Sunday, July 31, 2005

Go Jesuit, It's Your Feast Day!

+JMJ+

Today is a very special day. The last day of July, which can only mean two things. First is that I think the month has gone by far too fast. I would like my month back, if that's ok. The second is that this would also be the feast day of the founder of the Jesuits, St. Ignatius de Loyola. Anyone who didn't think I wouldn't make a big deal out of this is insane. It would be like Cnytr just ignoring Aquinas' feast day, except worse, since, as the name might indicate, Aquinas did not found the Dominicans.

Ignatius is a fun saint to read about. Almost as fun as Augustine, really. One of the best parts, aside from the pre-conversion stuff, are the volumes of letters he wrote while superior general of the Jesuits, particularly to St. Francis Xavier and the heads of the various provinces througout Europe. On one occasion, a superior had neglected to send him regular reports of the province. In response to this, Ignatius wrote in a letter to him "You did well to observe obedience in the matter of writing every week [...] What you should have done was to find someone, once the letters were written, to carry and deliver them." Classic, really.

Fellow blogger Mark Mossa, just finishing up his Jesuit regency at Loyola New Orleans, is currently in the process of writing a biography of St. Ignatius. Here is the latest sample on his blog. You know you're in for a treat when the title of the post is "Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition!"

+Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam+

"When a soul finds no pleasure or consolation in the things of God, it also fails to find it in any thing created."
-St. Ignatius de Loyola, Spiritual Excercises, IX

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