What follows is one of my favorite quotes. Every morning at school assembly, between the ages of five and six years old, we repeated these words of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Buried, in the essence of these poetic words, are seeds planted in me at a very young age; they have become an oak tree foundation in my life.
Now, as an adult, I draw upon them as a battle cry of life which pluck the heart strings of Truth within me. I hope these verses, an icon in my own life, also speak to you as they have for decades spoken to me. The words of this saint resound, laid like a cornerstone in my early years, and have kept me tethered to His Truth.
To give, and not to count the cost
to fight, and not to heed the wounds,
to toil, and not to seek for rest,
to labor, and not to ask for any reward,
save that of knowing that we do thy will
― St. Ignatius of Loyola