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Saint Ignatius Loyola: Saint Peter's Basilica, Rome



ANIMA IGNATIANA - The Ignatian Spirit


“In the beginning [that is, in his sinful youth] I resembled St. Paul. For the middle and end of my life, may it please the sovereign Bounty not to refuse me all His most holy grace so that I may resemble all those who have been His true servants. And if I am ever about to offend Him or relax in anything which relates to His holy service and praise, may that Bounty take me from this life before that happens.”
   June, 1532. To his brother, Don Martin de Oñaz
“O God, God infinitely good, how do you bear with a sinner such as I am?”
   Della Vita e dell’Instituto by Daniele Bartoli
“I could never persuade myself that these two things are so combined in any other man as in myself - on my part to have sinned so much, and on God’s part to have received so many blessings from Him.”
   The Acts of Father Ignatius by Luis Gonzáles
“I have never treated of the things of God with a great sinner without finding him better than myself, and without having gained much good from him for my soul.”
   Vita by Wolarci
Realizing how often he had sinned and offended our Lord, he had often wished that the divine Majesty might take away from him such abundant consolations to punish him for his faults ... but that, so great was the mercy and gentleness of our Lord in his regard, that it seemed that the more he sinned, the more he understood his sins and desired to expiate them, so much the more did our Lord give Himself to him and open to him the treasure of His consolations and gifts.
   The Acts of Father Ignatius by Luis Gonzáles
“May it please our Lady to stand between us, poor sinners, and her Son and Lord. May she obtain for us the grace that in the midst of our sorrows and trials, she may make our cowardly and sad spirits strong and joyous to praise Him.”
   December 6, 1524. To Ines Pascual
“The contempt of small faults is often more dangerous than contempt of important faults. When we commit the later, shame accuses them automatically and they are noticed at once. Not so with the others: we do not realize the harm they do till long after.”
   S. Ignatii Apophtegmata by P. Hadrianus Lyraeus


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