A fantasy book? Dealing with St. Ignatius? Crazy! But believe it or not, “Just Call Me Lopez” is exactly that. Margaret Silf spins the tale of a modern day woman who encounters a time traveler, St. Ignatius of Loyola, at significant times in his life. Her story illustrates his progression from self-centered courtier to beloved saint.
The book itself is small, dismissible, and even though it was a gift from a colleague, I avoided reading it for quite a while. I expected it to be superficial, a hostess gift. Finally, isolated in my bedroom recovering from a bout of pink eye, I picked the book up off my night stand. And I couldn’t put it down. Around midnight, as I reached the end of the story, I realized what an immense gift I had actually been given – an acquaintance with Inigo Onaz Lopez de Loyola not as a saint but as a man, striving like other mortals to see the face of God.