On this last day in the month of July we celebrate the Memorial of St. Ignatius of Loyola. We know Ignatius as the founder of the Society of Jesus, or the Jesuits, and his Spiritual Exercises have become a model of Christian discernment and discipline. Ignatius would succumb to the “Roman fever” or a type of malaria in 1566. So, we are given another Saint during our time of pandemic to travel with and ask for help through intercessory prayer.
Ignatius was known for his survival instincts and spiritual prowess. He was a Castilian soldier whom many thought would die from injuries sustained in battle when he was 30 years old, but he lived another 35 years. However, during his time of convalescing he would have his spiritual conversion and write his spiritual exercises and the founding of the Jesuit order. The motto of the Jesuits is, “For the greater glory of God.”
What can you do today to reflect this motto despite this time of confinement and uncertainty? How is the greater glory of God emanating from your life?
Be assured of our prayers for you each day as we continue our journey together and apart.