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Loyola’s Advice -

Ignatius of Loyola.


In his preface to the Acts of St. Ignatius, Father Louis Gonzalez of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) tells his readers that one Friday morning, 4 August, “the eve of the feast of Our Lady of the Snows,” while St. Ignatius, founder of the Jesuits was in a garden, he [Gonzalez] began to give him an account of his soul. He told him that he was tempted by vain glory. The spiritual advice Loyola gave him was this: 


“Refer everything that you do to God; strive to offer Him all the good you find in yourself, acknowledging that this comes from God, and thank Him for it.”


The Autobiography of St. Ignatius, by Saint Ignatius Loyola. New York: Benziger Brothers, 1900.

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