Principles of Ignatian Spirituality
God in All Things
God is present in all human existence. The world and all it contains reveals God to us. It was out of this conviction that Ignatius became known as an “incarnation mystic,” a “contemplative in action.”
AMDG, Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam
For the Greater Glory of God; and Magis, more. For most people decisions involve a choice from among various goods. AMDG reminds us that we are called to seek that which will give greater glory, i.e., what is most especially conducive to the praise, worship and service of God. The magis is not a question of doing more, but of carefully discerning what is especially fitting in the service of God.
The Call of the King
Christ calls each one of us to offer our unique talents and gifts in the service of God and God’s kingdom. This call is personal. Each person has a unique mission; each is summoned by God by name.
God’s voice can be discerned most clearly by a careful examination of one’s deepest, most authentic desires. God’s voice can also be discerned in a group setting: prayerful consideration of the movements of the Spirit in the group’s ongoing work, conversation, prayer, etc.
This term can be paraphrased with: “The person in front of me is the most important person in the world.” Cura Personalis is the attentive concern given to each individual; taking into consideration that person’s whole self: body, mind and soul. No aspect of what it means to be human ought to be neglected. This principle also implies that a human being must never be treated as a means to an end, but is always to be treated with respect as an individual man or woman, made in God’s image and likeness.