Teach us, Good Lord

Today Mother Church celebrates the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits. A wonderful man with a generous spirit. He wrote the most beautiful prayer: “Teach us, Good Lord, to serve you as you deserve, to give without counting the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to ask for any reward, except knowing that we do thy will.”  This says much about Ignatius, the Jesuits, and we Christians. First, we are always in a state of needing to be taught. Second, God in his love teaches us. Third, we are meant for service, just as Ignatius vowed himself to offer as he lay on what he thought could be his death bed. Fourth, we are meant to give and give generously. Fifth, we are to fight against evil and for good….and to fight mightily as soldiers of Christ in the Church Militant. The Jesuits were always the first to defend the Pope and the Church. Sixth, we are meant to toil and toil mightily and without need for earthly rewards.  The reward is knowing we do God’s will, and that’s what it’s all about!