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The Return to School St Ignatius love for and contribution to education By now he was 33 years old and determined to study for the priesthood However he was ignorant of Latin a necessary preliminary to university studies in those days So he started back to school studying Latin grammar with young boys in a school in Barcelona After two years he moved on to the University of Alcala There his zeal got him in trouble a problem that continued throughout his life He would gather students and adults to explain the Gospels to them and teach them how to pray His efforts attracted the attention of the Inquisition and he was thrown into jail for 42 days When he was released he was told to avoid teaching others In the eyes of Inquisitors anyone who was teaching and was not ordained was suspect Because he could not live without helping souls Ignatius moved on to the University of Salamanca There within two weeks the Dominicans had thrown him back into prison again Though they could find no heresy in what he taught he was told that he could only teach children and then only simple religious truths Once he took the road this time for Paris At the University of Paris he began school again studying Latin grammar and literature philosophy and theology It was also in Paris that he began sharing a room with Francis Xavier and Peter Faber He greatly influenced a few other fellow students directing them all at one time or another in what we now call the Spiritual Exercises Eventually six of them plus Ignatius decided to take vows of chastity and poverty and to go to the Holy Land If going to the Holy Land became impossible they would go to Rome and place themselves at the disposal of the Pope for whatever he would want them to do They did not think of doing
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