Spiritual Writings of Pierre Favre - Paperback

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Pierre Favre
Edmond C. Murphy, S.J. Martin E. Palmer, S.J.
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xii, 437 p. ; 24 cm.
Series III: Original Studies Composed in English, No. 21
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Pierre Favre (Peter Faber) 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.


Introduction / Edmond C. Murphy and John W. Padberg. --
The Memoriale / translated by Edmond C. Murphy. --
Selected letters and instructions / translated by Martin E. Palmer.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 399-406) and indexes.


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    Spiritual Writings of Pierre Favre

    Posted by Fr Daniel Chowning, OCD on Jan 31st 2022

    I highly recommend the spiritual writings of Pierre Favre, one the first companions of St. Ignatius. He became one of the best directors of the spiritual exercices. What is most significant in his memoirs is his discernment process. He is one of Pope Francis' favorites and Pope Francis often speaks of the importance of discernment. We have in Blessed Pierre Favre a model of discernment. We have much to learn from him.

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    Pierre Favre writings

    Posted by Jean Eakins on Aug 25th 2021

    I bought this book on St Peter Fabre’s feast day. I knew little about him and it piqued my interest because St Ignatius said he was the best one in giving the Exercises. I have not finished it yet. I admit I skipped ahead to read what Pierre Favre actually wrote about prayer. I have read it in small pieces and always find something to think on, to bring to prayer and conversation with our God. So far I find it a gift to witness his conversations with God and what he is learning. As there is always more to learn about the Spiritual Exercises, I find this an interesting and fun way to continue my journey. Grateful for this book!

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    Spiritual Writings of Pierre Favre - Paperback SPIRITUAL WRITINGS OF PIERRE FAVRE - PAPERBACK

    Posted by Eugene Duffy on Feb 4th 2021

    the service provided was excellent - a speedy delivery to Ireland. The text was just what I had been looking for recently.

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    Pierre Favre the quiet giant

    Posted by Unknown on Oct 2nd 2017

    This man was so humble, so caring, he was the quiet Giant in the Ignatius of Loyola first leaders. This is a must read for every Christian.