Born Francis Ignatius Vincent, the second of seven children born to poor Sardinian farmers, Saint Ignatius was named after Saint Francis, following a difficult labor which his mother attributed the eventual success to the Saint’s intercession. From an early age, Ignatius desired to join the religious life, praying devoutly each day, and oftentimes—as young as age 7-- waiting at the church doors in the morning for them to be unlocked. Similarly, he was a model worker, toiling tirelessly in the fields despite his young age, earning more than his share for the struggling family. His father, unable to lose the income his young son generated, repeatedly refused to allow him to enter the monastery.
"And I used to work with my hands, and I [still] desire to work; and I firmly wish that all my brothers give themselves to honest work. Let those who do not know how [to work] learn, not from desire of receiving wages for their work but as an example and in order to avoid idleness. And when we are not paid for our work, let us have recourse to the table of the Lord, seeking alms from door to door."
"Take this offering for yourselves right now; give it to me sometime in the future when I ask you for it."
Never having been educated himself, Saint Ignatius was illiterate, and his words far from polished or eloquent. He recognized his limitations, and constantly directed any praise or recognition from himself to the Lord, where all good things originate. He was referred to by the people as “the holy friar,” “the apostle of the streets, “ and “Padre Santo.” He was welcome in nearly every home in the town. He remained conscious of his own human weakness and shortcoming, however, despite these holy titles. Saint Ignatius focused on his need of God's pardon and mercy, and modeled this faith to all those he came in contact with. To those who came to him for comfort, he would advise, "Trust God."
”This is the blood of the poor," Ignatius softly explained. "That is why I never ask for anything at that house."
Saint Ignatius also practiced a strong devotion to Our Blessed Mother, praying daily for her intercession. He attributed many miraculous events in his simple life to her grace and assistance, including the miraculous recovery of the friary keys which had been lost down a deep well. Saint Ignatius knelt by the well, recited three Hail Marys, lowered his bucket, and upon drawing water, found the keys in his bucket!
Lord God, You led Saint Ignatius along the way of humility, innocence, and fraternal charity to the heights of sanctity. Help us to imitate his virtues and to practice charity on earth in word and deed. Amen.
Year 2: Day 131 of 365
Prayer Intentions: Humility, Charity, Obedience, Social Justice.
Requested Intentions: Successful resolution to legal proceedings (N); Freedom from worry and successful employment (M); For successful sale of home and freedom from debt (J); Freedom from pain and illness (E); For successful living arrangements, travels, health, and studies (F); Healing, successful studies, financial success (F); For husband’s successful employment (Y); For children’s faith journey; Recovery of a friend suffering from addiction (M); Successful employment (P); Obedience to the will of the Lord (J); Financial recovery (S); Freedom from evil influence (I); Recovery from illness (J); Freedom from addiction (J); Successful transplant surgery (K); Healing for a daughter (T); Acceptance into school (V); Successful immigration; for a sister’s career and marriage (F); Financial recovery; Successful ministry (A); Financial ability to send children to school (S); Safe return of a runaway (J); Healing of a family (J).