Ignatius Loyola, aka Saint Ignatius of Loyola

Loyola, aka Saint Ignatius of Loyola

Spanish Knight from a Basque noble family, Hermit, Priest and Theologian, Founded the Society of Jesus

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Go forth and set the world on fire.

Labor to conquer yourself. This victory will assure you a brighter crown in heaven than they gain whose disposition is more amiable.

The safest and most suitable form of penance seems to be that which causes pain in the flesh but does not penetrate to the bones, that is, which causes suffering but not sickness. So the best way seems to be to scourge oneself with thin cords which hurt superficially, rather than to use some other means which might produce serious internal injury.

God freely created us so that we might know, love, and serve him in this life and be happy with him forever. God's purpose in creating us is to draw forth from us a response of love and service here on earth, so that we may attain our goal of everlasting happiness with him in heaven.

Let me look at the foulness and ugliness of my body. Let me see myself as an ulcerous sore running with every horrible and disgusting poison.

The shortest, yea, the only way to reach sanctity, is to conceive a horror for all that the world loves and values.

God gives each one of us sufficient grace ever to know His holy will, and to do it fully.

Love is shown more in deeds than in words.

There are two guarantees of a wise rule of conduct: the though before action, and self-command afterward.

God's way in dealing with those whom He intends to admit soonest after this life into the possession of His everlasting glory, is to purify them in this world by the greatest afflictions and trials.

Love ought to consist in deeds more than in words.

To give, and not to count the cost to fight, and not to heed the wounds, to toil, and not to seek for rest, to labor, and not to ask for any reward, save that of knowing that we do thy will.

He who carries God in his heart bears heaven with him wherever he goes.

Love ought to manifest itself in deeds rather than in words.... love consists in a mutual sharing of goods, for example, the lover gives and shares with the beloved what he possesses, or something of that which he has or is able to give; and vice versa, the beloved shares with the lover. Hence, if one has knowledge, he shares it with the one who does not possess it; and so also if one has honors, or riches. Thus, one always gives to the other.

True, I am in love with suffering, but I do not know if I deserve the honor.

A precious crown is reserved in heaven for those who perform all their actions with all the diligence of which they are capable; for it is not sufficient to do our part well; it must be done more than well.

He who forgets himself in the service of God may be assured that God will not forget Him.

O my God, teach me to be generous, teach me to serve you as I should, to give without counting the cost, to fight without fear of being wounded, to work without seeking rest, to labor without expecting any reward, but the knowledge that I am doing your most holy will.

We should always be disposed to believe that that which appears white is really black, if the hierarchy of the Church so decides

All the things in this world are gifts of God, created for us, to be the means by which we can come to know him better, love him more surely, and serve him more faithfully.

How few there are who avail themselves of the precious blood of Jesus to purchase their salvation.

One of the most admirable effects of holy communion is to preserve the soul from sin, and to help those who fall through weakness to rise again. It is much more profitable, then, to approach this divine Sacrament with love, respect, and confidence, than to remain away through an excess of fear and scrupulosity.

We should always be prepared so as never to err to believe that what I see as white is black, if the hierarchic Church defines it thus.

Among the gifts of grace which the soul receives in holy communion there is one that must be numbered among the highest. It is, that holy communion does not permit the soul to remain long in sin, nor to obstinately persevere in it.

I will carefully consider how, on the day of judgment, I would wish to have discharged my office or my duty; and the way I would wish to have done it then I shall do now.

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Spanish Knight from a Basque noble family, Hermit, Priest and Theologian, Founded the Society of Jesus