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10 Inspiring quotes from St. Ignatius Loyola


His words are still relevant, 500 years later.

St. Ignatius Loyola is one of the best known saints in the Catholic Church. The Jesuit Order that he founded is everywhere, even occupying the Chair of St. Peter!

One of the hallmarks of St. Ignatius was his ability to understand the many movements of the heart and help a soul draw closer to God. The spiritual life is certainly not easy, but with the help of St. Ignatius’ writings, countless souls have found the peace they were searching for.

To highlight some of his many profound sayings, here is a short collection of 10 inspiring quotes from St. Ignatius Loyola. They will surely help boost your spirits and feed your soul.

Let your first rule of action be to trust in God as if success depended entirely on yourself and not on him: but use all your efforts as if God alone did everything, and yourself nothing.

The man who sets about making others better is wasting his time, unless he begins with himself.

Charity and kindness unwedded to truth are not charity and kindness, but deceit and vanity.

So you lay your affairs aside till next month or next year? Why, where do you get your confidence that you will live so long?

Never say or do anything until you have asked yourself whether it will be pleasing to God, good for yourself, and edifying to your neighbor.

When you say anything in secret, speak as if you were speaking to the whole world.

If God makes you suffer greatly, it is a sign that he wants to make you a great saint.

If a man wants to reform the world, either by reason of the authority of his position or the duty of his office, he must begin with himself.

Less knowledge, more virtue!

Beware of condemning any man’s action. Consider your neighbor’s intention, which is often honest and innocent, even though his act seems bad in outward appearance.

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