St. Ignatius of Loyola

statue of St. Ignatius of Loyola

St. Ignatius of Loyola Statue

St. Ignatius of Loyola (Spain) was the founder of the Jesuit Priests. Feastday: July 31

In 1521 when in the military protecting a Spanish town from the French, a cannon struck St. Ignatius. It wounded one leg and broke the other one.  He could no longer be a soldier in the military. The broken leg didn’t heal right, so the doctors had to break it again. They didn’t have anesthetics and St. Ignatius survived a painful operation that might have killed other people.  When they reset the bone, it stuck out below the knee, and made that leg much shorter than the other. He didn’t like it sticking out, so he had the doctors cut off the part of the bone that stuck out. He tried stretching his leg, but it didn’t work, so the rest of his life he always walked with a limp. Children made fun of him. I imagine adults may have made fun of him, too.

After his surgery, the only reading material available for him to read was the lives of the Saints. He experienced a vision of the Virgin Mary and the infant Jesus while at the shrine of Our Lady of Montserrat in March 1522. He decided to become a soldier in the Catholic Faith. Knelt in prayer for 7 hours a day in a cave. He created exercises meant to help people get closer to God.  He traveled to the Holy Land to see where Jesus lived. He founded the Order of Jesuit Priests.


Think about how you and St. Ignatius of Loyola are alike. You might limp through life at different stages. You might not have a clear view of yourself. You might see yourself as limping, when you actually walk better than you used to.

Think about the people who don’t have legs. They would love to swap places with those who have both legs, even if they had to limp from place to place. The grass may seem greener on the other side. Other people may seem to have it better than you. Actually each person has rough things to go through. However, when we have an open relationship with God. When we talk with him and trust in him to help us make the best of our bodies and minds, then we won’t be limping spiritually. We will one day be soaring with God in heaven.

I hope you enjoyed reading my blog. I am honored that you are here.

Turn your flaws into assets; love yourself as God loves you.
Joan Y. Edwards


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