//Ignatius, an Alumbrado?

Ignatius, an Alumbrado?

Alumbrados and the heresy surrounding them is an important key to understand the person of Ignatius and his writings. The persecutions that Ignatius and the early Society endured, the Society’s spiritual doctrine, especially the method of prayer adopted by the new order, all these aspects cannot be adequately understood if they are not seen with the Alumbrados in the background.  Ignatius underwent eight Inquisitorial processes, as he himself testifies in his letter to King John III of Portugal of 15th March 1545.  It is hard to find another saint who passed through as many ecclesial trials untainted! 

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The author is a Jesuit of Gujarat Province. He teaches Spiritual Theology at the Gregorian University, Rome.