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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Discretion is necessary in spiritual life. It is its part to restrain the exercises in the way of perfection, so as to keep us between the two extremes.

Imagine that leader of all the enemy, in that great plain of Babylon, sitting on a sort of throne of smoking flame, a horrible and terrifying sight. Watch him calling together countless devils, to despatch them into different cities till the whole world is covered, forgetting no province or locality, no class or single individual.

Teach us to give and not to count the cost

Do nothing, say nothing before considering if that which you are about to say or do is pleasing to God, profitable to yourself, and edifying to your neighbor.

It is an act as rare as it is precious, to transact business with many people, without ever forgetting God or oneself.

That which would have easily been remedied at first, becomes incurable by time and habit.

Few souls understand what God would accomplish in them if they were to abandon themselves unreservedly to Him and if they were to allow His grace to mold them accordingly.

It is not enough that I should serve God by myself: I must help the hearts of all to love him and the tongues of all to praise him.

The enemy is like a woman, weak in face of opposition, but correspondingly strong when not opposed. In a quarrel with a man, it is natural for a woman to lose heart and run away when he faces up to her on the other hand, if the man begins to be afraid and to give ground, her rage, vindictiveness and fury overflow and know no limit.

Give me only your love and your grace. With this I am rich enough, and I have no more to ask.

It is not hard to obey when we love the one whom we obey.

The principal end both of my father and of myself in the conquest of India... has been the propagation of the holy Catholic faith.

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.

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