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Liturgical day: July 31st: St. Ignatius of Loyola

Gospel text (Lk 14,25-33): Large crowds were walking along with Jesus, He turned and said to them, «Whoever does not follow me carrying his own cross cannot be my disciple». One day, when large crowds were walking along with Jesus, He turned and said to them, «If you come to me, without being ready to give up your love for your father and mother, your spouse and children, your brothers and sisters, and indeed yourself, you cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not follow me carrying his own cross cannot be my disciple.

»Do you build a house without first sitting down to count the cost to see whether you have enough to complete it? Otherwise, if you have laid the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone will make fun of you: ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish’. And when a king wages war against another king, does he go to fight without first sitting down to consider whether his ten thousand can stand against the twenty thousand of his opponent? And if not, while the other is still a long way off he sends messengers for peace talks.

»In the same way, none of you may become my disciple if he doesn't give up everything he has».

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today is the feast of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. He lived years of courtly life, by dreaming with an air of "chivalrous" greatness. But his forced convalescence, owing to a serious war wound, was a providential opportunity to quietly read the lives of Jesus Christ and some saints. This "stirred up" his spirit, and he started to wonder: «What if I would do the same as Saint Francis or Saint Domingo?».

—Saint Ignatius, by stripping himself off things and dreams, began to surrender to a life of prayer and attention to others. In that voyage, some other colleagues joined him to found the Society of Jesus.