31 July: Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam…

So that’s Latin. Since I (and maybe you) didn’t study Latin, here’s what it means:

“To the Greater Glory of God…”A noble motto from Saint Ignatius of Loyola whose feast day we celebrate 31 July (today!)

I am a groupie of Saint Ignatius (1491-1556), a Spanish noble who completely changed his life around after a mystical experience during convalescence from a serious battle wound. He subsequently devoted his life to Jesus and enlisted buddies to join him in a new way of living, thinking and doing. Approved by Pope Paul III in 1540, the fledgling Jesuit order founded universities and engaged in spiritual exercises to help them become the hands and feet of Jesus to those around them.

Notwithstanding a bit of turmoil along the way, the Jesuits and the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius have endured 475+ years. Today Jesuits continue to serve in many ways: educating students in universities and schools, assisting refugees, leading churches, facilitating spiritual growth (retreat centers, Spiritual Exercises workshops, books, podcasts), sharing faith in Jesus, and so much more.

silent retreat @ the Jesuit Center, Wernersville, PA

As we celebrate the life of Saint Ignatius of Loyola and Jesuits the world over (including Pope Francis) here are a few inspirational quotes from Saint Ignatius for our minds and hearts to munch on:

“Go forth and set the world on fire.”

“To give, and not to count the cost
to fight, and not to heed the wounds,
to toil, and not to seek for rest,
to labor, and not to ask for any reward,
save that of knowing that we do thy will.”

“Laugh and grow strong.”

“Speak little, listen much.”

 “He who goes about to reform the world must begin with himself, or he loses his labor.”

“Love is shown more in deeds than in words.”

“O Christ Jesus when all is darkness and we feel our weakness and helplessness, give us the sense of Your presence, Your love and Your strength. Help us to have perfect trust in Your protecting love and strengthening power, so that nothing may frighten or worry us. For, living close to You, we shall see Your hand, Your purpose, Your will through all things.” 

“He who carries God in his heart bears heaven with him wherever he goes.”

Saint Ignatius of Loyola

…Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam…

grace, peace & God’s glory

Virginia : )

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8 Responses to 31 July: Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam…

  1. Cjo says:

    Loved your retreat picture…

    • Virginia says:

      That pic is a favorite (you have definitely seen it here multiple times before) – the joy of coming into God’s presence in prayer (Psalm 27:4) Hugs, Carol-Jo! 🌸🤗🌸🙏🌸

  2. Debbie says:

    I’m one of the lucky ones who DID study Latin, Virginia — thank you for these beautiful and meaningful quotes, each of them a keeper!!

    • Virginia says:

      Wow, Debbie – Latin! Carpe diem (the only other Latin phrase I know from the movie “Dead Poet Society.”) Seize the day! Something St. Ignatius did in his life of faith that still inspires us today. Blessings! 🌟🌍🌟🙏🌟🌍

  3. TMH says:

    I like this one: “Love is shown more in deeds than in words.”

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