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Prayer to St. Ignatius of Loyola

by Ms. Barbara Magallona, HS English teacher

This prayer was prepared by Ms. Barbara Magallona of the HS English Department and was delivered by Miguel de Jesus of H4B during the HS Prayer Service commemorating the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola last July 30, 2008.

“I was carried away with the vanities of the world. I had, in my activities a great and vain desire of winning honor.”

One man wrote these lines in the sixteenth century.

In today’s lingo, these words would be paraphrased to “Man, I wish I could sport the bling-bling and drive up in a tiny little sports car. I wish I were the man.”St. Ignatius of Loyola

Have you ever entertained these thoughts? Have you ever dreamed up such a scenario in your mind? If you have, then you are on the same wavelength as Ignatius Loyola once was five hundred years ago. He admitted to being drawn to the wealth of the world until he was wounded in battle and forced to recuperate for a long time. While recovering from his wounds, he read about the lives of the saints and of the mission of Christ.

Today, on the event of his feast we reflect on this man’s extraordinary life of conversion, contemplation, and courage.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Heavenly Father,

Allow us to reflect on the life of St. Ignatius of Loyola. We have been told many times of how he served God, offered his sword to Mary, tamed and mentored the fiery Francis Xavier and gathered men to help found the Society of Jesus. We scribble the acronym AMDG atop our test papers, use the word “magis” as a battlecry during schoolwide projects and interscholastic competitions, and appreciate teachers who have a touch of cura personalis in them. We have even adopted the examen, which stems from the Spiritual Exercises, in school. Yes, in our own way we remember and celebrate the life and teachings of St. Ignatius.

St. IgnatiusYet, today, Lord, help us to learn and to gather courage from the struggles of St. Ignatius. Enlighten us with the possibility that anyone of us – the Xavier Awardee, the basketball team captain, the ones with an APS status, and the students with pending disciplinary cases – can be called by You to render You service. Hearten us with the knowledge that courage is borne out of fire and that the important thing is not to know and to identify men for others. Let us focus then on the path one takes in becoming men for others. This will require living a life beyond our comfort zones – it will require strength and sacrifice. Let St. Ignatius be our model and our guide in this, a lifetime call to be of service to God and to our fellowmen.


St. Ignatius of Loyola, pray for us.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


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