Magis is a Latin term for “more” that was adopted by St. Ignatius of Loyola and suggests the spirit of generous excellence in which ministry should be carried on. Living the magis calls us to examine how our choices affect others and guides us to make decisions that benefit the greater good. At Saint Joseph’s University, the magis is at the core of everything we do. Tell us, what’s been your experience of living the magis?
One of the ways I am continually awakened to the Magis is by noticing beauty, even when it is not so obvious. Some years ago as a Jesuit scholastic I worked with Father Horace McKenna in serving the homeless in Washington. The ways in which Fr. McKenna saw beauty in poor men, women and children and greeted each of them with compassion and dignity taught me to see the beauty of Christ in every person. In so many words Fr. McKenna awakened my eyes to the mysteries of the Magis as he invited and encouraged me to learn how God gazes at all creation, especially the poor and marginalized.
C. Kevin Gillespie, S.J. ’72