The Motto Of the Jesuits
Of the Jesuits
Ad Majored Dei Glorium (in Latin)
FOR THE GREATER GLORY OF GOD
Magis is a Jesuit word in Latin means” and is equated with such feelings as generosity, magnanimity and selflessness. The concept of Magis is derived from the Spiritual Exercise of Saint Ignatius Loyola, and focuses more on the way we make choices. When we choose, it should not be. I” what’s in it for me? “But what more will it contribute towards making our lives one of love and service. A person needs to ask “Given my responsibilities, my gifts and talents, my weakness and limitations, how can I best embrace this desire to be a man or a woman for others?”
It is further explicitated in the motto of the Jesuits “Ad marjoram Dei gloriam” [AMDG] which means “for the greater glory of God, and therefore others. It is an expression of an aspiration and inspiration. Ignatius Loyola would encourage people around him during his time by asking, “What have I done for God? What am I doing for God? And What MORE can I do for God?”
What MORE effort do I need to put into my studies, so that I could contribute MORE to God, life and humanity?
What MORE do I need to achieve MORE excellence in all things?