• 31 Jul 20

Jul 31 - “St. Ignatius Loyola” © artwork by Julie Lonneman. Happy Feast Day St. Ignatius!

During a lengthy recuperation from a cannonball wound to his leg, Ignatius' only diversion was reading the two books available to him: a collection of lives of the saints, and a life of Christ. This, and his time spent in prayer, profoundly changed him. After his conversion, he became a pilgrim and a hermit for a time. Eventually he studied theology and was ordained a priest. A gifted spiritual director, he compiled the Spiritual Exercises, which are still used as a tool for discernment today. He founded the Society of Jesus in 1534.

"Receive, Lord, all my liberty, my memory, my understanding and my whole will. You have given me all that I have, all that I am, and I surrender all to your divine will, that you dispose of me. Give me only your love and your grace. With this I am rich enough, and I have no more to ask."
—Saint Ignatius of Loyola