Michael Tunney, S.J. Professor
Michael F. Tunney, S.J.
Director, Mission & Identity
Professor, Fine Arts Department
Everything for Ignatius was about people and our labors on their behalf. It’s about our personal and collective salvation, “the end for which we are created,” as Ignatius writes at the close of his First Principle and Foundation. I believe the magis is a means to that end, a way of looking at and being in the world, especially when it comes to finding God in all things within and around me in our world.
I’ve said it before and I still think it’s the case: I recognize the magis best when I stop to examine my day and days. When I engage the examen and recognize, as in a rear view mirror or around a corner, a glimpse of Jesus’ spirit prompting me forward into greater engagement with my life and its people. Or around and away from all the things that can diminish me and get in the way of my flourishing. Not surprisingly, I find magis is interwoven with gratitude, that great Ignatian interior disposition and outward expression that makes my body and soul smile the way it’s made to do.
I live and work at Canisius, in Buffalo and in our local diocese, in my Jesuit province and communities. In all these places I am with people, colleagues, my fellow Jesuits, brothers and sisters in Christ, my friends and family and beloveds. These people help my thoughts, words and deeds grow in magnanimity, the kin of magis, from annotation 5 in The Spiritual Exercises. Magnanimity is my great desire in a single, large, generous, Ignatian word. Magis is my way.