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"Remember, I am with you always to the end of the age" (Mt 28:20)

On Preserving One's Health for God's Service: To Francesco De Attino

On Moderation in Penance: To Father Gaspar Berze, Rome, February 24, 1554

On Preferring the Universal Good of the Society over that of a Particular Province: To Father Jerónimo Doménech, Rome, January 13, 1554

On Sickness as an Exercise of Virtue: To Teutonio Da Bragança, Rome, January 1, 1554

A Letter of Encouragement: To Father Philip Leernus, Rome, December 30, 1553

On the Gift of Tears: To Father Nicholas Goudanus, Rome, November 22, 1553

On Prudence in Reading: To Hannibal de Coudret, Rome, August 27, 1553

Prayers for Germany and England: To the Whole Society, Rome, June 25, 1553

On Perfect Obedience: To the Members of the Society in Portugal, Rome, March 26, 1553

On Being Confessors to Kings: To Father Diego Miró, Rome, February 1, 1553

On Patience in Practicing Poverty: To the Members of the Society in Europe, Rome, December 24, 1552

On Dismissing the Disobedient: To Father Diego Miró, Rome, December 17, 1552

Principles for Ministry: To Those Sent to Minister to Others, Rome, October 8, 1552

I. In July 1521, a 30-year-old Basque knight, named Iñigo was brought home to recuperate after his cannonball experience in the battle of Pamplona—his watershed moment. The wounds on his lower limbs led to the first long lockdown in his life, about nine months, during which he read a life of Christ and a book on the lives of the saints, the only reading matter the Loyola castle afforded. He also killed time by recalling tales of martial valor and by day-dreaming about a great lady who captured his heart. Later when he was out of mortal danger, his attention was centered on the saints. This profoundly moved and attracted him that soon after he had barely recovered he resolved to do something about his many sins. To fulfill this he must embark on a journey towards conversion. He followed the holy austerities of the saints, e.g. Francis of Assisi and Dominic, that God sent as his first spiritual guides in his lifelong task towards holiness.
II. "That mission has its fullest meaning in Christ, and can only be understood through him. At its core, holiness is experiencing in union with Christ, the mysteries of his life… The contemplation of these mysteries, as St Ignatius of Loyola pointed out, leads us to incarnate them in our choices and attitudes" (Gaudete et Exsultate— Rejoice and Be Glad, 20).

St Ignatius of Loyola by Peter Paul Rubens c. 1622
III. "This spiritual poverty is closely linked to what St Ignatius of Loyola calls 'holy indifference', which brings us to a radiant interior freedom: 'We need to train ourselves to be indifferent to our attitude to all created things, in all that is permitted to our free will and not forbidden’ so that on our part, we do not set our hearts on good health rather than bad, riches rather than poverty, honour rather than dishonour, a long life rather than a short one, and so in all the rest" (Gaudete et Exsultate— Rejoice and Be Glad, 69).