St. Ignatius of Loyola has given the Church so much. From the Jesuits to his Spiritual Exercises, there is much to be thankful for. Many Jesuits founded great universities, built beautiful churches and spread the Gospel to the far reaches of the world. Many were martyred as they served God. For me, the reason St. Ignatius is important is his Spiritual Exercises. Since being introduced to them many years ago by a good friend and working through them I have learned so much about myself and how best to love, reverence and serve God. I’m still on my journey, as we all are, learning to let go, to do my best and not be the best, to do what I do for God’s glory, not my own. If you want to grow in your spiritual life, do the Exercises. I’m happy to answer any questions about it.
And now, a round-up of some St. Ignatius information and fun on this wonderful day!
Who was the real Inigo of Loyola? an excerpt from The Jesuit Guide to Almost Everything by Fr. James Martin (excellent book)
St. Ignatius, Saint for the New Evangelization by Thomas J. Craughwell at Our Sunday Visitor
A song based on the Suspice, which is my favorite Ignatian prayer
St. Ignatius eBook My collection of posts about St. Ignatius and Ignatian Spirituality