Saturday, July 31, 2010

St. Ignatius Loyola - AMDG

Happy feast day of St. Ignatius Loyola.

May God bless, purify and strengthen the Society of Jesus.

Whenever I see the letters "AMDG," a recent trip to the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park is brought to mind.  The "CIA", as it's called, is the former site of the regional Jesuit novitiate.  It's always a little sad to see a building that was once used for  the glory of God being repurposed for a secular function.  While walking through the beautiful main building of the school, my nephew pointed to the floor and asked what "AMDG" meant.  It seems that some of the religious architecture and flooring was not changed when the building became a cooking school.  One of the sad changes is that in the former chapel, images of the saints have been painted over with the faces of the founders of the cooking school.  I'm also told that the Jesuits left their graveyard behind when they moved out, wherein lies the body of Teilhard de Chardin, a Jesuit theologian some of whose writings incurred a condemnation from the Holy Office in 1962.   In retrospect, with some of the unfortunate theology that came out of this seminary, perhaps its closure was providential.

St. Ignatius ora pro nobis and for your Jesuit brothers.

(n.b. - AMDG stands for  Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam - or For the Greater Glory of God.  Who can argue with that?)

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