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St. Ignatius of Loyola, pray for your sons!

On this, the heavenly birthday of St. Ignatius of Loyola, let us read the martyrology for his feast from the traditional Roman Martyrology:

Romæ natális sancti Ignátii, Presbyteri et Confessóris, qui Fundátor éxstitit Societátis Iesu, atque vir fuit sanctitáte et miráculis clarus, ac religiónis cathólicæ ubíque dilatándæ studiosíssimus; quem Pius Undécimus, Póntifex Máximus, cæléstem ómnium Exercitiórum spirituálium Patrónum constítuit.

"At Rome, the birthday of St. Ignatius, priest and confessor, founder of the Society of Jesus, renowned for sanctity and miracles, and most zealous for propagating the Catholic religion in all parts of the world. Pope Pius XI declared him to be the heavenly patron of all spiritual retreats."

May we also learn to imitate your piety and zeal, O holy Ignatius, and may your prayers bring the Church a renewed faithfulness to the Catholic faith and to the propagation of that faith among all peoples -- and please pray for your sons, the Society of Jesus, that they all will recover your charism.


  1. Anonymous3:04 AM

    St Ignatius, Patron of retreats!"
    What recognition by the Holy Father!

    New Catholic rightly urges us to pray for his protection and light!

    How necessary and timely it is, is seen today for no one even bothered to comment on this Blog's present post!

    How true.

    When I was helping to give eleven conferences for one retreat at the SSPX Our Lady of Sorrow's Retreat Center in Phoenix, aming other good things I found out that in the aftermath of the Council the Jesuits gave up giving retreats in the manner of St Ignatius' Spiritual Exercises.

    But the SSPX's 4 retreat centers are flourishing and participants travel thousands of miles to revive their spiritual lives by the Ignatian retreats!
    I myself learned for the first time what treasure the Jesuits gave up by abandoning the Ignatian Exercises! What blessings and refreshments they are for the soul!
    Father Stephen, o.f.m.

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  3. Probably no one commented on it because they couldn't, due to some Blogger difficulties . . . .

  4. "aftermath of the Council the Jesuits gave up giving retreats in the manner of St Ignatius' Spiritual Exercises."

    the Spirtual Exercises were such a blessing for Catholics willing to progress in spirtual life. I am sure
    a lot of people miss these pre-V2 Ignatian retreats very much, and would love to have them back!

  5. Anonymous4:43 PM

    "St. Ignatius of Loyola, pray for your sons!"

    Indeed, they are desperatly in need of it. Their new superior general is proving himself to be more in the mold of Pedro Arrupe, than was Hans Kollvenbach. And there's the danger. The Jesuits are now being lead by a man every bit as radical and progressive as was Arrupe.
    The Jesuits have declined (believe it or not), almost 20,000 members since Vatican II (1965 totals, 36,101--------2008 totals (January- 18,821). Of that, barely 13,000 are priests, only 1,780 brothers in the entire world, only 2,200 seminarians in training, and worst of all, only 875 novices world-wide.
    The Order, corrupted nearly entirely by heterodoxy, femminism, radical ecumenism and given to espressions of liturgical deviations and inculturation has an average age of 63.2 for priests and nearly 67 for brothers.
    Over 2,200 Jesuit seminarians worldwide might sould like alot, but remember than in addition to the 6-8 years it takes to become a priest, the Jesuits also tack on another 2-3 years of extra training (at least that was the way it always had been). So given that, the 2,200 seminarians are spaced out over 8-12 years training, which means there are only about 200-225 Jesuits worldwide in training for each of the years. Which is pretty low. Below replacement level.
    The number of novices, 875, is the most grevious sign that the Order has even worse days coming, for the novices usually go on to enter the seminary (scholasticate), and with a huge defection rate (about 25%), during the 2 year novitiate, that leaves only a handful spread out across the world that will be entering Jesuit seminary formation in the next few years.
    In the USA alone, before Vatican II, there were almost 4,000 seminarians. Taking for granted that for all Europe before Vatican II there were an equal number of seminarians, and then add Latin America and India...Jesuit seminarians are down probably 85% from their totals before Vatican II.
    Today in the USA, there are less than 200.
    IN all of Europe, there were less than 70 novices that entered the Jesuits this year. And much less than than which entered in the USA.
    So, the prayer in the header of this post, "St. Ignatius of Loyola, pray for your sons!", is all the more necessary.
    Although it is probably too late for the Jesuits as an Order.
    Within 10 years, they will probably be nearly extinct, expecially in Europe.
    Yes, the situation for the Jesuits is THAT bad!!!

  6. Anonymous9:28 PM

    Let's give thanks to God for the bad trees will soon perish. As for Kolvenbach, he is Arrupian make not mistake about it.


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