The Motto of the Jesuits


The Motto of the Jesuits
Ad Majorem Dei Glorium (in Latin)
bZ’oj dh egÙkj efgek ds fy,

Magis is a Jesuit word in Latin means “more” and is equated with such feelings as generosity, magnanimity and selflessness. The concept of Magis is derived from the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius Loyola, and focuses more on the way we make choices. When we choose, it should not be “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 weaknesses and limitations, how can I best embrace this desire to be a man or woman for others?”

It is further explicitated in the motto of the Jesuits “Ad majorem Dei gloriam” [AMDG] which means “for the greater glory of God”. Magis refers to the philosophy of doing more for 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?”

As a student I need to ask myself:
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?