St. Ignatius of Loyola, with his new and dynamic conception of the religious life, who began the Jesuit order, has left an impress on the Church unparalleled in modern times.
His story was dramatic and his story of coming to know God was dramatic as well. This included extraordinary experiences of God in visions and otherwise. “Years later he told his successor in the Society of Jesus, Father Laynez, that he learned more of divine mysteries in one hour of prayer at Manresa than all the doctors of the schools could ever have taught him.” (EWTN)
Below: Portrayal of Saint Ignatius’ vision of Christ and of God the Father
(Image from “Liturgical Arts Journal,” at https://www.liturgicalartsjournal.com/2018/04/a-glimpse-into-grandeur-art-of-gesu_18.html )