Saturday, July 31, 2021
St. Ignatius of Loyola is the founder of the Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits. He was pursuing a career in the military when a cannonball shattered his leg. While recovering, he discovered that reflecting on the things of this world, such as fame and romance, only brought him temporary pleasure. Reading about the lives of the saints and thinking about serving Jesus Christ brought him lasting happiness.
Ignatian spirituality teaches that God speaks to us in our everyday lives through our feelings. St. Ignatius published a book called the Spiritual Exercises which is meant as a guide for retreat masters to help retreatants discover where God is leading them.
The motto of the Jesuits is Ad maiorem Dei gloriam (AMDG) and means “For the greater glory of God”. St. Ingatius’ feast day is July 31. He is the patron saint of retreats.