Under The Starry Heavens


Two years ago, I blogged here with another image of Ignatius and his beloved stars. One of my favorite images of today’s saint, Ignatius of Loyola, is above. I wish I could locate a credit and artist; the best I can do is follow to the blogger who wrote a brief bio. The image appears nowhere else I’ve searched.

The Jesuit founder appears to be floating, as if weightless. The ground beneath his feet is like that under a bright moon, but expert stargazers appreciate that dark sky when our bright satellite is on the other side of the planet, and when we are far from the pollution of city lights.

It called to mind the end of a prayer composed by one of Ignatius’ spiritual sons, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a 20th century Jesuit:

(I)t is you to whom my being cries out
with a desire as vast as the universe:
“In truth you are my Lord and my God.”

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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6 Responses to Under The Starry Heavens

  1. Liam says:

    Courtesy of “Search Google for this image”, I at least found it’s the cover art for this:

    https://www.amazon.com/Autobiography-Saint-Ignatius-St-Loyola/dp/1518849040

  2. Todd says:

    I did see that. I guess I’ll need to buy this edition to find out who painted the work.

    • Liam says:

      Well, it may be a self-publisher who didn’t provide attribution either!

      • Todd says:

        Ignatius’ autobiography was written in the third person, and if memory serves, I read that the Society really wanted him to write it, and he wasn’t crazy about the idea.

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