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Our Mother of Good Counsel,
located in Bryn Mawr, PA,
just 20 minutes west of Philadelphia,
St. Ignatius of Loyola
In the last three days of July the Church honors three saints from different eras of our history. On July 29th, we remember St. Martha. Martha along with her sister Mary and her brother Lazarus were dear friends of Jesus. On July 30th, we remember St. Peter Chrysologus. Peter died 450 years after Jesus. He was one of the Church’s greatest preachers. The people of Ravenna, where he was Bishop, gave him the nickname “Chrysologus” which in Greek means “of golden speech.” And July 31st is the feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola.
St. Ignatius is one of the founders of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and was their first Superior. Since our beloved Pope Francis is the first Jesuit ever to be the Bishop of Rome, I thought some might enjoy knowing more about the “first” Jesuit. Ignatius was born in the Basque region of Spain in 1491. He died in 1556. He was the youngest of thirteen children in a noble family. At the age of 30 he was badly wounded in battle. During his long recovery period he read many books about Christ and the saints. His reflections on those readings profoundly affected him and the Church.
Ignatius moved to Paris and studied for ten years. In 1534, along with a group of fellow students, he founded the Jesuits. They traveled to Rome and put themselves at the service of the Pope. In 1540, Pope Paul III formally approved the “Society.” Ignatius’ energy and administrative skills are legendary. Within 15 years, there were over 1,000 Jesuits serving around the globe. Jesuits engage in many ministries but concentrate themselves in education and the missions. Today they number over 18,000.
May God continue to bless the Jesuits and their ministries, especially the one in Rome!
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Morning Prayer at OMGC
Here at Our Mother of Good Counsel, each Monday through Saturday morning, we celebrate Morning Prayer in common following the 8:00am Mass. Everyone is invited (around 8:30am) to join us in the daily chapel for this beautiful way to begin the day!
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