St. Ignatius of Loyola Understood the Beauty of the Fight More Than Crusaders

November 19, 2015

By Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira

St. IgnatiusSomeone defined courage as follows: “It is the will to strike blows and the patience to take them!” If one does not have both things, one does not have courage. Therefore, some people may take a painful blow and be happy – Ah, he’s taken a blow! But even happier are you, who struck a blow….

As far as I know, not even the crusaders knew how to underline the beauty and sanctity of the fight as much as Saint Ignatius Loyola, who gave the Society of Jesus the title which, in the archaic language of that time [compañía, company], meant a section of the army. In other words, a company in the military language of the time was a battalion, a regiment or something like that. The Company of Jesus was made to fight!


(Excerpt from a Palavrinha of Monday, September 18, 1989.)

( translation.)

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