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Saint Ignatius quotes

Realize that illness and other temporal setbacks often come to us from the hand of God our Lord, and are sent to help us know ourselves better, to free ourselves of the love of created things, and to reflect on the brevity of this life and, thus, to prepare ourselves for the life which is without end.

Teach us to give and not to count the cost.

Remember that bodily exercise, when it is well ordered, as I have said, is also prayer by means of which you can please God our Lord.

May the perfect grace and eternal love of Christ our Lord be our never-failing protection and help.

The more completely we focus our attention on our Creator and Lord, the less chance there is of our being distracted by creatures.

We should always be disposed to believe that that which appears white is really black, if the hierarchy of the Church so decides.

Among the many signs of a lively faith and hope we have in eternal life, one of the surest is not being overly sad at the death of those whom we dearly love in our Lord.

Experience proves that in this life peace and satisfaction are had, not by the listless but by those who are fervent in God's service. And rightly so. For in their effort to overcome themselves and to rid themselves of self-love, they rid themselves of the roots of all passion and unrest.

The safest and most suitable form of penance seems to be that which causes pain in the flesh but does not penetrate to the bones, that is, which causes suffering but not sickness.

It is not hard to obey when we love the one whom we obey.

True, I am in love with suffering, but I do not know if I deserve the honor.

Concerning the harsh treatment of the body for our Lord's sake, I would say, avoid anything that would cause the shedding even of a drop of blood.

For those who love, nothing is too difficult, especially when it is done for the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.

God our Lord would have us look to the Giver and love Him more than His gift, keeping Him always before our eyes, in our hearts, and in our thoughts.

It is one thing to be eloquent and charming in profane speech, and another when the one speaking as a religious.

Little by little he came to recognize the difference between the spirits that agitated him, one from the enemy and one from God.

May God our Lord never let me harm anyone when I cannot help him!

May it please Christ our Lord to grant us true humility and abnegation of will and judgment, so that we may deserve to begin to be His disciples.

Occupy yourself in beholding and bewailing your own imperfections rather than contemplating the imperfections of others.

One rare and exceptional deed is worth far more than a thousand commonplace ones.