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Ignatius Loyola: Christian Mystic


Brian O’Leary SJ

‘eminently readable and penetrating… an enjoyable and insightful introduction into the mystical life of Ignatius of Loyola’ The Furrow

‘a passionate account…Brian O’Leary enjoys an international reputation in the world of Ignatian spirituality’  The Tablet

‘a clear and accessible account of how Ignatius’ mysticism was rooted within the context of his life….a detailed and challenging read.’   Intercom

‘…there can be no more authoritative voice on Ignatian spirituality in Ireland today than Brian O’Leary’s.’  Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review

‘Of all the books in this Ignatian year of celebration, this may be one of the most interesting and important contributions of all.’ The Irish Catholic

Not too long ago Ignatius Loyola would not have been regarded as a Christian mystic. Rather, he would have been placed among the ascetics – a soldier-saint, the author of the Spiritual Exercises, the founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), a skilful organizer whose principles of governance are still studied in schools of management.

Today, Ignatius is recognised as a major mystic in the western Christian tradition and his other qualities and achievements are seen in a new light – as flowing from the deep inner fountain that is his mystical relationship with God.

Drawing on his own familiarity with the sources, O’Leary gives a clear and accessible account of what we now know about Ignatius as a mystic, offering a truly transforming reading experience.

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Brian O’Leary SJ has worked in the field of Ignatian spirituality for almost 50 years. He has taught at both the Centre of Ignatian Spirituality in Dublin and the Milltown Institute of Philosophy and Theology. He also served for six years as the Jesuit Province’s Coordinator of Ecumenism.