Ignatius was born in 1491 at Loyola in Guipuzcoa. After spending some time as a courtier, he turned to a military career. In 1521, while convalescing after a wound received at the siege of
Pope Gregory XV when canonizing Ignatius of Loyola said that the saint had “a heart greater than the world”. Arnold Toynbee, speaking from the perspective of history counted Ignatius Loyola among “the greatest and most influential figures” in the field of religion, “a striking example of spiritual transformation.” In a widely used book called The Doctrine of the Great Educators, Ignatius is listed among a select group of thirteen men who have had an influence on education; the others include Plato, Quintilian, Milton, Locke, Rousseau, Pestalozzi, Montessori, and John Dewey.
Seal of the Society of Jesus. The "IHS" trigram represents the first three Greek letters of "IHΣOYΣ" (Jesus), later interpreted as "Iesus Hominum Salvator", Jesus, Saviour of Mankind, The Society of Jesus (Latin: Societas Iesu, S.J. and S.I. or SJ, SI) is a Roman Catholic religious order of clerks regular whose members are called Jesuits. The Jesuits today form the largest religious order of priests and brothers in the Catholic Church, with 19,216 serving in 112 nations on six continents, the largest number being in
"Dearest, Lord, teach me to be generous,
Teach me to serve as you deserve,
To give and not to count the cost
To fight and not to heed the wounds
To toil and not to seek for rest,
To labour and not to ask for any reward
Except that of knowing that I do your will"