• Missionary Union of Priest & Religious
  • Missionary Union of Priest & Religious
  • Missionary Union of Priest & Religious
  • Missionary Union of Priest & Religious
  • Missionary Union of Priest & Religious
  • Missionary Union of Priest & Religious

Gospel Mk 12:38-44

In the course of his teaching Jesus said to the crowds,
"Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes
and accept greetings in the marketplaces,
seats of honor in synagogues,
and places of honor at banquets.
They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext
recite lengthy prayers.
They will receive a very severe condemnation."

He sat down opposite the treasury
and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury.
Many rich people put in large sums.
A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents.
Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them,
"Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more
than all the other contributors to the treasury.
For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth,
but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had,
her whole livelihood."

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July 31, 2014

Memorial of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Priest

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St. Ignatius of Loyola, the primary founder and first head of the Jesuits, knew what it meant to turn his back on the things of the world. A soldier in 16th-century Spain, he was moved by books about Christ and the saints to pursue a different way of living.  He studied intently and eventually joined with a band of other devout men to form the Society of Jesus. Instead of seeking his own desires, he sought to please our Lord, as shown in the Jesuit motto, “for the greater glory of God.” The Society became known for its education and missionary work. Before his death in 1556, Ignatius insured the strong beginnings of the Jesuits, including its special loyalty to the pope.

St. Ignatius entrusted himself and his work to God. “Blessed the one whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord, his God” (Psalm 146:5) Let us commit our lives to our Savior and do all He asks of us.

Suggested missionary action: We can imitate St. Ignatius by reading about Christ and the saints. We can use their example to help us grow in faith – and resolve to share our Christian belief with others.

And today, on the feast day of one of the founders of the Jesuits, let us offer a special prayer for our Holy Father, Pope Francis, who is the first Jesuit Pope.