Saturday, July 31st, 2010
Fr. Gabriel Gillen, O.P., assigned to the Church of St. Joseph in the West Village, discusses this Sunday’s reading’s for The Catholic Channel’s Word to Life. He is joined by Fr. Richard Donahoe, a diocesan priest from Birmingham, AL, and former rector of the Cathedral of St. Paul in Birmingham.
Word to Life airs every Friday at 1 PM (EST) on Sirius 159/XM 117.
As the Formula of your Institute says, the Society of Jesus was founded in the first place “for the defence and propagation of the faith”. In an age when new geographical horizons were unfolding, Ignatius’ first companions placed themselves at the Pope’s disposal so that “he might use them wherever he deemed it would be for the greater glory of God and the benefit of souls” (Autobiography, n. 85). Thus, they were sent to proclaim the Lord to peoples and cultures that did not yet know him. They did so with a courage and zeal that have lived on to our day as an exemplary inspiration.
We wish our friends over at St. Ignatius of Loyola parish a happy patronal feast!