Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Priest

Intention: For all who have been entrusted with the responsibilities of leadership and governance, that they always will work for peace and justice for all people.

Today’s Gospel | Matthew 13:36-43

Jesus dismissed the crowds and went into the house. His disciples approached him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.” He said in reply, “He who sows good seed is the Son of Man, the field is the world, the good seed the children of the Kingdom. The weeds are the children of the Evil One, and the enemy who sows them is the Devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. Just as weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his Kingdom all who cause others to sin and all evildoers. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears ought to hear.”

From the Meditation on Saint Ignatius of Loyola | Saint John Baptist de La Salle

Your work will be of little value if you do not have as your purpose the salvation of souls.  Does your zeal for the poor lead you to seek ways as effective as those used by Saint Ignatius?  The more ardently you pray for the good of the souls entrusted to you, the more God will help you find the skill to touch their hearts.


Eternal Father, your love exists for all time and each day it finds us and touches our lives.  Help us to welcome you into our hearts through our faithfulness to your word and our love for one another.  Forgive us when we fail to do your will.  Remove the blindness from our eyes and the hardness from our hearts so that we can find and serve those who are in need, working with faith and zeal to build your Kingdom.  We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.  Amen.

Saint John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts forever.