does it profit a man - he often repeated the words of the Divine Master - to gain the whole world if he loses his own soul? Those words penetrated little by little the good heart of Francis, until they caused him to completely renounce the world.
On 15 August 1534, in the church of Montmartre in Paris, Ignatius, along with his first companions, pronounced his first religious vows: there was laid the first base of that Company which gave the Church so many saints and men eminent in doctrine, of that Company which is the right arm of the Church and has already accomplished much good in the world.CANTICLE [#]
Give ear, O heavens, while I speak;
let the earth hearken to the words of my mouth!
May my instruction soak in like the rain,
and my discourse permeate like the dew,
like a downpour upon the grass,
like a shower upon the crops.
For I will sing the LORD'S renown.
Oh, proclaim the greatness of our God!
The Rock - how faultless are his deeds,
how right all his ways!
A faithful God, without deceit,
how just and upright he is!
Yet basely has he been treated
by his degenerate children, a perverse and crooked race!
Is the LORD to be thus repaid by you,
O stupid and foolish people?
Is he not your father who created you?
Has he not made you and established you?
Think back on the days of old,
reflect on the years of age upon age.
Ask your father and he will inform you,
ask your elders and they will tell you:
When the Most High assigned the nations their heritage,
when he parceled out the descendants of Adam,
He set up the boundaries of the peoples
after the number of the sons of God;
While the LORD'S own portion was Jacob,
His hereditary share was Israel.