Spiritual Writings of Pierre Favre - Hardcover

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Pierre Favre
Edmond C. Murphy, S.J. Martin E. Palmer, S.J.
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437 pages

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Pierre Favre was the first companion of Ignatius of Loyola, and Ignatius considered him the best director of the Spiritual Exercises. Spiritual Writings assembles English translations of Favre’s most enduring works, including his spiritual diary (known as the Memoriale), an early example of the Jesuit practice of writing down every day “whatever happened in his soul” and conducting a dialogue with God as a means of discernment. Also included are 27 letters and instructions written between 1540 (when he began his first apostolic mission) and 1546 (a week before his death), sent to such recipients as Ignatius in Rome, young Jesuit scholastics in Paris, and King John III of Portugal. This volume also features a 56–page biography of Favre, providing historical context to his life and teachings. This is the first English–language edition of Favre’s works, which were originally published in the Monumenta Historica Societatis Iesu.


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    A wonderful insight into the heart and mind of St. Pierre Favre

    Posted by Cesar Chavira on Feb 8th 2022

    This journal of St. Pierre Favre provides profound insights into the heart and mind of one of the founders of the Society of Jesus. It is rich with examples of how to humble oneself in the service of God and in the service of our fellow humans. St. Pierre, through his journal, invites us to share in his sorrows but also in his many joys as he does what his superiors instruct him, all for the Greater Glory of God, Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam. This book is a treasure in that we can see in St. Pierre's actions a very concrete, tangible example of how to "love one another as I have loved you." Thank God for the Society of Jesus and thank God for St. Pierre Favre.