Feast of Saint Ignatius of Loyola

The day was cloudy with the hint of drizzle, a good omen, as the family of St. Xavier School geared up to celebrate the Feast of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. The assembly began with the photograph of St. Ignatius being garlanded by Fr. Sobin Martin. The prayer song was then sung by the school choir. The students conducting the assembly gave their fellow Xavierites an overview of the noble life of the saint who laid the foundation of the Jesuit society. St. Ignatius of Loyola was born in 1491, one of 13 children of a family of minor nobility in Azpeitia, Spain. In 1521 Ignatius was gravely wounded in a battle with the French. While recuperating, Ignatius Loyola experienced a conversion. Reading the lives of Jesus and the saints made Ignatius happy and aroused desires to do great things. Ignatius realized that these feelings were clues to God’s direction for him and went on to start the Society of Jesus, which today has spread all over the globe. He is regarded as one of the greatest saints in catholic history. The students also contemplated on the values upon which the foundation of the St. Xavier’s Institution was laid, with the help of a short skit. Fr. Mani’s enlightening words filled the atmosphere with an aura of reverence for the saint. The assembly ended with a melodious song dedicated to St. Ignatius, sung by the school choir.