Motto of the Jesuits

The Motto of the Jesuits A M D G

Ad Majorem Dei Glorium (in Latin)


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 Lgnatius Loyola ,and focuses more on the way we make choices. When we choose ,it should 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” give me my responsibilities , my gifts and talents, my weaknesses and limitations,how can I best embrace this desire to be a man or a women for others?”

It is further explicitated in the motto of Jsuits “Ad majorem De gloriam”[AMDG] which means “for greater glory of God”.Magis refers to the philosophy of doing more for God, and therefor 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 i am 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 ?