portrayal. St. Ignatius of Loyola was canonized March 12,

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