Novena to St. Ignatius Loyola – Day 4

Jul 26, 2021 | Guest Author

Join us in praying a novena to St. Ignatius, ending on his feast day, July 31, 2021!

Day 4, July 26 – Men and women for others

Reflect: In a 1973 address in Valencia, Spain, the Superior General of the Jesuits, Pedro Arrupe, called for the education and development of “men and women for others.” He called for “men and women who will live not for themselves but for God and His Christ, for the God-man who lived and died for all the world; men and women who cannot even conceive of love of God which does not include love for the least of their neighbors.” Thus, for Arrupe, to be men and women for others (including the least of our neighbors), we must first be men and women for Christ. St. Ignatius had an immense love for the life of Christ, as is evident in his Spiritual Exercises, and this love for Christ translated to an immense love for others. How can we better imitate St. Ignatius in our love for others and our desire for justice, for the sake of our love of Christ?

Pray: The Suscipe

Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding, and my entire will,
All I have and call my own.
You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.
Everything is yours;
do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace,
that is enough for me.

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