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St. Ignatius of Loyola
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OF THE CALL OF THE APOSTLES

First Point. First: it seems that26 St. Peter and St. Andrew were called three times: first, to some knowledge; this is clear from St. John in the first Chapter: secondly, to follow Christ in some way with the purpose of returning to possess what they had left, as St. Luke says in the fifth Chapter: thirdly, to follow Christ our Lord forever, as St. Matthew says in the fourth Chapter and St. Mark in the first.

Second Point. Second: He called Philip, as is in the first Chapter of St. John, and Matthew as Matthew himself says in the ninth Chapter.

Third Point. Third: He called the other Apostles, of whose special call the Gospel does not make mention.
And three other things also would be to be considered:
The first, how the Apostles were of uneducated and low condition;
The second, the dignity to which they were so sweetly called;
The third, the gifts and graces by which they were raised above all the Fathers of the New and Old Testaments.




26 It seems that is added in the hand of St. Ignatius.





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