From the Writings of St. Ignatius



from the writings of st. Ignatius the moment you decide to use all your strength and praising honoring and serving God our Lord that was the moment you entered battle with the world raised your standards against it and made yourself ready to reject all that is exalted by embracing all that is lowly at the same time he resolved to accept with indifference positions high or low honor or dishonor riches or poverty to be loved or hated to be appreciated or scorned in short the world's glory or the injuries it could inflict upon you you are much deceived in thinking that the cause of your unrest and little progress and following the way of the Lord comes from the place where you live or your superiors or your brethren this unrest comes from within you that is it comes from your own lack of humility obedience and prayer and finally from a want of mortification and fervor in advancing the way of perfection you could have a change in residence of superiors and a brethren but if the interior man has not changed these other changes will do you no good everywhere will be the same for you unless you become humble obedient devout and you mortify yourself love this is the change you should seek and no one the peace of our Lord is something interior and it brings with it all the other gifts and graces necessary for salvation and eternal life this piece makes us love our neighbor for the love of our Creator and Lord and because of the same love we observe all the commandments of the law as st. Paul says he who loves his neighbor and fulfilled the law he has fulfilled the law because he loves his creator and Lord and loves his neighbor or his Lord's sake I desire for you the joy and full consolation of soul that I desire for myself and I sympathize with you in your trials but I consider this a very special gift of God our Lord where he is providing you with an occasion to practice patience as well as faith and hope in him in the life which is eternal and without end God will reward your patience with indescribable joy and glory there will be no trial sadness or discomfort where there are none of these in heaven but only the fulfillment of every joy and happiness we should praise all the laws of the church keeping our minds ever ready to seek reasons to defend them and not to oppose them I must remind you to frequent the sacraments to read spiritual books and to pray with as much recollection as you possibly can every day set aside some time so that the soul will not be without its food and thus you will not be induced to complain like the one who said my heart has withered because I have forgotten to eat my bread if we desire to live in honor and to be esteemed by our neighbors and we shall never be solidly rooted in God our Lord and it will be impossible for us to remain undisturbed when insults come our way if we find that we are without the patience to endure insult from others we then have greater reason to complain not because of those who injure us but because of our own sensuality and carnal inclinations because we are not as mortify or dead to the world as we should be these people are offering us opportunities for gaining a treasure greater than anyone can win in this life and riches more numerous than anyone can accumulate in this world if the devil praises us we must humble ourselves reflecting on our sins and wretchedness if he amazes us and keeps us down we must then lift ourselves up and true faith and hope and our Lord recall and to mind the benefits we have received from him and with how much love and affection he is waiting to save us the enemy is totally unconcerned whether he speaks the truth through tells lies his only desire is to overcome us when you find yourself being tempted by the enemy of human nature you must fearless least eight and declare that you are a follower of the Lord but you would rather die than leave his service I asked you to put forth your every effort to win honor in heaven Fame and renowned before the Lord was to be our judge if God has given you the world's goods in abundance it is to help you gain those of heaven and to be a good example of sound teaching to your son's servants and relatives be generous the poor orphans and those in need the man to whom our Lord has been liberal ought not to be stingy we shall one day find in heaven as much rest and joy as we ourselves have dispensed in this life I recommend that virtue to you which includes all others and which our Lord so greatly praised by calling it his great commandment this is my commandment that you love one another you are not only to maintain a union of love among yourselves but you must extend it to everyone and set your hearts on fire with the desire of your neighbor salvation realizing that each soul is the price of our Lord's life and blood prefer the glory of God above everything else let your thoughts words and actions be in him and let God's commandments take first place over everything else that is good this is what he desires and this is what he commands our Father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name thy kingdom come Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil amen with Saint Ignatius we pray soul of Christ sanctify me Body of Christ saved me blood of Christ inebriated me water from the side of Christ wash me Passion of Christ strengthen me oh good Jesus hear me within thy wounds hide me suffer me not to be separated from me from the malignant enemy defend me in the hour of my death call me and bid me come to thee therewith I Saints am I praise thee forever and ever amen st. Ignatius of Loyola pray for us you

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