A Cannonball that canonized a soldier

And the lamed soldier marched forward
Through centuries and continents
Canonized as Saint Ignatius of Loyola.

A Cannonball that canonized a soldier

 

By Joe Palathunkal

May 20, 1521

A battle raged at the fortress of Pamplona
Against an invading French army
And a cannonball hit the soldier
Who fought with his heart and gun,
Fell to the grounds with broken leg
To change the history of the broken
In heart, mind and body down the centuries
And the lamed soldier marched forward
Through centuries and continents
Canonized as Saint Ignatius of Loyola.

His romantic chivalry was baptized into the
Font of spiritual insight by the books he read
While recuperating in his palatial castle
And the thoughts and saints he came across
In the pages posed him numerous questions
That drove him to the cave of Manresa
To come out as a different soldier
For the greater glory of God.

The band of men he called to his company
Sailed over the rising waves of seas and oceans
And scaled the intellectual heights even to the
Craters of moon and the imposing galaxy
While diving the depth of spirituality even with
Their sweat and blood in the unknown lands
And unknown people whom they made their own.

They broke fetters with letters among people
Who were even forbidden to read and think
And the unthinkable happened when the
Towering intellectuals were born in continents
From the classrooms and the labs they set up
And all because of one cannonball that
Unknowingly made a soldier lame
To make him march as a saint to fame
To command from the pedestal of history.

(Fifth centenary of the Battle of Pamplona and the Ignatian Year May 20, 2021 to July 31, 2022)

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