Oh, my God!
I want to love You
Not that I might gain eternal heaven
Nor escape eternal hell
But, Lord, to love You just because
You are my God.
Grant me to give to You
And not to count the cost,
To fight for You
And not to mind the wounds,
To labour and to ask for no reward except the knowledge
that I serve my God.
- Attributed to Saint Igantius Loyola, may God be pleased with him
Saint Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556), was the founder of the Society of Jesus. He began his life as a solider, a long and very painful convalescence from a wound led to a spiritual transformation in which he turned his martial spirit and capacity to suffering to the service of God.