Wednesday, May 11, 2016

May 11: St. Ignatius of Laconi

St. Ignatius of Laconi


When Ignatius was 17 years old, he got very sick. He promised God he would become a friar if he got well. But when he was healed, Ignatius’ father would not let him go to the monastery, because they needed his help on their farm. A few years later, Ignatius was almost killed in an accident with his horse. Knowing that God had saved him, Ignatius immediately went into the monastery. He never did anything spectacular as a friar. Mostly what he did was go house to house and ask for food and donations for the poor. But as he did it, he comforted the sick, helped enemies forgive each other, and led sinners to Jesus. 


It’s easy to think you have to become an important person before you can accomplish great things for God, but that’s not true. Ignatius never did anything special, but his loving, face-to-face conversations made a big difference in people’s lives. Today, think of a way to do what Saint Ignatius of Laconi. Comfort somebody who is sick, help two arguing people make up, or remind somebody that Jesus died for their sins. 

Saint Ignatius of Laconi, pray for us!

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