This volume includes Ignatius’ (1491-1556) complete Autobiography, complete Spiritual Exercises, selections from the Constitution of the Society of Jesus and some of Ignatius’ nearly 7,000 letters.
Ignatius of Loyola: Spiritual Exercises and Selected Works – edited by George E. Ganss, S.J.with the collaboration of Parmananda R. Divarkar, S.J., Edward J. Malatesta, S.J., and Martin E. Palmer, S.J. – preface by John W. Padberg, S.J.
“I close by asking God through his infinite goodness to give us the perfect grace to know his most holy will and fulfill it completely.May it please the Sovereign Goodness that everything be ordered to his holy service and continual praise.” Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556)
September 27, 1990 marks the 450th anniversary of the foundation of the Society of Jesus in 1540, and the year 1991 brings the 500th anniversary of the birth of its founder, St. Ignatius of Loyola. In these circumstances the present volume willcontribute to the study of Ignatius’ charism and of the ministries he initiated-in Christian education, foreign missions, and other fields. It presents his four major writings: the Autobiography and Spiritual Exercises in their entirety, and his Spiritual Diary andConstitutions of the Society of Jesus in selections so chosen as to give an overview of each work. It also offers ten samples of his almost 7,000 letters. Ample explanations are given in the introductions and commentaries by way of notes.The General Introduction is an intellectual and spiritual biography that sketches the fascinating steps by which, largely through mystical favors from God, Ignatius reached his inspiring worldview, with everything in it ordered to the greater glory of God. In his Exercises we find a synthesis of his chief spiritual principles, and in his Constitutions an example of his organizational ability. The Autobiography tells of his mystical illuminations and gifts, and the Spiritual Diary lets us peer deeply into his heart in his most intimate dealings with God. Hiswriting reveals many facets of the warm personality of this influential saint.