St. Ignatius of Loyola
St. Ignatius was a great saint and the father of many saints.
- St. Thomas Aquinas said that the desire for glory is not bad in itself. On the contrary, he said that it is not a sin to know and approve one’s own goodness, or to be willing to approve one’s own good works. In fact, he cited Matthew 5:16 to prove his point: “So let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” But the vice of vainglory is opposed to magnanimity because it is the disordered desire for glory.
- St. Ignatius’s epitaph: Non coerceri maximo, continuo minimo, divinum est: “Not to be confined by the greatest, yet to be contained within the smallest, is divine.”