The life and teaching of St. Ignatius clearly point to the sublime and lofty goal of human nature: eternal communion with God. Man is made for something—Someone—infinitely greater and higher than creatures or created things.
If we comply with the corruption of this age, living according to its evil tenets and communicating it to others through our willing adherence to its errors, we might well live more comfortably: we might receive approbation from the powerful and attain to high status among a society gone awry, plagued by moral fragmentation. In the end, however, we will have lost everything that really matters.
Today Catholics around the world celebrate the Feast of St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr, who fell victim to the Christian persecution of A.D. 258 under the Roman emperor Valerian. At the beginning of the month of August, the emperor issued a decree commanding that all members of the Catholic clergy be put to death.
The day of the martyrs’ victory dawned. They marched from their cells into the amphitheater, as if into heaven, with cheerful looks and graceful bearing.
As a young man who grew up playing all kinds of sports, it is safe to say that I am a true fan of athletics and competitive-play. Our father taught my siblings and me, in few words, the true value of sports and how those values can positively shape our lives.