Bronze statue of St. Ignatius

July 31 marks the feast day of St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) who passed away 462 years ago today.

Ignatius was a different kind of saint, a worldly saint, who focused his teachings on “finding God in all things.” He was most notably remembered for his missionary, educational and charitable works, leading the modernization of the Roman Catholic Church.

In honor of the Feast of St. Ignatius, we gathered 10 of his most influential quotes/sayings.

  1. “Go forth and set the world on fire.”
  2. “Act as if everything depended on you; trust as if everything depended on God.”
  3. “Love is shown more in deeds than in words.”
  4. “Laugh and grow strong.”
  5. “Teach me to give and not count the cost.”
  6. “Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam.”
  7. “For it is not knowing much, but realizing and relishing things interiorly, that contents and satisfies the soul.”
  8. “It is dangerous to make everybody go forward by the same road, and worse to measure others by oneself.”
  9. “Be slow to speak, and only after having first listened quietly, so that you may understand the meaning, leanings and wishes of those who do speak. Thus you will better know when to speak and when to be silent.”

10.  “For those who love, nothing is too difficult, especially when it is done for the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.”