Wednesday, July 31, 2013

St Ignatius of Loyola

'Apotheosis of St Ignatius" by Peter Paul Rubens

Today being the feast of St Ignatius of Loyola, (1491-1556)the founder of the Society of Jesus, also known as Jesuits, we  pray especially for Pope Francis, who is a Jesuit himself, celebrating the first feast of his founder as a Pope. To read a biography of St Ignatius, you can go back to last year, July 31, but today I share with you three of his most famous quotes:

“Act as if everything depended on you; trust as if everything depended on God.”

“O my God, teach me to be generous
to serve you as you deserve to be served
to give without counting the cost
to fight without fear of being wounded
to work without seeking rest
and to spend myself without expecting any reward
but the knowledge that I am doing your holy will. Amen”

“If God causes you to suffer much, it is a sign that He has great designs for you, and that He certainly intends to make you a saint. And if you wish to become a great saint, entreat Him yourself to give you much opportunity for suffering; for there is no wood better to kindle the fire of holy love than the wood of the cross, which Christ used for His own great sacrifice of boundless charity.”

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