The Autobiography of St. Ignatius

Read by Phil Chenevert

(4.7 stars; 88 reviews)

This account of the life of St. Ignatius, dictated by himself to Father Gonzalez, is a most valuable record of the great Founder of the Society of Jesus. It, more than any other work, gives an insight into the spiritual life of St. Ignatius. Few works in ascetical literature, except the writings of St. Teresa and St. Augustine, impart such a knowledge of the soul.The saint in his narrative always refers to himself in the third person, and this mode of speech has here been retained. Many persons who have neither the time, nor, perhaps, the inclination, to read larger works, will read, we trust, with pleasure and profit this autobiography. Ignatius, as he lay wounded in his brother's house, read the lives of the saints to while away the time. Touched by grace, he cried, "What St. Francis and St. Dominic have done, that, by God's grace, I will do." May this little book, in like manner, inspire its readers with the desire of imitating St. Ignatius. This autobiography is a valuable key for the understanding of his Spiritual Exercises. It was kept in the archives for about 150 years (Summary from the preface) (2 hr 13 min)


Could listen to this again and again

(5 stars)

Brilliant! A true and humble account of an extraordinary man of God and follower of Jesus Christ and Mary, the Mother of God.


(5 stars)

A very good book and very well read. Highly recommended for anyone who desires to know more about St. Ignatius.

Review of Audio book

(5 stars)

I recommend this for all people how what to change there lives.

well read and easy to follow! just one little cut on chapter vii

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Very interesting material and a very enjoyable reading! Thank you! :)

Great reading!

(5 stars)

Well read! Clear diction and perfect tempo.

(4.5 stars)

Helps one find God in our daily lives.

interesting from a historical and anthropological perspectve

(4 stars)