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July 31 Saint Ignatius of Loyola breski1 SAINT IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA Priest (1491-1556) St. Ignatius was born at Loyola in Spain in the year 1491. He served his king as a courtier and soldier till …More
July 31 Saint Ignatius of Loyola breski1
SAINT IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA
Priest
(1491-1556)

St. Ignatius was born at Loyola in Spain in the year 1491. He served his king as a courtier and soldier till he was thirty. At that age, being laid low by a wound, he received the call of divine grace to leave the world. He embraced poverty and humility, that he might become more like to Christ, and won others to join him in the service of God.
Prompted by their love for Jesus Christ, Ignatius and his companions made a vow to go to the Holy Land, but war broke out and prevented the execution of their project. They then turned to the Vicar of Jesus Christ, and placed themselves under his obedience. This was the beginning of the Society of Jesus. Our Lord promised St. Ignatius that the precious heritage of his Passion should never fail his Society.
St. Ignatius was cast into prison at Salamanca on a suspicion of heresy. To a friend who expressed sympathy with him, he replied: "It is a sign that you have but little love of Christ in your heart, or you would not deem it so hard a fate to be in chains for His sake. I declare to you that all Salamanca does not contain as many fetters, manacles, and chains as I long to wear for the love of Jesus Christ."
St. Ignatius went into eternity on July 31, 1556. The following Gospel quote well-summarizes the life of Ignatius' who saved so many, including the whole Philippines: "Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written. (Jn. 21:25)"