St Ignatius of Loyola
(1491 – 1556)
St Ignatius was born the youngest of thirteen children at Loyola in Spain. His mother died soon after his birth and he was adopted by the local blacksmith’s wife.
St Ignatius, with a “love of martial exercises and a vain glorious desire for fame,” joined the army at 17. He was happy to take up arms, engage in duels and, together with his leadership qualities, he became an accomplished fighter. That is until he sustained serious leg injuries when hit by a cannonball.
St Ignatius, during his convalescence, read many religious texts and resolved to devote his future life to the conversion of non-Christians, emulating St Francis of Assisi. He studied theology, was ordained a Priest and founded the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), becoming its first Superior General. St Ignatius is remembered as a talented spiritual director and for his vigorous opposition to the Protestant Revolution. He is Patron Saint of the Society of Jesus, soldiers and parts of Spain.
Jesus told a crowd The Parable of the Rich Landowner.
The story is about a farmer who had such an exceptional crop yield that his barns could not store all the food. So he thought to himself, let me build a bigger barn and then with food in store for many future years I can, relax, eat, drink and celebrate.
God then said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded back from you… the one who stores up riches for himself… is not rich toward God”. (Luke 12:20-21)
How short-sighted we can sometimes be; today and tomorrow belong to God.
Lord Jesus, decrease my interest in earthly abundance and increase my faith in you so that, I am always in You. Holy Spirit enlighten me.
A Prayer – Trust In Jesus (St Ignatius of Loyola)
O Christ Jesus,
when all is darkness
and we feel our weakness and helplessness,
give us the sense of Your presence,
Your love, and Your strength.
Help us to have perfect trust
in Your protecting love
and strengthening power,
so that nothing may frighten or worry us,
for, living close to You,
we shall see Your hand,
Your purpose, Your will through all things.
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Listen, reflect, enjoy…
Pray for us that we will avoid all foolish and selfish ways.
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Almighty God, thank you for this new day. Bless me and keep me safe.
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