Vatican City, May 10, 2021 / 08:00 am
Pope Francis on Monday sent a video message for the launch of a book on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, written by one of the pope’s early spiritual mentors.
The Italian translation of “Buscar y hallar la voluntad de Dios: Comentario prático de los Ejercicios Espirituales de san Ignacio de Loyola” (Seek and Find the Will of God: Practical Guide to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola), by Fr. Miguel Ángel Fiorito, S.J., will be published May 11.
Fiorito, a Jesuit spiritual master who died in 2005, taught Pope Francis during his Jesuit formation in Argentina in the late 1950s.
Pope Francis has previously written about Fiorito’s “passion for the Spiritual Exercises,” and how the priest “taught many to pray and to discern the signs of the times.”
The future Pope Francis first met Fiorito as a seminarian, and Fiorito became Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s spiritual director as he prepared for priestly ordination.
Later, as Jesuit provincial for Argentina, Bergoglio put Fiorito in charge of the last stage of Jesuit seminary formation.
Pope Francis has written a preface to the Italian edition of Fiorito’s guide to the spiritual exercises, which he called “a real treasure trove to enter into the soul of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.”
“We, his disciples, called [Fiorito] ‘the teacher.’ The help he gave us was simple but necessary. This book presents it with an open or, as we would say today, interactive structure,” Francis said in his video message May 9.