Luanne C. Firestone
Associate Campus Minister
It is helpful for me to think of magis not as the “more” which is its Latin root, but as a generosity that is grounded in one’s love for God. I think of a tree that can only lift up large branches because it has deeply planted roots.
So for me, living out my magis always begins with my relationship with God. Through regular prayer and self-examination, I am able to deepen those roots – to see my flaws and my gifts together with a loving God who calls me to lean more deeply into the person God knows I am. The insight that stems from my prayer allows me in turn to see the growing edges in my life – my openings towards magis.
When I feel grounded in the love of God, I am free to move forward from that point with generosity of all kinds – generosity towards myself, towards my family, towards the students and colleagues I work with here at Canisius, towards the community in which I live and towards the created world around me. But the generosity that anchors magis is not easy and is not without risk—it is marked by a restless pursuit that takes real courage and integrity to live out. A good example is Mary, who despite great risk to herself generously leans into her “Yes” to God each day in order to fulfill her magis.
We become what we love. When I love God, I love striving towards God’s dream for the world – which is liberation for those held in captive. Living my magis should always lead to more freedom for myself and for the world around me—that is how I recognize it as truly magis and not some pursuit simply of more.