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St. Ignatius of Loyola

Confessor

July 31

ST. IGNATIUS was born at Loyola in Spain, in the year 1491. He served his king as a courtier and a soldier till his thirtieth year. At that age, being laid low by a wound, he received the call of divine grace to leave the world. He embraced poverty and humiliation, that he might become more like to Christ, and won others to join him in the service of God. Prompted by their love for Jesus Christ, Ignatius and his companions made a vow to go to the Holy Land, but war broke out, and prevented the execution of their project. Then they turned to the Vicar of Jesus Christ, and placed themselves under his obedience. This was the beginning of the Society of Jesus. Our Lord promised St. Ignatius that the precious heritage of His Passion should never fail his Society, a heritage of contradictions and persecutions. St. Ignatius was cast into prison at Salamanca, on a suspicion of heresy. To a friend who expressed sympathy with him on account of his imprisonment, he replied, "It is a sign that you have but little love of Christ in your heart, or you would not deem it so hard a fate to be in chains for His sake. I declare to you that all Salamanca does not contain as many fetters, manacles, and chains as I long to wear for the love of Jesus Christ." St. Ignatius went to his crown on the 31st July, 1556.
Reflection. —Ask St. Ignatius to obtain for you the grace to desire ardently the greater glory of God, even though it may cost you much suffering and humiliation.

Lives Of The Saints By Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. Edition www.globalgrey.co.uk




Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS

Introit • Philip 2, 10, 11

In the name of Jesus let every knee bow of those that are in heave, on earth, and under the earth; and let every tongue confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God, the Father. Ps. 8, 2. O Lord, our Lord, how wonderful is thy name in the whole earth! Glory be …

Collect (Prayer)

O God, Who, to spread abroad the greater glory of Thy name, didst, through blessed Ignatius, strengthen the Church militant with a new reinforcement, grant that we, who are fighting on earth by his help and after his example, may deserve to be crowned with him in heaven. Through our Lord.

Epistle • 2 Tim. 2, 8-10; 3, 10-12

Lesson from the Epistle of blessed Paul the Apostle to the Timothy.

[He warneth them against false teachers. He counts all other things loss, that he may gain Christ.]

Early beloved, Be mindful that the Lord Jesus Christ is risen again from the dead, of the seed of David, according to my gospel. Wherein I labour even unto bands, as an evildoer; but the word of God is not bound. Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation, which is in Christ Jesus, with heavenly glory. But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, patience,
Persecutions, afflictions: such as came upon me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra: what persecutions I endured, and out of them all the Lord delivered me. And all that will live godly in Christ Jesus, shall suffer persecution.

Gradual • Ps. 91, 13, 14

The just shall flourish like the palm-tree; he shall grow up like the cedar of Libanus in the house of the Lord. To show forth Thy mercy in the morning and Thy truth in the night.

Alleluia, alleluia. James 1, 12. Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he hath been proved, he shall receive the crown of life. Alleluia.


Gospel • Luke 10, 1-9

Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Luke. 

[Christ sends forth and instructs his seventy-two disciples. The good Samaritan.]

At that time, the Lord appointed also other seventy-two: and he sent them two and two before his face into every city and place whither he himself was to come. And he said to them: The harvest indeed is great, but the labourers are few. Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he send labourers into his harvest. Go: Behold I send you as lambs among wolves. Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes; and salute no man by the way. Into whatsoever house you enter, first say: Peace be to this house.
And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon him; but if not, it shall return to you. And in the same house, remain, eating and drinking such things as they have: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Remove not from house to house. And into what city soever you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you. And heal the sick that are therein, and say to them: The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.

Offertory • Ps. 88, 25

My truth and My mercy shall be with him: and in My name shall his horn be exalted.

Secret

May the kind intercessions of St. Ignatius be with our offerings, O Lord God, that the most holy mysteries, in which Thou hast established the fountain of all sanctity, may in very truth sanctify us likewise. Through our Lord.

Communion • Luke 12, 49

I am come to send fire upon the earth, and what will I but that it be enkindled.

Postcommunion

May the sacrifice of praise, O Lod, which with thanksgiving we have offered Thee, in honor of St. Ignatius, bring us, by his intercession, to the everlasting praise of Thy majesty. Through our Lord.