8 Pieces of Life Advice from St. Ignatius of Loyola

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St. Ignatius of Loyola is said to have been a stubborn debater, eloquent teacher, and loyal friend. From his years of struggling with addictions to writing his Spiritual Exercises, there’s a lot of life advice he has to share. Here’s some practical advise to begin applying today!

1. Our mission

“Since the object of our love is infinite, we can always love more and more perfectly.”

2. Heaven on Earth

“He who carries God in his heart, carries Heaven with him wherever he goes.”

3. Think before you speak

“When you say anything in secret, speak as if you were speaking to the whole world.”

4. Start with yourself

“The man who sets out making others better is wasting his time, unless he begins with himself.”

5. Silence is Golden

“Speak little, listen much.”

6. Charity, kindness, and truth

“Charity and kindness unwedded to truth are not charity and kindness, but deceit and vanity.”

7. Human differences

“It is dangerous to make everybody go forward by the same road: and worse to measure others by oneself.”

8. Surrendering to God

Suscipe (Surrender Prayer):

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.

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