St Ignatius of Loyola is the Patron saint of soldiers, educators, education, and the Society of Jesus which he founded in the 1500s. His Feast day is July 31st
✝️ - 1 Our Father
📙 - Reflection from Saint Ignatius
🙏 - Concluding Prayer
Who was Saint Ignatius of Loyola?
St. Ignatius Loyola was born in 1491, one of 13 children of a family of minor nobility in northern Spain. In 1521 Ignatius was gravely wounded in a battle with the French. While recuperating, Ignatius experienced a conversion. Reading the lives of Jesus and the saints made Ignatius happy and aroused desires to do great things. Ignatius realised that these feelings were clues to God's direction for him.
Over the years, Ignatius became an expert in the art of spiritual direction. He collected his insights, prayers, and suggestions in his book the Spiritual Exercises, one of the most influential books on the spiritual life ever written.
“Go forth and set the world on fire.” ― St. Ignatius Loyola
Prayer from the novena
Soul of Christ, sanctify me. Body of Christ, save me. Blood of Christ, inebriate me. Water from the side of Christ, wash me. Passion of Christ, strengthen me. O Good Jesus, hear me. Within Thy wounds hide me. Suffer me not to be separated from thee. From the malignant enemy defend me. In the hour of my death call me. And bid me come unto Thee, That with all Thy saints, I may praise thee Forever and ever. Amen.