St Ignatius of Loyola
(Born: October 23, 1491 – Died: July 31, 1556 – Aged: 64)
St Ignatius was born in Loyola, Spain. His mother died soon after his birth and he, the youngest of 13 children, 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 his vigorous opposition to the Protestant Revolution. He is the Patron Saint of the Society of Jesus, soldiers and parts of Spain. His Feast Day is the 31st of July.
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.
Pray for us that we will avoid all foolish and selfish ways.
Glory be to the…
Prayers: St Ignatius of Loyola