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Selected Writings of St. Ignatius of Loyola
St. Ignatius Writes to His Brethren: Fifty Selected Letters and Instructions of St. Ignatius Loyola
with commentary by Joseph N. Tylenda, S.J.
|INTRODUCTION||Introduction by Joseph N. Tylenda, S.J.|
|LETTERS OF ST. IGNATIUS|
|1||To Fathers Broët and Salmerón||On Dealing with Others|
|2||To Father Simão Rodrigues||On Being a Reconciler|
|3||To Father Giovanni Battista Viola||On Obedience|
|4||To Father Pierre Favre||Care in Writing Letters|
|5||To the Scholastics at Alcalá||On Maturing Spiritually|
|6||To Father Nicolás Bobadilla||A Fraternal Correction|
|7||To Father Claude Jay||A Secret Mission of Charity|
|8||To the Fathers Attending Council of Trent||On Dealing with Others|
|9||To the Fathers and Brothers Studying at Coimbra||On Perfection|
|10||To the Fathers and Brothers at Padua||On Feeling the Effects of Poverty|
|11||To Francisco de Borja, Duke of Gandía||On Prayer and Penance|
|12||To the Fathers Departing for Germany||Practical Norms|
|13||To the Jesuits in Roman Houses||On Prompt and Blind Obedience|
|14||To the Members of the Society Gathered in Rome||Ignatius Submits His Resignation|
|15||To Father Antonio Brandão||On Aspects of the Spiritual Life|
|16||To Father Antonio Araoz||On Caring for One's Health|
|17||To Father Jean Pelletier||On Ministering to the Neighbor|
|18||To Father Claude Jay||On the Study of Theology|
|19||To Father Manuel Godinho||On Necessary Temporal Occupations|
|20||To Father Francisco de Borja||On Declining Ecclesiastical Dignities|
|21||To Those Sent to Minister to Others||Principles for Ministry|
|22||To Father Diego Miró||On Dismissing the Disobedient|
|23||To the Members of the Society in Europe||On Patience in Practicing Poverty|
|24||To Father Diego Miró||On Being Confessors to Kings|
|25||To the Members of the Society in Portugal||On Perfect Obedience|
|26||To the Whole Society||Prayers for Germany and England|
|27||To Hannibal de Coudret||On Prudence in Reading|
|28||To Father Nicholas Goudanus||On the Gift of Tears|
|29||To Father Philip Leernus||A Letter of Encouragement|
|30||To Teutonio da Bragança||On Sickness as an Exercise of Virtue|
|31||To Father Jerónimo Doménech||On Preferring the Universal Good of the Society over that of a Particular Province|
|32||To Father Gaspar Berze||On Moderation in Penance|
|33||To Francesco de Attino||On Preserving One's Health for God's Service|
|34||To Father Peter Canisius||On the Society's Duty to Oppose Heresy|
|35||To the Whole Society||On Dealing with Superiors|
|36||To Father Giovanni Francesco Araldo||On Humble Obedience to Superiors' Decisions|
|37||To Bartolomeo Romano||On the Need for Interior Change|
|38||To Father Ponce Cogordan||Norms for Reforming Convents of Nuns|
|39||To Father Robert Claysson||On Avoiding an Overly Ornate Style|
|40||To Father Alberto Ferrarese||On Hearing Women's Confessions|
|41||To All Superiors of the Society||On Speaking the Language of the Country|
|42||To Father Antonio Soldevila||On Humble Amendment|
|43||To Father Adrian Adriaenssens||On Frugality in Meals|
|44||To Father Lorenzo da Modena||On Universal Charity|
|45||To Brother Giovanni Battista||On the Desire to Study|
|46||To Emerio de Bonis||On Preserving Chastity|
|47||To Father Juan Marín||On Scruples|
|48||To Father Alfonso Román||On the Spiritual Value of Contradictions|
|49||To Father Fulvio Androzzi||On the Exercises as an Efficacious Means of Helping Souls|
|50||To Stefano Casanova||On Moderation in Mortification|
One Hundred Prayerful Thoughts from St. Ignatius of Loyola
Compiled from his letters and instructions, the Constitutions of the Society of Jesus, and the Spiritual Exercises. Edited by Joseph N. Tylenda, S.J.
Introduction to the Selected Letters of St. Ignatius of Loyola
by Joseph N. Tylenda, S.J.
Much of Saint Ignatius Loyola's spiritual teaching is found in his letters, and these have always been regarded by Jesuits as an important source of their spirituality. Among Ignatius' many letters, those written to his fellow Jesuits have always had a special place, for in these the Jesuit of today not only finds Ignatius' teaching on the spiritual life, but he also meets Ignatius the man, expressing his affection for and interest in those to whom he wrote. None of Ignatius' other writings so ably exhibits the love he bore in his heart for those who chose to walk with him along the path toward Christ than do these letters.
This present collection contains fifty letters and instructions written to Jesuits. The reader will find included the ever-famous letters on perfection, obedience, and experiencing the effects of poverty. In fact, these are more than letters, they are short treatises on these very subjects. Also included are Ignatius' instructions on how to deal with others, written when the early Jesuits were leaving Rome as papal legates for Ireland, or as papal theologians to attend the Council of Trent, or when they were on their way to establish the Society in Germany. There are also personal letters encouraging his correspondents, exhorting them to care for their health and moderate their penances, or to view their illness as a gift from God. There are likewise letters of reproof, and though Ignatius writes as Father General, he at the same time writes as a father to a son. While correcting his child, he intimates that this correction flows from paternal love.
These fifty letters are not newly translated, but are a selection and a revision of the letters translated by William J. Young, S.J., and published as Letters of St. Ignatius of Loyola (Chicago: Loyola University Press, 1959). The revision was made with constant reference to the twelve volumes of Ignatius' letters in the Monumenta Ignatiana series of the Monumenta Historica Societatis Iesu (MHSI) (Madrid, 1903-1911). The introductions and notes were written especially for this edition, and in large measure depend on the introductions that precede Ignatius' letters in the fourth revised edition of Obras Completas de San Ignacio de Loyola (Madrid: Biblioteca de Autores Cristianos, 1982), edited by Ignacio Iparraguirre, S.I., and Candido de Dalmases, S.I.
In this present edition each letter is preceded by a short introduction, identifying the letter's recipient and indicating or explaining the occasion for the letter. The letters are given in chronological order and cover the years from September 1541 to July 20, 1566, eleven days before Ignatius' death. Toward the end of each introduction, reference is made to where the letter may be found in the volumes of the Monumenta Ignatiana.