I am reading a biography of St. Ignatius Loyola and learning all sorts of things about him.  He was sickly all his life, yet persisted in living a life of poverty eventhough his health could have been improved if he’d chosen otherwise.  He did penance for many sinners and many converted their lives of sin because of his example.  In many pictures, he is dressed as a soldier, but he wore a simple habit, probably something similar to what St. Francis wore.  He was subjected to the Inquisition in Spain more than once.  He gave his Spiritual Exercise to both religious and lay people before he was a priest. When he was ordained, he waited over a year to prepare himself to celebrate his first Mass. 
Another thing I found astonishing was that Church authorities thought he and his followers were to familiar with the sacraments, especially the Eucharist because they received every Sunday.  In his time, people received only once or twice a year. As someone who receives almost daily, it is so difficult to understand the Church’s position at that time.
“Dearest Lord, teach me to be generous.  Teach me to serve Thee as Thou deservest; to give and not count the cost; to fight and not heed the wounds; to toil and not seek for rest; to labor and not to seek reward, save that of knowing that I do thy will, O God.  St. Ignatius

St. Ignatius Loyola

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