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Every day this Lent, we’ll explore the
life and faith of a bearded Catholic saint.
We’ll pray with them, and together we’ll grow in holiness and manliness.
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St.Ignatius of Loyola
FEAST DAY: JULY 31ST | LIVED: 1491-1556
Born to a noble Spanish family, Inigo Lopez de Loyola was a knight with a reputation for a “love of martial exercises and a vainglorious desire for fame”. Young Ignatius originally drew inspiration from stories of El Cid, Tales of Camelot, and other secular stories of heroics. However, a cannon ball shattered his leg and Ignatius underwent a number of painful surgeries that left him bedridden for over a year. During this time he read De Vita Christi and learned more about the life of Christ through the eyes of great Saints like Gregory, Basil, Augustine, and the Venerable Bede. These stories inspired him to give up his previous life and devote himself to Jesus and the Holy Mother. He founded the Jesuit order and developed a spiritual method that has had a huge impact on the Church and secular society as well.
I wish not merely to be called a Christian, but to be a Christian.
Daily Blessing of the Beard
Lord above, bless this beard as it grows from my face. Let it serve as a reminder that I am yours. Let it serve as a symbol of my role in your kingdom. Let it serve as a sign of your blessing in my life. As I was anointed and claimed for you at my Baptism, I anoint this beard as a reminder of love. Amen.
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding
and my entire will,
All I have and call my own.
You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.
Everything is yours;
do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace.
That is enough for me.