St. Ignatius Loyola

Many years ago a friend suggested working on “Spiritual Exercises”. I don’t think I knew what she was talking about, but since I trusted her and was always looking to grow in my spiritual life I said yes and there began my love of all things Ignatius! His feast day is celebrated on July 31 and the folks over at Ignatian Spirituality have a month long series to celebrate. I am also going to work on posting each day. Today I’ll start with a round-up of resources for you.
First of all is the actual site where the celebration is hosted: 31 Days with Saint Ignatius.31Days-with-Ignatius-415
If you are interested in learning more about this great saint, who is the founder of the Jesuits, I like this biography from Xavier University or this one from New Advent.
For some lighter facts about Ignatius, good to share with young people, check out this list from Loyola Press.
One of the reasons I am drawn to St. Ignatius is his practical approach to the spiritual life and how he reminds us to see God in our everyday existence. The Jesuit motto, Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam which means For the Greater Glory of God is a reminder that all we do in our life, no matter how mundane, if done with the belief and attitude that it is done for God and his glory, we will grow in holiness and be the person God calls us.
I’m looking forward to a month of St. Ignatius study and hope you will join me!

St. Ignatius Loyola
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