Monday, May 28, 2012

Jesuit John Schumacher Reflected On the Virtues of Venerable Mother Ignacia del Espiritu Santo

                                    Reverend John Schumacher, S.J., an eminent Church history educator

"Those of us who know the life of Venerable Mother Ignacia del Espiritu Santo will conclude that very probably when God first called her, she had very little idea of apostolic service.  She thought at the beginning probably to gather herself and those who would offer themselves to God, but very soon as is evident, she came to realize that God wanted something of her.  He wanted a life of apostolic service.  So we find that very early in the history of the Beaterio de la Compania de Jesus (now Congregation of the Religious of the Virgin Mary) that Mother Ignacia and her Beatas gave  first opportunity to the Filipina to come closer to God by means of the Spiritual Exercises, and the first opportunity for young Filipino girls to be educated."
(Fr. John N. Schumacher, SJ, Mother Ignacia's Apostolic  Service)

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