St. Ignatius of Loyola

BY CHRIS KERRJuly 26, 2011

Greetings from the Ignatian Solidarity Network!

St. Ignatius of Loyola

As we celebrate the Feast Day of St. Ignatius of Loyola (July 31st), we have a chance to pause and reflect on all the efforts for social justice that happen each day throughout our Ignatian family.  Ignatius and those who have followed in his footsteps have taught us that our ongoing search for the presence of God’s love in our world cannot be separated from the harsh realities that exist, especially for our brothers and sisters who are most vulnerable.

Amidst the celebrations and struggles of our own lives, we know that throughout the world there is great injustice faced by God’s people – continued efforts for liberation in countries like Libya and Syria; ongoing battles against poverty and disease throughout the continent of Africa; and even the challenges that people in our own country face as the economic reality continue to cause great distress for neighbors and family alike. The spirituality of St. Ignatius calls us to seek God’s love through our response to these realities. Ignatius said:

 

“Love consists of sharing

what one has

and what one is

with those one loves.

Love ought to show itself in deeds

more than words.”
Creighton University students, Ignatian Family Teach-In 2010

These words certainly ring true as we consider all the work for justice being acted out throughout the Ignatian family.  Recently we have heard exciting news of many “deeds” that demonstrate the love Ignatius describes, including: Creighton University students working with the Catholic Network Social Justice Lobby in Washington DC; Loyola Academy students being mentioned in an article about advocacy efforts for the DREAM Act; and 600+ people who have already signed up for the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Social Justice in November in Washington, DC.

The coming months will bring many more “deeds” that call us into a deeper understanding of God’s love – and for this we can be very grateful.

Thank you for continuing to be part of the Ignatian Solidarity Network.  Many blessings on this Feast Day of St. Ignatius of Loyola!

Sincerely,

Christopher Kerr

Christopher Kerr

Executive Director

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