St Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus was born in Spain in 1491 in a noble family. While undergoing treatment for an injury sustained in the battle at Pamplona, he read the Gospel and the Lives of Saints, that changed his life. Later he studied Philosophy and Theology and was ordained a priest in 1537.With a band of a few well-educated friends, he laid the foundation of the Society of Jesus in 1540. The Spiritual Exercises and The Constitutions of the Society of Jesus are two of his legacy to the Jesuits and the world at large. The former helps to reflect on God, Self, and the relevance of the mission of Jesus Christ to the world inviting every one to become woman and man for others; and, the latter contains the rules and regulations for the governance of the Society of Jesus.
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