Saint Ignatius of Loyola

July 31

Saint Ignatius of LoyolaGood Savior, Saint Ignatius was wounded in battle and had to spend months in recovery.  He wanted to pass the time reading adventure books about knights, but all he could find were biographies on the saints.  Reading these, he felt challenged to do what the saints had done.  I ask him to pray for people to make good choices in reading material.  Take away from me and my loved ones, O Lord, any interest in books and magazines that do not contribute to our relationship with You, and do the same with all forms of entertainment.  Increase in us a desire to learn from the biographies of saints.  Saint Ignatius, pray for us.  Amen.

QUOTES by Saint Ignatius of Loyola

Pardon me, O mercy of my God, for having despised so long Your mercy’s voice. In deep sorrow and contrition, I cast myself at Your feet: Have mercy on me. >>

Dearest Lord, teach me to be generous, teach me to serve You as You deserve: to give and not count the cost, to fight and not heed the wound, to toil and not seek rest, to labor and not seek reward, save that of feeling that I do Your will. >>

After you have made a decision that is pleasing to God, the Devil may try to make you have second thoughts. Intensify your prayer time, meditation, and good deeds. For if Satan’s temptations merely cause you to increase your efforts to grow in holiness, he’ll have an incentive to leave you alone. >>

If you seek peace and tranquility, you will certainly not find them so long as you have a cause for disturbance and turmoil within yourself. >>

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