Recently I was reading a piece of work a Jesuit priest had typed and I noticed the placement of AMDG in the top left-hand corner of the paper. I realised this is something we have lost with the arrival of personal devices for all students. Until the last few years every page of a student’s exercise book would have (or should have had!) AMDG written in the top left-hand corner and the date on the top right-hand side.
I mentioned this in a class recently and found that a few students were not actually aware what AMDG meant or stood for….’Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam’ is Latin ‘For the Greater Glory of God’. This term was used often by St Ignatius of Loyola in the Constitutions and many of his letters. It has become an unofficial motto of the Jesuits.
There are several terms that are used by the Jesuits worldwide. This video from ‘The Jesuit Post’ explains some of them. All these terms are used here at Saint Ignatius’ College, Adelaide and if you visit any Jesuit or Ignatian school worldwide the same terms are used and displayed throughout.
These four letters are a reminder to us all that God is in All Things, especially our daily work where we should always be striving to do our best, or the magis, For the Greater Glory of God.
Mrs Jacquie McCabe
Head of Ignatian Ethos