Happy Feast Day, St Ignatius (July 31st)! Saints of WYD 2011

That we may be altogether of the same mind and in conformity with the Church herself, if she shall have defined anything to be black which appears to our eyes to be white, we ought in like manner to pronounce it to be black. For we must undoubtingly believe, that the Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Spirit of the Orthodox Church His Spouse, by which Spirit we are governed and directed to Salvation, is the same.”~ St. Ignatius of Loyola

St. Ignatius of Loyola is the founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and author of the “Spiritual Exercises“. He was born in Spain to a noble family, and was raised and trained to be a Knight.  After being seriously wounded in battle, he experienced a conversion during his convalescence.  Ignatius was inspired to forego his military career and devote himself entirely to God.  Not long after the Virgin Mary and Infant Jesus appeared to him.  He began fervently praying, around 7 hours everyday, and often in a nearby cave.  It was during this time that Ignatius began to write the “Spiritual Exercises”, which continue to guide and lead people in prayer even six centuries later.  Ignatius later went on to receive an education in theology, but it is his spirituality that he is known for and is the reason he continues to inspire and lead people closer to Christ.  Ignatius was faithfully obedient to the authority of the Church and spoke often of the respect and obedience she deserved. May we experience that same fervor and devotion that Ignatius possessed for Christ and His Church.

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