Today is the feast of St Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits and the author of the Spiritual Exercises.
It is a special day.
I choose this day each year to thank a small number of people for the role that they have played in my life in the previous 12 months. The people who I choose to thank vary from year to year. It depends a great deal on what has been happening in my life.
I celebrate the feast of Ignatius because I know that I would not be the person I am today if I had not made the Spiritual Exercises. That can be said of many things of course, but somehow I feel that making the Exercises has shaped my being in a particular way.
So today I remember and gives thanks for Ignatius. I give thanks too, for the committed lives of the Jesuits, the various orders which spring from Mary Ward, and for all those lay people who give the Spiritual Exercises. Every grace and blessing to you all in your ministry.