(The following is the text of my homily to the 2013 graduating class of La Salle Academy where I serve as chaplain):
In the early 16th century, St. Ignatius of Loyola established an order of priests called the Society of Jesus. Today we know them as the Jesuits. In fact, some of you will be attending Jesuit universities next year.
One of the early followers of Ignatius was a man named Francis Xavier. When they met, both men were students at the University of Paris: Ignatius was focused on serving God; Francis was focused on achieving worldly success. But one day Ignatius challenged Francis to examine his life. Ignatius spoke words that cut to Francis’s heart. Quoting Jesus, Ignatius asked, “Francis, what does it profit a man to gain the whole world but to lose his soul in the process?” Francis eventually experienced deep spiritual change and went on to join the Jesuits and he became one of the greatest missionaries in Church history. Read more »