One quality that characterised the life of St. Ignatius above all others was his deep personal love for the person of Jesus Christ. Ignatius was so taken up with Christ that he was willing to do anything, go anywhere, and be anyone as long as he could imitate Christ. As a matter of fact, the first years of his conversion were spent in only imitating Christ in all his poverty and humility. For Ignatius, Jesus Christ was the way, which leads all people to life. This personal love for Christ was not merely theoretical in the life of Ignatius, but characterised his whole being. He showed this tangibly by naming the Society he founded, the Society of Jesus.
In our world characterised by self-centred fulfilment, extravagance, and soft living, a world that prizes prestige, power and self-sufficiency, to preach Christ poor and humble, with fidelity and courage is to expect humiliation and persecution like Ignatius did. Yet we have to move forward resolutely out of our desire to resemble and imitate in some manner our Creator and Lord Jesus Christ. This personal love for Jesus must characterise every Christian’s life.
Through the intercession of St. Ignatius we pray for the grace that we too might have this deep personal love for Jesus Christ, so that through our words and actions we might always reveal him to everyone we come in contact with.
Heavenly Father, we pray that the intercession of St. Ignatius of Loyola the founder of the Society of Jesus may obtain for each one of us the grace that he received of this deep personal love for your son Jesus, which inspired him to do great things for him. May our love, be not merely theoretical, but a love which shows itself in deeds. We ask this through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.