St. Ignatius Loyola and the spirit of chivalry

April 21, 2016

by Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira

St. Ignatius of Loyola

St. Ignatius of Loyola

You know that at the time of St. Ignatius, the word “company” meant army. Not exactly army but it was a fraction of the army, a brigade, regiment or something of the sort. Company of Jesus means Regiment of Jesus. In other words, he wanted to do his priestly apostolate with the spirit of chivalry. That shows very well that this is not foolhardy. It can be done and is praiseworthy. This is the spirit of chivalry that we must have in us.

(Excerpt from a Chá, Monday, Sept. 18, 1989 – translation)


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