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MAGIS is a Jesuit phrase that means “the more”. It is taken from Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, a Latin phrase meaning “for the glory of God”. Magis refers to the philosophy of doing more, for Christ, and therefore for others. It is an expression of an aspiration and inspiration. It relates to forming the ideal society entered around Jesus Christ.

The roots of the phrase are ascribed to St. Ignatius exercise of doing more for God. He would encourage people around him during his time by asking: What have I done for God? What am I doing for God? And What MORE can I do for God?". The word is also used to urge others to live more generously and in doing so give greater glory to God.

Magis is best understood as a lifestyle rather than an act or series of acts which demonstrate a person's commitment to the “more”. Magis is an Ignatian term, and for Ignatius it is a relationship word, meaning that it applies in personal relationships, both with God and with others, in terms of love. It is through this love that the proper meaning to “more” is found, love given freely, in generosity, and always in reverence to God. Through discernment of spirits, as described in Ignatius' Spiritual Exercises, one must order his or her desires so that they are line with what God desires – both in what is desired and in the way that is desired. With an emphasis on aligning our desires with God's, pursuit of magis can be for the greater glory of God rather than being driven by pride or selfishness. Aristotle's virtue of the mean can be applied to Ignatius ' view of magis in which virtuous action is always an intermediate state between extremes. To embody magis, an individual should not seek to be God nor be driven by the desire for more like we see in consumer society – “have to do more, want to be more,” pride and upward mobility, but should try to love in the image of God and conform to the will of God in the way that it is possible for each individual. Magis is concerned that what we choose in our everday lives will contribute to our life of love and service to God and others. In this sense magis is a “continuous quality improvement … suggesting the spirit of generous excellence in which ministry should be carried on”.


to a greater extent

we push

to the maximum level

we strive to the superior border

we drive

to those who were left behind

strive to those who were handicapped by life

push to those wounded and faded


push yourself to the limits

strive harder to maximize

tackle problems head on

break down the barriers of success

By: Peter Cruz