Am I being disrespectful to St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus? His feast day this coming Friday marks the 459th anniversary of his death.
Not at all. I am just enjoying the Loyola Press website, Find Your Inner Iggy. There’s even a very contemporary drawing of the saint. I have to admit this did initially give me pause. I had always pictured Ignatius as the heroic figure on the wall of the apse in the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, where I grew up. That Ignatius was a little beyond me. Iggy, on the other hand, is more approachable.
Ignatius remains a lively presence in today’s church, speaking as a friend to generations of Catholics, Christians, non-Christians, even non-believers, through the multi-media ministries of his companions. The Jesuits remain relevant to every generation, especially young adults, because they have followed their founder’s directive to find God in all things – including social media.
So Happy Feast Day, good companion. You look better every day!
More Ignatian websites:
Thinking Faith – published by British Jesuits
The Jesuit Post – published by Jesuits in formation
Sacred Space – daily prayer in a multitude of languages, courtesy of the Irish Jesuits
Loyola Press – a Jesuit Ministry and great site for family ministry
The Jesuit Collaborative — an innovative organization helping people grow closer to God through Ignatian sprituality