Saint of the Day
Ignatius of Loyola
Ignatius of Loyola
St. John Paul II observed that for people of faith there are no coincidences, only aspects of God’s providence that we have not yet fully understood. Another way of putting it is to say that there are no coincidences, only God-incidences. Among these God-incidences, one of the most remarkable is the story of St. Ignatius Loyola. For the world would be very different indeed if a cannonball had not struck him at the Battle of Pamplona in 1521, shattering his leg and confining him to bed for the next 6 months. During his convalescence, the young Spaniard had ample time to reflect about the meaning of his life, about time and eternity, and, above all, about God. And more than his leg was healed. By the time he recovered he had decided to live no longer for himself, but for God, and the echoes of his choice appear in the motto forever associated with his name: “For the Greater Glory of God.”
It was a particular joy for me to visit the sites associated with St. Ignatius of Loyola on a recent film trip. But the most moving locale was a little church in Manresa built around the cave where the young Ignatius spent about nine months preparing himself spiritually for his life’s work. What he learned at Manresa is that our attachments to various created goods—money, power, pleasure, and honor—stand in the way of our responding to God’s will for us.
This episode is the first session of the four-part series Jung’s Commentary on the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola with Thomas Patrick Lavin, PhD. Using as a focal point Jung’s private notes from his 1939–1940 lectures on the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola, Dr. Thomas Patrick Lavin discusses the role of imaginal work in the quest for spiritual and psychological growth. The Spiritual Exercises is viewed as an initiation rite in which a Christian form of active imagination is presented. It was recorded in 1988. The series is divided into the follow four topics: 1. Seeing Jung and Ignatius in Their Historical Contexts, 2. Active Imagination and the Ignatian Methods of Prayer, 3. The Anima Christi and the Fundamentum, and 4. Ignatius the Psychologist and Jung the Theologian.
Decisions, decisions... Life holds a lot of options and it's often hard to know which way to go, especially when it comes to serious, life-changing matters. Thankfully, we've got help. St. Ignatius of Loyola penned his famous Spiritual Exercises to enable people to discern the spirits - discern God's will for their lives. And the great thing is that's it's not pie-in-the-sky. It's super practical and down-to-earth. In fact, understanding his Exercises can save you a lot of headache and heartache. So join me and one of the most intelligent and holy priests I know, Fr. Aaron Pidel, SJ, for an in-depth discussion of St. Ignatius and his guide for our lives. We're covering: 1. A bit of the (wild and wooly) background of St. Ignatius, 2. His massive conversion, 3. An overview of the famous Spiritual Exercises, 4. How Ignatius allows feelings to come into play without them taking over, 5. The massive role of consolations and desolations, and 6. Practical discernment of God's will.
Happy #Feastday #StIgnatiusofLoyola founder of the Jesuits. As a Spanish officer, he was severely injured. After reading the lives of the saints while recuperating, he experienced a conversion & became an expert in spiritual direction. https://t.co/glf8rvVEau pic.twitter.com/K9eoHjmdoC— Portraits of Saints (@SaintPortraits) July 30, 2020
July 31st is the Solemnity of St Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits! Pray for us! AMDG https://t.co/KbN0jqEPyI— David J Laughlin (@RockHighPres) July 31, 2020
Our Patronal Feast Day. St Ignatius of Loyola pra for our Parish and school. pic.twitter.com/dIDxtpGcjH— St. Ignatius Church, Wishaw (@ignatiuswishaw) July 30, 2020
Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the Founder of the Society of Jesus.Despite the challenges we face, let us forever keep our hearts true to the values and teachings imparted to us by St. Ignatius; and exercise Magis in all the we do. Viva San Ignacio! pic.twitter.com/tBqme65f0M — ASCO (@adnushs_asco) July 31, 2020
We are Blessed to have been a part of the legacy created by St. Ignatius of Loyola.This hallowed institution has always encouraged its students to dream, persevere and ensure that they turn their dreams to reality, while evolving to become men and women for others.Happy Feast Day pic.twitter.com/4oSu2NHgGX— Loyola Alumni Association (@alumni_loyola) July 31, 2020
July 31, 2020Today is the feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). Let us all implore his intercession. St. Ignatius of Loyola, pray for us! Happy feast day po sa lahat ng Jesuits at Ignatians! 😊 (📷 https://t.co/jVCSYZtEyB) pic.twitter.com/c88z1Pvlkl — Light Cross (@lightfromdLIGHT) July 31, 2020