July 31, 2013
St. Ignatius Loyola
Dear Friends of the Vocation Office:
“The greatest consolation he [St. Ignatius] received at this time was from gazing at the sky and stars, and he did this often and for quite a long time. The result of all this was that he felt within himself a strong impulse to serve our Lord.”
The Autobiography, No. 11
Padre Luis Gonzalez de Cȃmara
On the 31st of July the Society of Jesus celebrates the solemn feast of its founder — St. Ignatius Loyola. If there is one thing that stands out clearly from the life of Ignatius it is his personal relationship with Jesus. That bond with Jesus developed and was nurtured such that his commitment to serve became foundational for him and thus, his companions. Ignatius dedicated himself to service of Christ and His Church. Service from relationship and relationship from prayer — this dynamic embodies St. Ignatius.
On August 10th five men will commit themselves perpetually with vows of chastity, poverty and obedience. Their relationship with Jesus has prompted each of them to serve Him and the Church as a Jesuit. The men have been tried and tested and have come to believe, and know that Christ calls them in the depths of their heart. As we celebrate the feast of our founder, let us pray for the novices that they mayfurther embody their commitment to Christ and the Church. Let us recall too, in that same spirit of relationship, that Jesus calls us to serve.
+Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam,
Fr. Charles A. Frederico, SJ
Tri-Province Vocation Director