Statue of St Ignatius in the Gesu Church Rome.
It's one of my favourite saints today - Ignatius of Loyola.The readings recommended for the office were particularly apt. Isaiah 61:10 - 62:5 reflects well Ignatius's joyful proclamation of the Gospel. Romans 8:18-27 covers so much of his life. The suffering from his wounds at Pamplona, his struggles at Manresa, and the prayer that comes from contemplation that is beyond words using the Ignatian method. Whilst I would describe myself as having moved on from my deeply Ignatian phase of spirituality these days, I remain grateful for his influence and the tools his approach gave me. So today I remembered those who introduced me to his approach - Donald Nicholson and Gero Mcloughlin SJ and prayed also for the 1st Jesuit Pope, Francis. Ignatius's courage vision and discipline remain an inspiration for all Christians and a source of blessing for many.