Saint Ignatius of Loyola

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Saint Ignatius of Loyola

- Ignatius' early life was not exactly "admireable"; He used his time and talents for his own glory and pleasure. - Saint Ignatius joined the army when he was seventeen. In 1521, he was gravely wounded in a battle; while recovering, he experienced a conversion.- While in recovery, he read two books; One book was about the life of Jesus and the other was a collection of saints' stories. He was overwhelmed by their sacrifices ' great love for Jesus. - He decided that he would use the talents God gave him, like his strength, courage, and knowledge, to serve God and God's people. He wanted to fullfill God's desire, which is to be in a loving relationship with him and one another. - While emerging as a religious leader, Ignatius had the ambition to lead a life of self-denying labor and devote it to God.- Showing love and mercy, God forgave Saint Ignatius' early life behavior by giving him an "enlightenment" of faith, theology, and the spiritual life. Ignatius was strong and brave enough to change. - His enlightenment inspired him to write "Spiritual Exercises", which is a 200-page set of metitations, prayers, and other mental exercises; It helped those who were spiritually poor. "The Lord said, 'Write an account of this so that it will be remembered.'" (Exodus 17: 14)

(October 23, 1491 - July 31, 1556)

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"Act as if everything depended on you; Trust as if everything depended on God."- Saint Ignatius of Loyola

- Saint Ignatius devoted himself to converting non-christians, following the example of prophets from the Old Testament.- He was the main founder and Superior General of the Society of Jesus; As a group, the Jesuits, created schools, colleges, institutions, and seminaries around Europe. - His main principle became the Jesuit motto; "Ad maiorem Dei gloriam," which means, "For the greater glory of God." - The Jesuits followed Jesus among the poor and outcast, offering hope, healing, ' justice. Saint Ignatius of Loyola went out of his way to help those in need of food ' clothes. He also helped those who were spiritually poor. - The Old Law emphasized that society and individuals must help the poor ' vulnerable. - St. Ignatius' actions showed that God's love does not exclude or neglect anyone. - Unity with those who are poor and vulnerable is what the Church calls solidairty; Solidrity is a foundational principle for a just society, as it is taught in God's Law. - Christians are called to see Christ in all people, espeically the poor and vulnerable. - We can continue Ignatius' work by taking action against injustices preventing the poor and vulerable from seeing their God-given dignity. "Speak out in defense of the poor." (Proverbs 31: 8-9) We can be a voice for the voiceless. - For those who are spiritually poor, we can help them develop skills needed to have healthy realtionships with others. - We can create a just society by inviting them into the Body of Chirst through participation in the life of the Church.


Lasting Impact:

Facts Continued:

Saint Ignatius of Loyola has had global impact, having been the influence of numerous Jesuit schools ' education institutions worldwide. Today there are about 18,000 Jesuits.

"God's purpose in creating us is to draw forth from us a response of love and service here on earth."- Saint Ignatius of Loyola

Social Justice Document:

Centesimus Annus (On the Hundreth Year)"Love for others, and in the first place love for the poor, in whom the Church sees Christ himself, is made concrete in the promotion of justice." - Pope John Paul ll, 1991

Ignatius, and George E. Ganss. Ignatius of Loyola: The Spiritual Exercises and Selected Works. New York: Paulist, 1991. Print.Ignatius, John C. Olin, and Joseph F. O'Callaghan. The Autobiography of St. Ignatius Loyola, with Related Documents. New York: Fordham UP, 1992. Print."Who Is St. Ignatius of Loyola?" Ignatian Solidarity Network. N.p., 2013. Web. .

Dianna Mendoza

Feastday: July 31


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