Posted by: New in Every Way | June 1, 2012

Who Am I?

I was a Spanish knight from a Basque noble family.  In 1521, I was seriously wounded at the Battle of Pamplona. While recovering, I read books on the life of Christ and the saints—the only books available at the hospital. I discovered that when I read and imagined the lives of Christ and the saints, I felt great peace, joy, and love for God. When I fantasized about women, riches, and honors, I felt uncertain, fearful, and distant from God.

Within two years, I had written Spiritual Exercises, a four-week program to lead people into a rich life of prayer. It involved reading gospel stories then imagining them with their five senses. This caused many people to encounter Jesus in such a powerful way that others noticed how passionate they were about Christ.

I decided to leave the military life and devote my life to serving God. In 1539, I founded a religious order known as Society of Jesus (Jesuits).

One of my main contributions to the cause of Christ is the reminder that spirituality is not a matter of removing our desires and human personality. Our bodies and imaginations are of great benefit in following Christ.

WHO AM I?

Check in next Thursday for the answer!

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