Monday, July 31, 2017

Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola

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St. Ignatius of Loyola by Peter Paul Rubens (+1640AD).

Today is the feast of the great founder of the Society of Jesus, the Jesuit Order, St. Ignatius Loyola (+1556).

His was a remarkable life -- a soldier converted while wounded by reading the lives of the saints in his convalescence; founded the Jesuits in 1540 with the approval of Pope Paul III; wrote the magnificent Spiritual Exercises; founded the Roman College -- all of this Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, for the greater glory of God.  At his death in Rome in 1556AD, his order had over a thousand members, 76 houses, 12 provinces, and had members in modern countries including Brazil, India, and Japan in the missions there.

St. Ignatius of Loyola is buried in the Church of the Gesu in Roma, one of the prototypes of the Baroque Church.  He is buried in the left transept in a chapel that was the work of the great Baroque artist Andrea Pozzo (+1709AD)

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"Church of the Gesù, Rome" by Alessio Damato - File:Chiesa gesu facade.jpg (cropped). Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

"Lazio Roma Gesu1 tango7174" by Tango7174 - Own work. Licensed under GFDL via Wikimedia Commons

The facade and interior of the Gesu in Rome, ItalySt. Ignatius is buried in the left transept.

You might visit the official site of that Church, which does have a virtual tour: Chiesa del Gesu, Roma, Italia

I might add, too, that one of the books that helped bring about his conversion was none other than the Golden Legend by Blessed Jacobus de Voragine, OP: Catholic Saints Info: The Golden Legend, by Blessed Jacobus de Voragine

For more information: Catholic Saints Info: St. Ignatius of Loyola

and: Old Catholic Encyclopedia: St. Ignatius of Loyola

I leave you with some music composed by a spiritual son of St. Ignatius, and a missionary to the Jesuit South American Reductions, Domenico Zipoli, SJ (+1726AD), in honor of St. Ignatius:

Live well!

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