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Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola

July 31 @ 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Founder of the Jesuits, St. Ignatius’s life truly encompassed the Jesuit motto – Ad majored Dei gloraim, which means, for the greater glory of God. However, before his conversion, St. Ignatius was a militant. One day in battle, he was struck by a cannonball, which broke one leg and severely mangled his other. While in recovery, St. Ignatius spent his time primarily reading about Christ, in particular, “De Vita Christi” (The Life of Christ). Once he was healed, a vision led him to journey to a shrine at Montserrat.

Having been influence by “De Vita Christi,” St. Ignatius began to create and practice his Spiritual Exercises. After his time in Manresa (a town near the Montserrat shrine), he traveled to the Holy Land. Yet he was sent away almost immediately because of rising tensions between the Turks and the Church. Instead, he ventured to various European cities to convert non-believers. However, his authority was questioned by many since he did not have a theological background. So, St. Ignatius began at the beginning and took basic courses for children at the time such as Latin.

In 1534, St. Ignatius and a group of six others – Saint Francis Xavier was among them – took a vow of poverty and chastity. They pledged to travel to the Holy Land and if that was not possible (which, it became apparent it wasn’t) then they would offer themselves to the apostolic service of the pope. Pope Paul III approved the Society of Jesus of which St. Ignatius served as the first general, which has since come to be known as the Jesuits.

Prayer of Self Offering – St. Ignatius of Loyola

Take, O Lord, and receive my entire liberty, my memory, my understanding and my whole will. All that I am and all that I possess You have given me: I surrender it all to You to be disposed of according to Your will. Give me only Your love and Your grace; with these I will be rich enough, and will desire nothing more.


July 31
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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