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This month we celebrate the feast day of Saint Ignatius Loyola. During his life he desired to resolve the many challenges of humanity and bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to all corners of the world.
He did not always want to accomplish such holy deeds. It took reading the lives of the saints to awaken within him such a desire.
He wrote in his autobiography, “While perusing the life of Our Lord and the saints, he began to reflect, saying to himself: ‘What if I should do what St. Francis did?’ ‘What if I should act like St. Dominic?’ He pondered over these things in his mind, and kept continually proposing to himself serious and difficult things. He seemed to feel a certain readiness for doing them, with no other reason except this thought: ‘St. Dominic did this; I, too, will do it.’ ‘St. Francis did this; therefore I will do it.’”
Let us learn from Saint Ignatius Loyola and read the lives of the saints. They were ordinary people like us who lived with extraordinary love. The saints are worthy to imitate and show us that anything is possible with God’s grace.
In the end, we need more heroic men and women in our world today who pray and work towards resolving the many challenges of humanity. May Saint Ignatius and all the saints be an example to us and give us hope.
- Philip Kosloski
Writer and Content Manager
The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (USA)