We were thinking on Sunday morning about the glory of God, and I mentioned the inspiration that came to Ignatius that the goal of Jesuits should be to live “Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam” (for the greater glory of God). I came across this poem written by an American Blogger Rebecca Ruiz (at http://www.ignatianspirituality.com/22204/living-ad-majorem-dei-gloriam ) and thought I’d share it with you to see what you think. Lots of food for thought – and reflection!
To live Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam is to lay claim to a legacy of “other-ness” that sets us apart
and puts us at ease with any culture or people,
A completely integrated other-ness that seeks to make all things whole,
That approaches the liminal without hesitation,
Finds God in all things,
finds the Good in all things,
and seeks to proclaim His glory in all that we do.
It is a heritage of service
However, whenever, and wherever needed,
Of leadership in service
To those impoverished in mind, body, and spirit.
It is a call to respect the dignity of each human,
The splendour of all creation,
unencumbered by societal constructs.
It is a complete inability to be unaware of injustice
or impervious to inequality,
A Spirit-driven determination to find a way to right the wrongs,
To lift the downtrodden,
To bind the wounds,
To welcome the stranger, the nationless, the outcast,
To see the humanity in all those discarded by economies and policies.
To rise to this challenge—for the glory of God alone.
To offer one’s heart and one’s hands,
One’s whole self, a Suscipe,
In desolation and in consolation.
To give up even liberty
for the sake of the love of the other.
To be held to a higher standard,
To see through a lens that sees the good and the possible
in every impossible situation.
To be aware of our place as privileged children of a living God
who demands only that we abandon all status and privilege.
To be the voice for the voiceless
Responding to the call of the Spirit
One with the harmonious resonance of all creation praising God.
To seek Him and to find Him in all things, people, circumstances, and places,
Unafraid to speak Truth to injustice
To embrace the contradiction of Love
Clothed in the power
of the One who died naked and penniless.
To be unattached to any outcome except that which God wills,
Leaving behind comfort zones,
Releasing the ego into the bosom of the Creator.
Rooted in the confident security
and the joy of knowing Love beyond words.
Unattached to and surrendered to none but that Love.
Called together at one table, unity in diversity,
One family, working together to realize heaven on earth.
Answering the call to serve and to glorify, in all ways,
The Love that always finds a way.