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Take a moment to pause and reflect in celebration of the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, on July 31. "Be With Me," the song used in this video, is written and performed By Matt Wessel, Comm ’03, MBA ’11. Find out more about Wessel and the inspiration for his hymn.
Dr. Michael Dante, director of the Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality, shares the story of losing his sight and how through his challenges he was able to find purpose and meaning with God's grace.
What have been "cannonball moments" in your own life?

Saturday, July 31, 2021, is the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola. We are in the midst of the Ignatian Year, the 500th anniversary of when Ignatius was injured by a cannonball in the Battle of Pamplona, a moment that instigated a change of heart and vocation for Ignatius, highlighting to him and to us, God's grace.

The events that followed in Ignatius' life led to his founding of the Jesuit order and 500 years of Jesuit education, of which Marquette University is a part. Drawing inspiration from St. Ignatius' response to his cannonball injury, we can consider our own response to life's unexpected moments.

When "cannonballs" hit, we can lean on the grace of God. We can embrace His invitation to let ourselves be guided. We can be reborn in the aftermath, find purpose in what comes next and transform our cannonballs into a force for good. 

What have been "cannonball moments" in your own life? Submit yours as we collect stories to serve as faith inspiration to each other.

Coming up in Marquette University Campus Ministry

Holy Hill Road Trip - Aug. 19 
More information and registration 

Orientation Mass - Aug. 25 
New students and their families are invited to Orientation Mass on Wednesday, Aug. 25 at 2:30 p.m. in the Church of the Gesu 

Mass of the Holy Spirit - Aug. 29 
Annual Mass. Everyday Mission. All are welcome and invited to the Mass of the Holy Spirit to start off the school year on Sunday, Aug. 29 at 4 p.m. in the Church of the Gesu 

Connect First Year Leadership Retreat - Sept. 17-Sept. 19 
First year students are invited to come make friends and experience your first Marquette retreat. Register Now 

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