From the Bible
Read Luke 15:1-6
On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely. Just then, in front of him, there was a man who had dropsy. And Jesus asked the lawyers and Pharisees, “Is it lawful to cure people on the sabbath, or not?” But they were silent. So Jesus took him and healed him, and sent him away. Then he said to them, “If one of you has a child or an ox that has fallen into a well, will you not immediately pull it out on a sabbath day?” And they could not reply to this.
“Act as if everything depended on you; trust as if everything depended on God.”
“Go forth and set the world on fire.” (Ignatius of Loyola)
The quotes above from Ignatius of Loyola are among his most famous and they sum up the practicality and ambition that he lived out after his conversion to Christianity. Those of us who are Protestants probably haven’t been given much information about Ignatius because he was a strong opponent of the Reformation in the 1500s and vigorously supported (some would argue blindly) the hierarchy of the Catholic Church at the time. None of us gets everything right and this lasting division of the Church has proven itself to be deeply problematic for centuries. Much is lost if we refuse to listen to one another. Ignatius became a powerful leader in the Church of his day and was the founder of the Society of Jesus, the Jesuits. His writings have become a wonderful guide to many who seek Jesus. He was a devoted follower who took his early experiences as a soldier prior to his conversion and applied all the good lessons he learned to the work of discipleship. His Spiritual Exercises is a 200 page text designed to be simple and helpful to people who desire to find God everywhere. We celebrate his Saint’s Day on July 31, the day he died in 1556.
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