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ON THE FEAST OF ST IGNATIUS LOYOLA

Here is a delightful poem for your prayerful contemplation as you remember and celebrate the life of Iñigo López de Loyola.

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Ignatius
boy-soldier
hoodlum courtier
day-old dreamer
smashed up good in war
convalescent convert
cannonball Christian
crippled companion
with a knack for re-routing attacks

lend us your gift for woundedness
that turns a shot around
then takes its aim at holiness

think of all the saints
you could socialise
if only you hobbled now into Syria
and taught the fallen your techniques

we’ve got sufficient lead and bloodshed
to gild the whole world
with your inside-out-going
alchemy.

Greg Kennedy, SJ, is a Jesuit scholastic, in his third year of Theological Studies at Regis College, Toronto. 

Image | Ignatius at Manresa by Montserrat Gudiol (1991). The painting is at Manresa.ignatius boy soldier posted 31 july 2018