'All for the greater glory of God'
Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola.
Today shall be a big day for our new pope, Francis. As a Jesuit, he will be celebrating the founder of his order, St Ignatius of Loyola.
Ignatius was born in 1491, a year before Columbus discovered America. As a young man he was a soldier and during a time of convalescence after an injury he a conversion.
Reading the lives of Jesus and the saints made Ignatius happy and aroused desires to do great things. Ignatius realized that these feelings were clues to God’s direction for him.
The gospel of today's feast talks about our human capacity to reason things out. The Jesuits are a very strong missionary order, vowing to go wherever the pope sends them, that is why it is apt that Ignatius was born a year before Columbus discovered America.
Pope Francis will most likely be thinking of where God had sent him; to be the shepherd of his flock all over the world. It is a mighty task and yet his Ignatian spirituality will tell him that God did not call him to this task without giving him the grace and ability to do the work.
It is somehow apt in these days when atheism appears to be the new religion that at the head of our Church we have a man from one of the great 'thinking' orders of our faith. Francis is sound in his theology and teaching.