Ignatius of Loyola: Legend and Reality
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Ignatius of Loyola: Legend and Reality

Pierre Emonet, S.J.

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Place Published: Philadelphia
Publisher: Saint Joseph's University Press
Date Published: 2016
Binding: Cloth with Dust Jacket
Condition: New
ISBN: 978-1-945402-00-5
Book Id: 83


By Pierre Emonet, S.J., translated by Jerry Ryan and edited by Thomas M. McCoog, S.J.

153 pp. / index / 6 x 9 in. / 15 color images


The original French edition of Ignatius of Loyola: Legend and Reality, by Pierre Emonet, S.J., was published in 2013 by Éditions Lessius in Belgium. It has since been translated into Spanish and German. Here is offered an English translation by Jerry Ryan, a freelance writer and translator of Antoine Arjakovsky, The Way: Religious Thinkers of the Russian Emigration in Paris and Their Journal, 1925-1940 (University of Notre Dame Press, 2013) and Hyacinthe Destivelle O.P., The Moscow Council (1917-1918): The Creation of the Conciliar Institutions of the Russian Orthodox Church (University of Notre Dame Press, 2015). Given all the biographies of Ignatius Loyola already in print, why another one? Unlike many biographies, this is succinct without being superficial. Here one encounters Ignatius, the man and the legend, in almost Hemingwayesque simplicity. Here one sees the traits and characteristics that have attracted, annoyed, alarmed and amused generations.


Table of Contents

Preface to the English Translation


A Basque Gentleman

The Great Reversal

The Pilgrim

The Hard School of Manresa

The Spiritual Exercises

Mystical Graces

The Pilgrim on the Psychiatrist's Couch

Jerusalem, the Shattered Ideal

Tardy and Disrupted Studies

Friends United by a Same Ideal

The Therapy of Native Air

Venice and the Priesthood

Rome Rather than Jerusalem

An Order Too Innovative

The Superior in Spite of Himself

Friendship Put to the Test

Women in the Life of Ignatius

The Reformer

A Very Ordinary Death




Pierre Emonet, S.J., twice provincial superior of the Swiss Jesuits, served for twelve years as editor-in-chief of the Swiss Jesuit French language cultural monthly, Choisir; currently he is the director. Presently he is also completing a biography of St. Pierre Favre, S.J.



"Emonet deftly etches Loyola's confoundingly complex character while capturing the marrow of Ignatius' transformation from worldly minded glory-seeker to ascetic discoverer of an innovative spirituality and founder of arguably the most influential religious order within Christianity."

Robert Emmett Curran (Georgetown University), America

"Pierre Emonet presents with objectivity both the good and the bad aspects of a human being clearly chosen by God. . . . The nineteen short chapters avoid verbosity and the translation has profited from the editor's work adapting them to an English-speaking readership. Here one finds clarity, depth and honesty. . . . [O]ne can only welcome with gratitude this excellent addition to the biographies of Ignatius."

Joseph A. Munitiz, S.J. (Campion Hall, Oxford University), The Way

"Saint Joseph's University Press offers an English translation of this seminal work. . . . Enhanced with fifteen full color images, Ignatius of Loyola: Legend and Reality is unreservedly recommended for personal, community, seminary, and academic library collections in general and Ignatius of Loyola supplemental studies reading lists in particular."

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