Soldier for Christ

Saint of the Day:  Ignatius of Loyola

Spanish, b. 1491 , d. 1556
Founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits)
patron of retreats

Born to a noble family in Basque region of Spain; a soldier in the army, Ignatius was wounded by a cannonball during the Battle of Pamplona; that and the subsequent operations ended his military career; while convalescing in a castle, the only reading available to him was the lives of Christ and the Saints (Ludolph Saxony’s Vita Christi). During this time, he experienced a spiritual conversion and decided to become a soldier for Christ. At first he spent time praying in a cave and developing the Spiritual Exercises, for which he is known. He travelled and studied at different schools, eventually receiving his degree in Paris at age 43.

Few souls understand what God would accomplish in them if they were to abandon themselves unreservedly to Him and if they were to allow His grace to mold them accordingly. — Saint Ignatius




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