Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Memorial of St. Ignatius of Loyola, priest

St. Ignatius is the founder of the Jesuits, the religious order from which the Apostleship of Prayer arose and to which the Holy Father has continued to entrust its care. The close link between the Apostleship of Prayer and the Jesuits is a natural one because St. Ignatius sought direction from the Holy Father in all his endeavors. He wanted to meet the needs of the Church and he believed that those needs were best known by the Pope who always had the bigger picture in mind. This is what we strive to do as Apostles of Prayer. We want to serve the Church in its needs and so we pray for those things which the Holy Father chooses each month as the most worthy of our attention and prayer. And so let us pray one last time for this month’s intentions: that everyone may have work in safe and secure conditions and that Christian volunteers in mission territories may witness to the love of Christ. Our prayer is from a reflection entitled “Principle and Foundation” from the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.

Human beings are created to praise, reverence, and serve God our Lord, and by means of doing this to save their souls. The other things on the face of the earth are created for the human beings, to help them in the pursuit of the end for which they are created. From this is follows that we ought to use these things to the extent that they help us toward our end, and free ourselves from them to the extent that they hinder us from it. To attain this it is necessary to make ourselves indifferent to all created things, in regard to everything which is left to our free will and is not forbidden. Consequently, on our own part we ought not to seek health rather than sickness, wealth rather than poverty, honor rather than dishonor, a long life rather than a short one, and so on in all other matters. Rather, we ought to desire and choose only that which is more conducive to the end for which we are created.




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