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St. Ignatius of Loyola. 1491 - 1556 AD

St. Ignatius of Loyola

1491 - 1556 AD

Text quoted in French by Réné Laurentin (in Maria, Ecclesia, Sacerdotium, Nouvelles Éditions Latines, Paris 1952, p. 392) and translated into English by John Wijngaards.

Mary is present at the Eucharist

“During a great part of the celebration of Mass .... I felt and saw clearly our Lady engaged in intercession before the Father. My perception of it was so strong that during the prayers addressed to the Father or Son and when consecrating I was constantly aware of sensing her and seeing her as being part and channel of such a great grace. ” Spiritual Journal, 15 February 1544, in :Ignatius de Loyola, Constitutiones Societatis Jesus, Vol. I, Rome 1934, p. 94.

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