St Ignatius

St Ignatius suggests that we ask God's grace to enable us to enter into the thoughts and desires of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit as they look down on the mess being made of our world prior to the Incarnation. 'What a mess they are making,' they say. 'Think of the beautiful creatures We created and then look at them now.  So much selfishness, violence and pride! Look at that one strutting about, preening himself, as though he is superior to all his companions...
The Society of Jesus is a religious order of men in the Catholic Church. Founded in 1540 by St Ignatius of Loyola and a group of close companions, the Jesuits, as they came to be called, were soon taking the Gospel to every corner of the globe. Pioneers of Catholic renewal in the Counter-Reformation, Jesuits were creative in establishing new ways of evangelising, especially in their educational activities.Today, over 16,000 Jesuits carry out their mission in more than a hundred countries,...
A few years ago, six or seven years ago to be more precise, I was fortunate to participate in a training programme in the Jesuit headquarters in Rome. We were sixteen on the course. The worldwide Society of Jesus which St Ignatius founded was well represented. There were men from North America and Europe; from Zambia and Malawi and Rwanda; from Goa, Madras, the Punjab and Calcutta; from Japan and even China. To the surprise of many, this was my very first visit to Rome. So before, in between...

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