Cum beatus Ignatius, a 5

Cum beatus Ignatius, a 5

In Festo Sancti Ignatii [1572]


CVm beatus Ignatius damnatus esset ad bestias

et ardore patiendi rugientes

audirent leones ait

frumentum Christi sum

dentibus bestiarum molar

ut panis mundus inueniar.


IGnis. Crux bestie confractio ossium

membrorum diuisio et totius corporis contritio

et tota tormenta diaboli in me ueniant

tantum ut Christo fruar.



When blessed Ignatius was condemned to the beasts,

And in his eagerness for suffering,

He heard the roaring lions, he said: 

“I am the wheat of Christ,

May I be ground by the teeth of beasts, 

So that I may be found to be fine bread.” 

Let fire, cross, the beasts’ shattering of my bones,

The dividing of my limbs, the grinding of my whole body, 

And all the torments of the Devil come upon me,

That I may delight in Christ all the more.


[Source: Eric Rice]

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