Brian O’Leary, SJ

Emeritus Professor of Spiritual Theology at the Milltown Institute in Dublin.


The 16th century in Spain was a turning point for the whole world. The New World was gradually being discovered by European explorers, the Renaissance reached its peak, and it gave us three of the greatest mystics of the Christian tradition, people whose writings on the spiritual life have for centuries guided those seeking a… Read the full article


A soldier saint or a mystic? Over the centuries since 1556, the year of his death, Ignatius has been interpreted through a variety of images. The leading image for most of this period was that of the soldier saint. This image drew partly on Ignatius’ family connection with the warlike minor aristocracy of the Basque… Read the full article