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The Mysticism Of Saint Ignatius Loyola

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While many mystics are known primarily for their spiritual life and experiences, Ignatius of Loyola's mysticism is often considered secondary to his identity as religious activist and founder of the most famous Catholic religious order. De Guibert sees this work as the most important channel through which medieval currents of piety such as the devotio moderna entered Ignatius's spiritual formation. The many contradictions which appear throughout Loyola's varied career - from soldier to convert / mystic / pilgrim, to administrator - reflect his multifaceted talents, his unique psychology and his perception of his life as mutable and subject to divine intervention. In addition, despite his own belief and assertions that the tremendous changes in his life reflect the will of God rather than his own, it is clear that Ignatius did exercise a great deal of control over his own ideas and actions as well as those of members of the Society of Jesus.

Keywords: De Guibert; Ignatius; Loyola's mysticism; Society of Jesus; spiritual life



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