Sunday, July 30, 2006
Feast, St Ignatius of Loyola, Priest
July 31, 2006
Feast, St Ignatius of Loyola, Priest
Monday 17th Week in Ordinary Time - Yr II
The LORD said to me: Go buy yourself a linen loincloth;wear it on your
loins, but do not put it in water.I bought the loincloth, as the LORD
commanded, and put it on.A second time the word of the LORD came to me
thus:Take the loincloth which you bought and are wearing,and go now to
the Parath;there hide it in a cleft of the rock.Obedient to the LORD's
command, I went to the Parathand buried the loincloth.After a long
interval, the LORD said to me: Go now to the Parath and fetch the
loinclothwhich I told you to hide there.Again I went to the Parath,
sought out and took the loinclothfrom the place where I had hid it.But
it was rotted, good for nothing!Then the message came to me from the
LORD: Thus says the LORD:So also I will allow the pride of Judah to
rot,the great pride of Jerusalem.This wicked people who refuse to obey
my words,who walk in the stubbornness of their hearts,and follow
strange gods to serve and adore them,shall be like this loincloth which
is good for nothing.For, as close as the loincloth clings to a man's
loins,so had I made the whole house of Israeland the whole house of
Judah cling to me, says the LORD;to be my people, my renown, my praise,
my beauty.But they did not listen.
He told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard
seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the
smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of
garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and
perch in its branches." He told them still another parable: "The
kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a
large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough." Jesus
spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say
anything to them without using a parable. So was fulfilled what was
spoken through the prophet: "I will open my mouth in parables, I will
utter things hidden since the creation of the world."
St. Ignatius of Loyola was a soldier. At his ancestral home, the Loyola
castle in the Basque country, he was recuperating after his leg had
been shattered in battle by a cannon ball. All he had to occupy his
time were his daydreams. Ignatius asked for books. The only books
available were on the life of Christ and a biography of the saints. To
alleviate the boredom, Ignatius read these. Gradually his daydreaming
changed. He began to see himself doing great deeds for Christ. And he
asked, "If Francis of Assisi, if Dominic could do such daring deeds for
Christ, could not I also do great deeds for him?"
Then Ignatius made a marvelous discovery. After an adventuresome and
romantic daydream, he felt flat, empty, without enthusiasm or interest.
After daydreaming about exploits for Christ, however, there lingered
with him an aliveness, an expansiveness, an enthusiastic interest in
life. He recognized that God was speaking to him through his feelings,
that it would be in the service of Christ rather than in the pursuit of
soldierly and romantic goals that he would find joy and fulfillment.
Ignatius had stumbled upon what we have come to call the "discernment
of spirits," a method of entering into oneself and reading and
interpreting one's feelings to find God's will. As the years passed,
Ignatius developed and fine-tuned this original insight into the
dynamics of spiritual growth, until it has become, along with his
Spiritual Exercises and the Society of Jesus, one of his greatest and
most valuable legacies to Christ's Church.
How many times have we contemplated what Jesus means to us? In today's
Gospel, this question is asked clearly by Jesus to his disciples. St.
Ignatius saw the Lord as someone to know, love, and serve; someone we
can turn to at times of crisis and happiness; someone who is there for
us when we are in need. Today as we celebrate the feast day of St.
Ignatius of Loyola. Can we see Christ as St. Ignatius saw him?
We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- for the continued recovery of Aida.
- for the speedy recovery of Cadio.
- for the wisdom and guidance of Jasmin. (7/28 to Aug 8)
- for the personal intentions of Lydia and Jennette. (7/28 to Aug 8)
- for the speedy recovery of the Father of Hero Yu
- for the speedy recovery of Fr. Barbero
- for the special intention of Gilbert Son.
- for the continued and complete healing of Ding Vidanes.
- for the healing and personal intentions of Cherie.
- for the speedy recovery of Charlie Castro
- for the personal intentions and speedy recovery Lourdes Barayoga
- for the personal intentions of Pat and Linda Manzon.
- for the personal intentions of Domingo Barayoga, Jr.
- for the personal intentions of Glenn and Julie Manzon
- for the personal intentions of Estellita and Buddy Escamilla
- for the personal intentions of Ma. Fe & Tootsie De Castro
- for the personal intentions of Glenda & Joel Bisco
- for the personal intentions of Churchill & Mariecho Barayoga
- for the personal intentions of Mary Ann and Charlie Castro
- for the personal intentions of Kristenelle and Oliver
- for the personal intentions and speedy recovery of Sis. Janet and
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Domingo Barayoga Sr. Eternal
rest grant unto him and may perpetual light shine upon Him. May he
and all the souls of the dearly departed rest in peace.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Wedding Anniversary: Jonathan & Virginia H. Gotamco
- Birthday: Becky Villegas
- In Memoriam (+): Francis L. Dano
- In Memoriam (+): Arch. Florencio K. Tan (Sept 22, 1918-July 30, 1998)
- for world peace and reconciliation.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our
prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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