Saint Ignatius

In the matter of learning, the difference between the earnest and the careless student stands out clearly. The same holds true in the mastering of passion and the weaknesses to which our nature is subject, as in the acquiring of virtue.Saint Ignatius

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For those who love, nothing is too difficult, especially when it is done for the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.Saint Ignatius

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Among the many signs of a lively faith and hope we have in eternal life, one of the surest is not being overly sad at the death of those whom we dearly love in our Lord.Saint Ignatius

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May the perfect grace and eternal love of Christ our Lord be our never-failing protection and help.Saint Ignatius

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Man was created to praise, reverence, and serve God our Lord and in this way to save his soul. The other things on Earth were created for man's use, to help him reach the end for which he was created.Saint Ignatius

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The safest and most suitable form of penance seems to be that which causes pain in the flesh but does not penetrate to the bones, that is, which causes suffering but not sickness.Saint Ignatius

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It is not hard to obey when we love the one whom we obey.Saint Ignatius

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May God our Lord never let me harm anyone when I cannot help him!Saint Ignatius

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Try to keep your soul always in peace and quiet, always ready for whatever our Lord may wish to work in you. It is certainly a higher virtue of the soul, and a greater grace, to be able to enjoy the Lord in different times and different places than in only one.Saint Ignatius

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We should love the body insofar as it is obedient and helpful to the soul, since the soul, with the body's help and service, is better disposed for the service and praise of our Creator and Lord.Saint Ignatius

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Concerning the harsh treatment of the body for our Lord's sake, I would say, avoid anything that would cause the shedding even of a drop of blood.Saint Ignatius

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Realize that illness and other temporal setbacks often come to us from the hand of God our Lord, and are sent to help us know ourselves better, to free ourselves of the love of created things, and to reflect on the brevity of this life and, thus, to prepare ourselves for the life which is without end.Saint Ignatius

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Teach us to give and not to count the cost.Saint Ignatius

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Considering that the blessed life we so long for consists in an intimate and true love of God Our Creator and Lord, which binds and obliges us all to a sincere love.Saint Ignatius

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So with that will prompt and prepared to serve all those whom I perceive to be servants of my Lord, I will speak of three things with simplicity and love as if I were speaking to my own soul.Saint Ignatius

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One rare and exceptional deed is worth far more than a thousand commonplace ones.Saint Ignatius

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Even in the angels there is the subordination of one hierarchy to another, and in the heavens, and all the bodies that are moved, the lowest by the highest and the highest in their turn unto the Supreme Mover of all.Saint Ignatius

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Remember that the good angels do what they can to preserve men from sin and obtain God's honor. But they do not lose courage when men fail.Saint Ignatius

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Be generous to the poor orphans and those in need. The man to whom our Lord has been liberal ought not to be stingy. We shall one day find in Heaven as much rest and joy as we ourselves have dispensed in this life.Saint Ignatius

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If God has given you the world's goods in abundance, it is to help you gain those of Heaven and to be a good example of sound teaching to your sons, servants, and relatives.Saint Ignatius

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Experience proves that in this life peace and satisfaction are had, not by the listless but by those who are fervent in God's service. And rightly so. For in their effort to overcome themselves and to rid themselves of self-love, they rid themselves of the roots of all passion and unrest.Saint Ignatius

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What St. Francis and St. Dominic have done, that, by God's grace, I will do.Saint Ignatius

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Be slow to speak, and only after having first listened quietly, so that you may understand the meaning, leanings, and wishes of those who do speak. Thus you will better know when to speak and when to be silent.Saint Ignatius

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It is not the soul alone that should be healthy; if the mind is healthy in a healthy body, all will be healthy and much better prepared to give God greater service.Saint Ignatius

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While studying at Barcelona, Ignatius was in doubt whether, after completing his studies, he should enter some Religious Order, or go from place to place, according to his custom. He decided to enter upon the religious life.Saint Ignatius

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In the light of the Divine Goodness, it seems to me, though others may think differently, that ingratitude is the most abominable of sins and that it should be detested in the sight of our Creator and Lord by all of His creatures who are capable of enjoying His divine and everlasting glory.Saint Ignatius

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Occupy yourself in beholding and bewailing your own imperfections rather than contemplating the imperfections of others.Saint Ignatius

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The more completely we focus our attention on our Creator and Lord, the less chance there is of our being distracted by creatures.Saint Ignatius

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The principal end both of my father and of myself in the conquest of India... has been the propagation of the holy Catholic faith.Saint Ignatius

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We should always be disposed to believe that that which appears white is really black, if the hierarchy of the Church so decides.Saint Ignatius

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