Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Autobiography: Ignatius’ desire to help souls

[26] [In Manresa] he spent a portion of his time in assisting souls who came to him for advice.

[50] When Ignatius understood that God did not wish him to remain at Jerusalem, … the plan he approved and adopted was to enter upon a course of study in order to be better fitted to save souls.

[63] When Ignatius heard the judgment passed upon himself and his companions [in Alcala], he was at a loss what to do, for he saw very little chance of advancing the salvation of souls.

[70] Although Ignatius was unwilling to accept the sentence, because … he was … prevented from assisting his neighbor, he declared that he would submit as long as he remained in Salamanca… [But he] considered it a waste of time to remain at Salamanca, as the restriction laid upon him prevented him from assisting those for whose salvation he wished to labor.

[71] His next step was to find some Order where the primitive fervor had not relaxed, as he felt that there he would be more sure of satisfying his desire of suffering and assisting others spiritually by bearing, for the love of God, any injury or insult to which he might be subjected.

[85] By this time all [the first companions] had determined on their future conduct, namely, to go first to Venice, and then to Jerusalem, where they would pass their whole life in helping souls.

[98] After his return to Rome, he labored for the help of souls.