Ignatius of Loyola and six of his companions founded the Society of Jesus in 1540. It was in that year that this group received formal approval from the pope, then Pope Paul III. At the age of 30, Inigo Lopez de Loyola, a Spanish nobleman, had his leg shattered by a cannon ball at the Battle of Pamplona 1521. During his convalescence in the castle of Loyola, Inigo was initially disappointed to find that there were only two books in the house: The Life of Christ and The Lives of the Saints. He read these books to pass the time, but gradually his mind was turned towards the things of God and away from his romantic fantasies.
Ignatius began to notice that he felt more at peace when he entertained ambitions of doing great things for God than when he thought about his romantic conquests. After he had recovered, he began to pray, fast and do penance. He also sought to find what God was asking of him. After many adventures, he decided to become a priest and took up studies in Paris where the new “company” was born. St. Ignatius and his Read More