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500 years of walking the Ignatian way

Walking with Ignatius by Arturo Sosa SJ

Walking with Ignatius by Arturo Sosa SJ in conversation with Darío Menor

THE Jesuits are marking the 500th anniversary of the conversion of St Ignatius if Loyola and over the next 12 months we can expect many publications reflecting on the milestone.

Titles including Saint Ignatius of Loyola: A Convert's Story, by Cork Jesuit Patrick Corkery SJ, set out something of a potted history of the founder of the Society of Jesus.

A different approach is found in Walking with Ignatius which grounds the celebration of the Jesuits' half-millennia in a contemporary context.

This is given extra edge because the book shares the perspective of Arturo Sosa SJ, the Venezuelan priest who in 2016 became the Society's first Latin American Father General - an appointment which has echoes in 2013's election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the first Jesuit and the first Latin American pope.

Walking with Ignatius emerged from a series of interviews the Father General - who invites the reader to "walk the path of Christian adventure in our changing world" - conducted with journalist Darío Menor.

The book unfolds as a spiritual conversation that covers such topics as the life of Ignatius, Sosa's own life story, the challenge of the 21st century and the future of the Church.

Sosa explains the four 'Universal Apostolic Preferences' undertaken by Jesuits worldwide in 2019 - preferences that shape and focus a mission of reconciliation and justice that resonates with many today in a world transformed by individualism and division.

The book includes a section-by-section guide - complete with bible references, pointers for prayer and tips for spiritual conversation - to encourage the reader to embark on a spiritual journey of their own.

Walking with Ignatius by Arturo Sosa SJ in conversation with Darío Menor is published by Messenger Publications, £18.95/€19.95

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