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Ignatius of Loyola - Soldier, Sinner, Saint

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Ignatius of Loyola

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This powerful new feature film is a modern look at the story of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, often called ‘The Saint of Second Chances.’ As a brash, hot-headed soldier in a time of political upheaval in Spain in the 1500’s, the young Ignatius went from living a life of brutal violence and debauchery, to becoming one of the greatest saints in the history of the Church. This film chronicles his torturous struggle to turn from darkness to light—a struggle that nearly destroyed him, but also gave him the key to a spiritual weapon that continues to save lives to this very day. Produced by Jesuit Communications Philippines (JesCom), this movie was shot on location in Spain. It is an incisive and thrilling look at the life of the real man behind the legend. In his lifelong quest to become the heroic Knight of his fantasies, Ignatius stares death in the face again and again, having his leg shattered by a cannonball in battle; driven to near suicide by his inner demons; finding himself imprisoned, accused of being an illuminati; and finally finding his life in the hands of the Inquisition. Through it all, he would come to see the hand of God working in his life, shaping the self-obsessed sinner into the loyal and passionate soldier-saint. The film also shows how Ignacio wove the trials, errors, and lessons of his eventful life into the fabric of his masterpiece, the “Spiritual Exercises”. Combining clarity of thought with Ignacio’s own love of fantasy and imagination, the Exercises form a rigorous method of making one’s life decisions, and have guided and influenced countless seekers throughout history. DVD includes many special “extras”. 

  • Widescreen
  • English and Spanish Subtitles
  • Region 1 Only

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"This account of Ignatius’ early life is both gripping and moving, not to be missed."
– James V. Schall, S. J., Professor Emeritus, Georgetown University

"An absolutely stunning portrayal of one of the greatest saints of all time! This fi lm will inspire many to turn away from the illusory things of this world and seek to become knights of heaven and saints!"
– Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, Author, Champions of the Rosary

"The movie is a masterpiece. It uses the power of modern fi lm making to show the interior greatness of a man whose mission in life was truly to conquer death itself."
– Mother Dolores Hart, O.S.B., Author, The Ear of the Heart: An Actress' Journey from Hollywood to Holy Vows

"A great inspirational movie for everyone, but especially the men who are saints in the rough just waiting to erupt like Ignatius of Loyola."
– Steve Ray, Host, The Footprints of God fi lm series

"This unusually powerful fi lm is an instrument of grace. The acting is outstanding, and the sense of moral and spiritual struggle is completely convincing. The awe-inspiring cinematography combines with all the other elements to create a work that is profoundly moving and beautiful in every way. It will become a classic."
– Michael D. O'Brien, Author, FATHER ELIJAH: An Apocalypse


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9781621641933
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St. Ignatius Loyola

St. Ignatius Loyola Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 07/31
Tridentine Calendar - 07/31


Patron Of: Jesuits, Retreats

Profile
    Spanish nobility. Youngest of twelve children. Page in the Spanish court of Ferdinand and Isabella. Military education. Soldier, entering the army in 1517, and serving in several campaigns. Wounded in the leg by a cannonball at the siege of Pampeluna on 20 May 1521, an injury that left him partially crippled for life. During his recuperation the only books he had access to were The Golden Legend, a collection of lives of the saints, and the Life of Christ by Ludolph the Carthusian. These books, and the time spent in contemplation, changed him.

    On his recovery he took a vow of chastity, hung his sword before the altar of the Virgin of Montserrat, and donned a pilgrim's robes. Lived in a cave from 1522 to 1523, contemplating the way to live a Christian life. Pilgrim to Rome and the Holy Land in 1523, where he worked to convert Muslims. In 1528 he began studying theology in Barcelona, Alcala, and Paris, receiving his degree on 14 March 1534. His meditations, prayers, visions and insights led to forming the Constitutions of the Society of Jesus on 15 August 1534; it received papal approval in 1541. Friend of James Lainez, Alonso Salmerón, Nicholas Bobadilla, Simón Rodriguez, Blessed Peter Faber, and Saint Francis Xavier, the group that formed the core of the new Society. He never used the term Jesuit, which was coined as an insult by his opponents; the Society today uses the term with pride. He traveled Europe and the Holy Lands, then settled in Rome to direct the Jesuits. His health suffered in later years, and he was nearly blind at death.

    The Jesuits today have over 500 universities and colleges, 30,000 members, and teach over 200,000 students each year.

Born
    1491 at Loyola, Guipuzcoa, Spain as Inigo Lopez de Loyola

Died
    of fever on 31 July 1556 at Rome, Italy

Beatified
    27 July 1609 by Pope Paul V

Canonized
    12 March 1622 by Pope Gregory XV


All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

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