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Glory of St. Ignatius of Loyola

Glory of St. Ignatius of Loyola - Museum Religious Art Classics

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Artist: Peter Paul Rubens – c. 1616

“For the greater glory of God.” This was Ignatius’s motto. He taught that it is important for us not just to do good things, but to do them for the right reasons. For it is certainly possible to perform seemingly good work for bad reasons: merely for money or fame, or to draw attention to ourselves, or to draw attention away from others, or to put off doing the less glamorous work we really should be doing. If we offer every task “for the greater glory of God,” as Ignatius did, we will begin with the only worthy end in mind. If we work for any lesser goal, we will never find peace or satisfaction in what we do.

His feast day is July 31.

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