Last weekend we celebrated with the Year 12 cohort as they departed the College to “go and set the world alight”. Ignatius often signed off his letters to his fellow Jesuits with “ite, inflammate omnia” – “go, set the world on fire”. Possibly to deter the defence of anyone suffering from pyromania, fire has become alight! It is heartening to ponder upon our students leaving us to go and make their mark on the world. We pray with hope that they are successful.
Ignatius of Loyola developed a practice of hope. He was determined to make the world a better place for all. This is lived out in his legacy of a ‘preferential option for the poor’. It is also how we finish the examen, the prayer that Ignatius encourages us all to pray regularly. It is a prayer of hope; hope that we can see the world through the eyes of Christ. We finish the prayer always looking to tomorrow with hope that we can live our lives with Jesus Christ as our model for life.
There is a statue of St Ignatius of Loyola on the lawns at the front of the St Peter Faber Building at Athelstone. The words on the front are from the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius:
What have I done for Christ?
What am I doing for Christ?
What ought I do for Christ?
May we all take these questions with us as we live our lives in the world.
Peace and joy
Mrs Jacquie McCabe
Head of Ignatian Ethos