The motto of St. Ignatius of Loyola and the religious order he founded, the Society of Jesus, is Ad maiorem Dei gloriam (To the greater glory of God). A pithier variant of the adage is Semper maior (Always more, always greater). Both embody Ignatius' spirit: restless, always pushing forward, dissatisfied with the quality of his relationship with the Lord, always believing that the divine love may be repaid by a more expansive fidelity on his part.
Under the power of grace, his desire to become a handsome courtier, a valiant and celebrated soldier, and a royal counsellor morphed into a desire to serve Christ—all the way, holding nothing back. He exerted this influence in two ways: first, through the founding of the Jesuit order, which had already grown to be a powerful force in Europe and beyond during Ignatius' lifetime and now spans the globe; and second, through his masterpiece, the Spiritual Exercises, which has taught people how to commune with God and find true freedom for the past five centuries.
This unique Word on Fire Classics collection takes a broad look at Ignatius of Loyola's life and writings, as well as those inspired by his Jesuit movement. Bishop Robert Barron's introduction leads readers into the ancient Spiritual Exercises. Following that, Dr. Holly Ordway annotates a collection of poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins, and Bert Ghezzi introduces a selection of letters by the great Jesuit missionary St. Francis Xavier. The Ignatian Collection is a fascinating look at a crucial figure who transformed the globe and exalted the Church.
Hardcover. 376 pages.