Today is Ignatius Day. He died on July 31, 1556. Jesuits and their companions around the globe acknowledge Ignatius and his contributions on this date each year. This year is particularly meaningful.
Fr. Arturo Sosa, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, proclaimed an Ignatian Year, from May 20, 2021 to July 31, 2022. The starting date marked the 500th anniversary of what has come to be known as cannonball day. That was the day on which Ignatius the soldier was struck by a cannonball, severely damaging his leg. Thus began his conversion, one that produced Ignatius the pilgrim, and eventually led to the founding of the Jesuits.
The theme of the year is To See All Things New in Christ. The centre of the year marks the fourth centenary of the canonization of Ignatius, Francis Xavier, and others.