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    Footnote: Ignacio the First Jesuit

    On May 20, 1521, one man’s fate–and faith–was changed forever.  Ignacio de Loyola was a soldier who was called to defend the city of Pamplona against the French.  As he stood on one of the wall towers, he was struck by a cannon ball. With both legs injured, he was carried back to his home in Loyola where he spent the next few months recuperating.  The rest, as they say, is history. But this ‘cannon ball moment’ effectively changed not only his life, but countless others. This marker is found in front of the San Ignacio de Loyola Basilica in Pamplona. It says “Here San Ignacio de Loyola fell wounded…