April 22, Mary, Mother of the Society of Jesus (Feast)
St Ignatius’ heritage sparked his devotion to Our Lady, which intensified during his period of convalescence following the injury he received during the battle at Pamplona. Major events in his life occurred on feasts or at sites honoring the Virgin: his vigil before the Black Madonna of Montserrat on the eve of the Annunciation, 1522; his first vows at Montmartre, Paris, on the feast of the Assumption, 1534; his first Mass in St. Mary Major in Rome on Christmas, 1538.
On Friday …
Meet particular Jesuits and read their answers to some important questions about our life together.
It took centuries for the Church to build up a calendar of celebrations. Every now and then we pause to ponder these days.