The Life of Ignatius of Loyola

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Pedro de Ribadeneira
Claude Pavur, S.J.
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483 pages

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The Life of Ignatius of Loyola was written about a decade after the saint’s death by Pedro de Ribadeneira, an early companion who became an important witness of the early decades of the new order. He presents the story of Ignatius and the early Jesuits in a brisk yet sweeping narrative, with sharp insights into Ignatian spirituality and the thinking behind the order’s apostolic activity. Until the publication of this English translation by Claude Pavur, S.J., the complete work was accessible only in Latin or Spanish. Pavur writes in his introduction that Ribadeneira’s Life “has not always been the biography preferred by everyone,” and “brighter” accounts of the saint’s life have received more attention. But Ribadeneira was an “honest disciple who believed that no invention was needed to enhance the spiritual greatness of his subject,” and he adhered to the dictum “God’s glory does not need lies.” This edition includes new annotations along with notes from Cándido de Dalmases’s 1965 critical edition of the Latin and Spanish text, plus appendices with timelines.


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    The Life of Ignatius Loyola

    Posted by Eric Nubla on Mar 15th 2021

    A long overdue English translation. This biography differs from all others because it was put together by someone who actually knew and lived with his subject. It offers insights into his subject and the context within which events happened. Having lived some years in the Society, I share the author’s enthusiasm, he wrote the way he did because he loved St Ignatius. For those who love Father Ignatius like the author and I , this volume is a treasure. Dr Eric S Nubla