I am excited to present every month, a prayer or blessing of the Saints for you. The saints are priests, brothers, sisters, the apostles, and other holy men and women who helped to make the world holier through their love of Christ.
Together we must learn to trust in God’s love and protection just as the saints did. They serve as role models who gave their lives for others, just as Jesus gave His Life for us.
St. Ignatius was the founder of the Society of Jesus, better known as the Jesuits. (Did you know that Pope Francis is a Jesuit?) St. Ignatius is the basis for Ignatian Spirituality and the Spiritual Exercises. Born in 1491, he served as a soldier in Northern Spain. In 1521, when a cannonball broke one of his legs and seriously injured the other, he fell dangerously ill. He went to confession and promised that, if he lived, he would devote his life as a knight to the Apostle Peter. During his recuperation, he was strongly influenced by the life of Christ and the lives of the saints, he said, “What they did, I can do!”
One night he had a vision of Our Lady that filled him with intense joy for several hours, but also a feeling of shame over his former lifestyle. He was determined to change. As soon as he was well enough, he set out for Barcelona to board a ship to Jerusalem as a humble pilgrim. He stopped on the way at the monastery of Montserrat, where he exchanged his knight’s dress for that of a pilgrim.
Ignatius stayed at the monastery, dedicated to prayer and study about spiritual life. In his thirties, he returned to Spain to study Latin and theology at the University of Alcala.
In 1541, Ignatius’ Congregation was approved with Papal approval known as the Society of Jesus. The Congregation focused on preaching, hearing confessions, teaching, and caring for the sick. Within a decade of his death in 1556, the Jesuits had established several Colleges.
Join me standing together with the Saints of the holiness of God’s kingdom. Regardless of space or time, all find a home in the heavenly Jerusalem, as the multitude of nations are united under the common banner of Christ. I had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue (Rv. 7:9)
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