A. M. D. G. stands for Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, which translated means “For the Greater Glory of God.”
~ St. Ignatius of Loyola’s Motto
SAINT IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA
Traditional & New Calendar: Feast Day: July 31
Commemoration of SAINT IGNATIUS
In the year 1521 a cannon ball fractured the left leg of Captain Ignatius Loyola, the future founder of the Jesuits. While he was convalescing, Ignatius read about Christ and His saints and thus turned wholly to God. He then undertook to equip himself for Christ's service by acquiring a good classical and theological education. On the feast of the Assumption, 1534, the seven pioneer Jesuits pronounced their vows in Paris. The members of the Society of Jesus became the shock troops of the Church in the battle against the spread of Protestantism in Europe, as well as one of the greatest foreign mission organizations that the world has known. Ignatius died on July 31, 1556.
O God, in order to promote the greater glory of Your name, You fortified Your Church militant with a new army through the work of blessed Ignatius. may his help and example bring us through our battle on earth to be crowned with him in heaven. Through our Lord . . .
Patron: Basque country; Jesuit Order; Jesuits; retreats; soldiers; Spiritual Exercises (by Pope Pius XI).
Symbols: Book; chausible; Holy Communion; a rayed IHC or IHS; heart with crown of thorns; sword and lance upon an altar; book with words Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam.
- St. Ignatius of Loyola – mini site at CatholicCulture.org
- St. Ignatius of Loyola Bio – 11parts
- Ignatius Loyola: The Story of the Pilgrim – clip from 97min Video Bio
- Ignatius Illumination - talk about St. Ignatius and the appeal of Ignatian spirituality in an interview for Vatican Radio.
- Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola
- St. Ignatius Novena – colored printable
- Meditation of Two Standards from St. Ignatius of Loyola – Audio Sancto. The Blessed Virgin Mary gave St. Ignatius these meditations. Helpful for all, especially young people.
- St. Ignatius Bio of Children – PDF version by Amy Welborn
- My St. Ignatius Book – ThatResourceSite.com
- St. Ignatius of Loyola Notebook Sheets – ThatResourceSite.com
“Take, Lord, receive all my liberty, my memory, my under-standing, and my entire will, all that I have and possess. You have given all to me. To you, Lord, I return it. All is yours, dispose of it wholly, according to Your will. Give me your love and your grace, for this is sufficient for me.” ~St. Ignatius of Loyola