St. Ignatius was born at the family castle in Spain, the youngest of many children. When he was old enough, he became a page and then a soldier of Spain to fight against the French. A cannonball and a series of mishandled operations ended his military career in 1521. While Ignatius recovered, he read the lives of the Saints and decided to dedicate himself to becoming a soldier of the Catholic Faith. Soon after, he experienced visions, but then suffered a trial of fears and scruples, driving him almost to despair. Out of this experience Ignatius wrote his famous Spiritual Exercises.
After traveling and studying at different schools, Ignatius finished in Paris, where he received his degree in 1535. Many at the university first despised Ignatius because of his humble lifestyle. Nevertheless, he attracted several followers, including St. Francis Xavier, and soon founded The Society of Jesus, whose religious are commonly known as the Jesuits. Ignatius died in Rome on July 31, the date on which his feast is celebrated. The spirit of St. Ignatius Loyola continues today in the Jesuit motto, “For the greater glory of God.”
(This narrative is printed on the back of Note Cards. A copy is included with each plaque.)
A Prayer of St. Ignatius
Lord, teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
To give and not to count the cost;
To fight and not to heed the wounds;
To toil and not to seek for rest;
To labor and not to ask for reward;
Save that of knowing that I do your will.
(This prayer is printed on the back of Prayer Cards only.)
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