Nov 10 1506- Saint Ignatius becomes a soldier and gets hit by a canon ball in the battle of Pamplona
St Ignatius goes to Montserrat
Sep 27 1540- The society of Jesus was formed
In 1506 St Ignatius became a soldier and later on fought in the battle of Pamplona. While in the battle of Pamplona Ignatius was hit by a canon ball and injured both his legs. His French captors honoured his courage so they carried him across Spain to his family home where he began a long period of recovery during which he read the only two books available in the castle. The books were called Life of Christ and The Golden Legend.
When Ignatius got well he left Loyola and went to Montserrat where he spent a night a night of respect to a statue of our blessed mother. Later on he went to Manresa and spent 10 months of sacrifice and praying.
During his studies in Paris, Ignatius was able to attract six university students, all guided by him through the Spiritual Exercises. They became the first members of the Society of Jesus. One of them was Francis Xavier a Spanish Nobleman who became the greatest missionary of the Church. In 1539 the Society of Jesus was approved by Pope Paul III.