St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556) was the youngest of thirteen children. After being raised as a member of the local aristocracy, he joined the Spanish military at the age of 18. In 1521 while defending Pamplona from the French army he was struck by a cannonball in the legs. During his lengthy recovery he began to read stories of saints which motivated him to become more devout. St. Ignatius is responsible for forming his own order, the Society of Jesus (also known as the Jesuits) that sent missionaries all over the world; developing a series of spiritual exercises that are popular in retreats of Catholic and Protestant alike; and for developing a method of discerning the movement of spirits within one’s soul.
He is the patron saint of the Society of Jesus; soldiers; educators and education; the Archdiocese of Baltimore, United States; the Diocese of San Sebastián; Loyola University, Maryland, United States; Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines; Junín, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Antwerp & Bruges, Belgium; Bilbao, Biscay and Gipuzkoa, Spain; Sulat of Eastern Samar, Philippines; and Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
This prayer journal contains 82 pages of content: a biography; an overview of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius; St. Ignatius’ discernment of spirits; several meditations, instructions, and letters written by St. Ignatius; and novenas, prayers, and a litany in honor of St. Ignatius. It also contains 76 lined journal pages that can be used as a journal, to record prayer intentions, or as a notebook. It is the perfect companion for Eucharistic holy hours, Ignatian retreats, anyone working their way through the Exercises of St. Ignatius, or anyone who wants to develop a deeper devotion to this influential saint.