“Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave…”
Philippians 2: 5-6
July 31, 2011
Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola
St. Ignatius began as a military soldier. Wounded in battle, he examined his life. Led by the Spirit he then put all his energy in the service of God and the Church. Reflecting on his own experience, he wrote the Spiritual Exercises, arguably the most significant retreat manual in the Catholic Church. He founded the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and sent missionaries such as St. Francis Xavier throughout the known world. Generosity and magnanimity in the service of God would be his hallmark, and one that every person should strive to practice.
Teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve.
To give and not to cost the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds;
to toil and not to seek for rest;
to labor and not ask for reward,
save that of knowing that I am doing your will.
Prayer in harmony with the life, spirit and work of St. Ignatius Loyola
Rev. Peter Schineller, S.J., CMMB Board of Directors
As the Vatican continues its international Commission investigating the ongoing apparitions of Medjugorje, under the leadership of Cardinal Camillo Ruini and the CDF, the Holy See should not ignore an important, but little known, fact about these Marian apparitions. They were confirmed as being authentic by the main visionary of Fatima, Sister Lucia dos Santos, who not only confirmed but also reported experiencing apparitions of Our Lady of Medjugorje in the convent.
According to Sister Lucia’s own nephew, Father Salinho — a Salesian priest who lives in Portugal — Sister Lucia continued receiving visions of the Virgin Mary long after 1917, and some of these apparitions of the Virgin spoke to Sister Lucia of the Madonna’s continued work in Medjugorje. This report of Father Salinho’s was documented by the French author Sister Emmanuel Maillard in her book Medjugorje, Triumph of the Heart! (Queenship, 2004), a revised edition of Sister Emmanuel’s earlier popular work, Medjugorje: the 90s. Pope John Paul II met with Sister Emmanuel, was given a copy of her earlier book, and therefore this knowledge – between Fatima’s main visionary and the apparitions in Medjugorje – may not have been foreign to the Vatican.
Continue reading this important article here: http://www.medjugorjemiracles.com/2011/07/fatima-visionary-saw-and-confirmed-…
his face beaming.
missionary work was
never fulfilled. Instead he spent hours every day in the Confessional. In fact, at his canonization John Paul referred to Saint Leopold as "the Confessor." How many crosses did he bear in hearing so many confessions?