Saturday, July 31, 2010

Feast of Saint Ignatius of Loyola

He gave up thoughts of suicide
to be of help to souls
after a cannonball shattering his knee
taught him something of the world,
and legends read during recovery
pierced those places where sinew joins bone:
finding God in agony first,
but then in stars by night
and later at day in a blade of grass,
an orange leaf.
He began his mornings with
"What shall we do for God today?,"
letting the Spirit blow through his soul
as wind through a field of poppies.
- by Fr. James Janda
Archdiocese of Salt Lake City

Dear Saint Ignatius of Loyola, pray for us.
(Happy 10th Heavenly anniversary, dear Thomas Edmund.)


  1. I loved this. To overcome obsticales-whatever they may be-for humanity and love. That takes real strength.

  2. Saint Ignatius was a brave and skilled soldier, but he humbled himself enough to sit in a classroom as a student amongst young boys, many of whom knew more Latin than he did. What a wonderful example of humility he is!