I first heard of Ignatius of Loyola, really, through one of my courses when we learned about St. Francis Xavier, one of his companions and co-founders. I had an immediate connection with Francis Xavier (and still do) but it was he who drew me to Ignatius.
Through getting to know Francis Xavier, I became interested in Ignatian spirituality. The first time I prayed the Anima Christi, I cried. The first time I prayed the Suscipe, I felt known. These were words from Ignatius of Loyola that had filled my heart. I began praying the Examen every day (and still do) and my life changed. However, I didn’t think much of Ignatius himself until a few years later.
July 31, 2010:
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