Ignatius, Patron Saint of?

Jul 24, 2016 | Posted by in Ignatian, saints | 0
St. Ignatius Loyola

It seems silly really, to have so much admiration for a saint, to have read more than one book about him, and then to realize I did not know what he is the patron saint of?  Not a clue.  Should I be telling you this?  I am losing my credibility here?  Hey, I can’t know everything. I looked it up; here is the list:  Dioceses of San Sebastion and Bilbao, Biscay & Gipuzkoa, Basque Country, Military Ordinariate of the Philippines, Society of Jesus, soldiers, Educators and Education (BIO from Catholic Online).  I read it and until I got to Educators and Education I was a bit distraught.  I don’t live in any of those dioceses; FYI, I looked them up to be sure, they are in Spain.  I have nothing to do with the militaryRead more …

St. Ignatius Novena

Jul 22, 2016 | Posted by in Ignatian, saints | 0
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St. Ignatius feast day is July 31.  I pray a novena asking for his intercession each year.  I use one from the Discerning Hearts website, you can read or listen to it, here is the link to the whole novena.  I will also post each days’ prayers. If you start it on July 23 you will end on July 31 or you can start today and end July 30.  I’m never sure if you should end the novena on the feast day or the day before.   I’m of the mind that praying is the important thing, so do what you will.  I’m starting tomorrow.    

Sweetness & Suffering

Jul 21, 2016 | Posted by in Ignatian, quote | 1

Days ago this quote came to my inbox: “All the honey that can be gathered from the flowers of this world has less sweetness than the vinegar and gall of Jesus Christ our Lord” (Ignatius of Loyola). Days ago I had a root canal done on tooth #5.  Days ago I decided to offer up any suffering associated with said root canal for whoever God needed to use it for.  Now, please, do not mistake suffering for lack of medication to alleviate the pain of a root canal.  I had medication, plenty of it, because while I was willing to offer up my own personal suffering, as a patient I don’t like to make my dentist suffer anymore than necessary and medication helps us all suffer less. As I lay there, numb up to my eyeRead more …

Indifferent, but in a good way

Jul 13, 2016 | Posted by in Ignatian | 0
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Lately it’s been difficult to be indifferent. I seem to be hyper-focused on created things or should I say “creating” things. I have lists, pages and pages of them, projects in all different stages, balls bouncing everywhere and I am often dependent on others to get IT done. That last point, oh my, that is so the one that gives me the most discomfort. I am not indifferent, instead I am too focused on how I want things to be. I want to check things off my list so I can stop thinking about them. But I can’t. And so I must exercise patience and self-control. And try not to worry. For what will worry do? In the end, it most likely is the cause of wrinkles or sleeplessness or worse, both! Pause. I needRead more …