I love this feast day and am grateful to be a part of his vision! St Ignatius of Loyola has had a big impact on my life and is definitely a member of my “Saint Posse.”
My mother was Jesuit educated and I joke that I was Jesuit educated from birth, but it is probably pretty accurate. It was a Jesuit college that introduced me to my Catholic faith truly and boldly for the first time. God took hold of my heart there and led me to an amazing career in Religious Education where I was intimately involved in people’s lives and hearts and they in mine. My husband’s family has a number of members who became Jesuits. The Jesuit college was where I met my late husband who I was blessed to know for 23 years. Unbeknownst to either of us until quite close to his passing, we both were praying prayers of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Jeffrey’s was for generosity,
Prayer for Generosity (St. Ignatius of Loyola)
Lord, teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
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 reward,
save that of knowing that I do your will.
mine for surrender.
Suscipe (St. Ignatius of Loyola)
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding
and my entire will,
All I have and call my own.
You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.
Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace.
That is enough for me.
Those prayers led us and helped us open our souls to God’s will for us throughout the battle. Cancer did not claim Jeff, he used it as a tool to share God’s love with others and teach them of grace and mercy. As he was dying he was thanking his doctor and nurses for their love and care – generosity. It was powerful beyond words.
Men of the Jesuit order have been my friends, confessors, and guides. I am honored to have been exposed to this amazing community of men dedicated to service and education. I know that I owe a great deal of who I am to this man, St. Ignatius of Loyola, because of his surrender and sharing of his insights. Thank you St. Ignatius and companions – AMDG!