Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Monday 23 November |
Saint of the Day: Bl. Miguel Pro
Daily Prayer
And today we celebrate...Saint of the Day

Saint Ignatius of Loyola

A soldier badly injured in battle became the founder of the legendary Society of Jesus

Public Domain

Founder of the Society of Jesus (1490-1556)

His life

+ Born in Spain, Ignatius became a soldier in the army of Navarre, but his military career was cut short when he was wounded in the siege of Pamplona.

+ During his day so recovery, he began reading the lives of the saints and a life of Christ. After making a pilgrimage to the famed Benedictine Abbey of Montserrat, he resolved to follow Christ.

+ With six companions Ignatius pronounced religious vows in 1534, establishing the Society of Jesus. The community was officially approved in 1540.

+ Saint Ignatius is especially honored for his contribution to contemplative prayer through his Spiritual Exercises and unique method of meditation.

+ Saint Ignatius Loyola died in 1556 and was canonized in 1622 in the same ceremony as Saint Teresa of Avila, Saint Francis Xavier, and Saint Isidore the Farmer.

Spiritual Bonus

In 2013, Pope Francis, himself a Jesuit, canonized Saint Peter Faber, one of the original companions of Saint Ignatius Loyola and Saint Francis Xavier. Faber traveled across Europe as a missionary and is credited as an important figure in the Catholic Counter-Reformation. The Church celebrates his memory on August 1.

Quote

“Do not let any occasion of gaining merit pass without taking care to draw some spiritual profit from it.”—Saint Ignatius Loyola

Prayer

O God, who raised up Saint Ignatius of Loyola in your Church

to further the greater glory of your name,

grant that by his help we may imitate him

in fighting the good fight on earth

and merit to receive with him a crown in heaven.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

(from The Roman Missal)

Saint profiles prepared by Brother Silas Henderson, S.D.S.

Access our archives of daily saint biographies here
Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
LUXOR FILM FESTIVAL
Zoe Romanowsky
20-year-old filmmaker wins award for powerful...
UPSET
Theresa Civantos Barber
5 Quotes from the saints to help you deal wit...
PAPIEŻ FRANCISZEK
Kathleen N. Hattrup
Learn to pray with Mary with these 12 insight...
Giuseppe Moscati
Larry Peterson
A volcano, a plague, a war: This doctor-saint...
MONSTRANCE,GOLD,EUCHARIST
J-P Mauro
Cardinal calls Catholics to attend global Euc...
Luz Ivonne Ream
What’s the secret of this couple’s 64 years o...
PADRE PIO
Philip Kosloski
Padre Pio's favorite prayer of petition
See More