Ignatius 3Chapters five and six of St. Ignatius’s autobiography Ignatius goes about preaching the word of God and gets himself into some trouble. I saw a certain turn around in Ignatius’ attitude at this point. Before he did go to extremes, but now even more so in a fashion that almost made methink he was subconsciously competing with the saints that came before him to be the holiest person around. He gives the story of the three ships, where the Turkish ship was destroyed andthe ship of the rich person that would not let him ride was destroyed, but the small ship that hewas riding on was spared in the storm. While he does not specifically say it, the implicationseems to be that the Venetian ship was lost because it would not allow him on board. He alsoseems to have lost touch with much of reality. For example, he ignored the Spanish soldiers’warning to leave the main road and was arrested on suspicion of being a spy. He thought of addressing the captain with the respectful title
rather than his usual title of
(thathe though Christ and the apostles used, but then thought it a temptation and said, “I will notspeak formally to him nor will I show him reverence nor will I take off my cap. (55)” By this point the captain “took him for a madman (55)” and ordered him released, no small event sincehe was accused of being a spy in a time of war. He got arrested again when he was preaching, yethe continued to preach even when in the jail. He could have had an advocate help get him out of jail, but he even refused that. If he was thinking logically, he would have realized that it wouldhave been easier to spread the word of God while free. The disconnection with reality he isexperiencing is very obvious and worrisome, or perhaps he is thinking that being jailed andsuffering will help him strengthen his faith.