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The Text and Contexts of Ignatius Loyola's “Autobiography”

John M. McManamon, S.J.


Scholars now concur that the text Ignatius Loyola dictated late in life should not be labeled an autobiography: the existing text does not cover Ignatius's entire life, and he did not write it. Jerónimo Nadal (1507-80), Ignatius's most trusted Jesuit collaborator, urged that the text be titled Acts as the word is used in Luke's Acts of the Apostles. Recent monographs by Marjorie O’Rourke Boyle and John W. O’Malley have characterized Ignatius's Acts as a “mirror of vainglory” and “a mirror of apostolic religious life” respectively. This study argues that an appreciation of the two Lukan New Tes ... More

Keywords: Ignatius Loyola, Autobiography, vainglory, apostolic religious life, Lukan writings, Renaissance, Incarnation, humanism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780823245048
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823245048.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John M. McManamon, S.J., author
Loyola University, Chicago