Today, July 31st, we celebrate the Feast Day of...

Who: St. Ignatius of Loyola

What: He was a Spanish priest and theologian who founded the religious order called the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). He is the Patron Saint of retreats and soldiers.

When: (1491-1556) canonized in 1622 by Gregory XV.

Where: Western Europe

Why: Ignatius is remembered for a multitude of reasons:

☕️He founded the Jesuit Order.

☕️He was a talented spiritual director. His greatest work being the Spiritual Exercises (a simple set of meditations, prayers, and other mental exercises).

☕️He and the Jesuits played a prominent role in the Counter Reformation against Martin Luther and John Calvin.

Famous Quotes:

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

“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.”

"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."