A Pilgrim's Testament : The Memoirs of Saint Ignatius of Loyola - New Edition

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Barton T. Geger, S.J.
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Early Jesuits urged Saint Ignatius of Loyola (1491–1556), founder of the Society of Jesus, to share the story of how God had worked in his soul. His memoirs, they hoped, would inspire and guide Jesuits and other readers for years to come. Barton Geger, S.J., provides a new introduction and original annotations for this edition of A Pilgrim’s Testament.  Geger includes fascinating notes that accompany this important text, making the autobiography of Ignatius of Loyola more accessible to all. 

St. Ignatius of Loyola (c.1491–1556) was a Spanish nobleman who had a spiritual conversion when he was thirty years old. Ignatius did two things for which he is famous. First, he wrote a little book called The Spiritual Exercises, which is a manual of sorts to guide people through a thirty-day silent retreat.  The second thing that Ignatius did, after he became a Catholic priest, was to create a fraternity of priests and lay brothers called the Society of Jesus, or the Jesuits for short.

Readers will find Ignatius struggling with many of the same questions and tensions that Christians face every day: Why should I belong to the church, if I can follow God in my own way? What should I do with my life? How do I fight this temptation? How do I know when God is trying to tell me something? Is it ever acceptable to say “no” to good people who ask for my help?


Editorial Reviews

"The very best English translation of the Autobiography with a superb introduction, helpful footnotes and appendices, this new edition is bound to become the English-language standard."

     - James Martin, S.J., author of The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything


"Geger opens up the thought-world familiar to Ignatius. This is an invaluable help to understanding this unique text."

     - Joseph A. Munitiz , S.J., Journal of Jesuit Studies

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  • 5
    Memoirs of Saint Ignatius of Loyola

    Posted by Okamoto on Nov 22nd 2022

    This book reads like a Gregorian chant. There are multiple voices mixed together: the one of Saint Ignatius who dictated the pilgrim’s testament, the supporting voice of no other than Luís Gonçalves da Câmara who listened to the saint and wrote his words down, and the modern voice of the translator of the first edition Parmananda R. Divarkar, S.J., and the editor Barton T. Geger, S.J.. Through multiple voices, the voice of Saint Ignatius of Loyola comes out for the first time. The silent and subdued voice of the editor Father Geger is setting the new base to support all others This book is a collaborative work of the members of the Society of Jesus, who are joining the Renaissance saint to revive him across four hundred fifty years of time. With a new modernized bibliography, the book suggests a further reading for those who hope to explore more.

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    A Pilgrim's Testament

    Posted by James M Deshotels on Aug 23rd 2021

    excellent scholarly apparatus & background helps one understand the Autobiography much better -- even one who has read & reread it many times

  • 5
    Pilgrim's Journey

    Posted by greg richard on Oct 22nd 2020

    Wonderful book. Fr. Geger's notes are insightful.

  • 5
    A Pilgrim's Testament

    Posted by Sr Mary Edith Olaguer on Aug 27th 2020

    This new edition is extremely readable and the nuances given in translation changes are quite enlightening. And strangely, adds to one's love for St Ignatius. The print however is a bit uncomfortable because of its size and while I understand that the size of the book is good for pocket reading, still, I wish it were a bit bigger. The contents however are a treasure for the heart and the mind. Thank you so much!

  • 5
    Memoirs of St. Ignatius Loyola,

    Posted by JOSEPH PARKES on Aug 26th 2020

    Excellent rendering of a key Jesuit document. The end notes are superb. Thank you, congratulations.

  • 5
    A Pilgrim's Testament edited by Barton Geger,SJ

    Posted by Dr Eileen Quinn Knight on Aug 25th 2020

    The detail in the book leads to contemplation. On page 48......"the pilgrim had the habit, whenever he ate with anyone, never to speak at table, except to answr briefly. Instead, he LISTENED to what people were saying, and noted some things that he could use as opportunities to speak about God. When the meal was finished, he did so." p.48

  • 5
    Memoirs of St. Ignatius

    Posted by Loretta Pehanich on Aug 24th 2020

    The introduction is a very readable summary and explanation. The autobiography's modern translation is a much easier read than the original. Definitely worth reading again in this format.