What I like about St. Ignatius of Loyola

This is a social media post on Instagram and Facebook. But I’d like to post this here too under my Journal, because it is this image that inspires me.

This is my favourite image of St. Ignatius of Loyola, which I chanced upon in Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. I was in LMU in 2011. The artist, Bill McElcheran, titled it, “Ignatius Loyola Pilgrim.”

However, what struck me most is his stance at another angle: Ignatius leans forward, bravely facing the wind, while holding fast to the Spiritual Exercises. It illustrates his spirit: the courage to face challenges, to be counter-cultural to anything against God, humanity and creation, as well as, to be forward-looking.

It struck me as a rationale for being adventurous, creative, experimental and at home with life’s tensions.

But what he holds also tells me what is unchanging: the Spiritual Exericses at best anchors me in a personal, riveting and deep encounter with Jesus. It tells me what a Jesuit should be—what I should be—and that it is a personal imperative and great desire: It is what I really want to be and become but rooted in the here and now. Happy Feastday to all! Keep inspiring, St. Ignatius, my fav saint!

I always ask: What more can we do for Christ? 

Published by Jboy Gonzales SJ

TV/Digital host: Kape't Pandasal. Vlog: YT On the Line. Environment, Youth Formation. Music. Leadership. Always dancing to a different drum.

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