Our friends at The Jesuit Post are running a photo contest inviting people to submit photos that illustrate the elusive Jesuit/Ignatian term magis (which means the more, the better, the greater for God.)  Their headline asks, "What if St. Ignatius had a smartphone?"  That got me thinking, and prompted me to do some digging, which resulted in the discovery of some formerly overlooked writings of the saint.  So here are The Selected Tweets of St. Ignatius.  Or, how might a 27-year-old man have communicated his experiences using the medium that many in his generation are using today. (Thanks to Loyola Press for their Iggy image.)

 

@InigoLoyola

 

Feeling great.  Looking good.  Lots of ladies.  You should see my armor, dudes.  Sweet.  #LIVINGLARGE

 

Anyone in Loyola tonight?  #PARTYTIME

 

Back to soldiering.  Glad to be back with my buds.  #WORKAGAIN!

 

Ladies.  Wine.  #WHATCOULDBEBETTER?

 

Off to Pamplona to kick some French BUTT!  Should be great.  With my buds.  Plenty of ammo. Outnumbered but sure we'll win.  #NUMBERONE

 

BUMMER!  Got shot w cannonball in leg in Pamplona smackdown.  Hurts like @#$$.  Getting carried back to Loyola by FRENCH guys.  #NOWWHAT? 

 

Back in Loyola w family.  They're driving me nuts. Nothing to read except Lives of Saints and Life of Christ. Both boring.  #BOREDOUTOFSKULL

 

Liking the saints' lives book.  Not bad.  Thinking Dominic and Francis were pretty great.  Maybe I could do something like that.  #CRAZY? 

 

Feeling lots better. Thinking about the saints a lot. When I think about saints: good. About going back to old ways: lousy.  #INTERESTING

 

Want to change.  Need to change.  Will change.  #PRAYPRAYPRAY

 

Visions #BEAUTIFUL

 

Go to Montserrat.  Bum leg still.  Bums me out but not much.  Mountain climb tough.  Gave away clothes.  Sword too. Prayed a lot.  #FEELGOOD

 

At Manresa.  Heard of it?  Cool cave where I can pray.  Yeah, pray.  Pretty cold but I like it. Little house nearby where I stay. #WHATNEXT?

 

Must remember what happened by Cardoner River today.  Want to explain it someday but maybe can't.  #OVERWHELMED  #LOVEGOD  #BEAUTIFUL

 

Off to Holy Land!  Can't believe it.  Should be great.  Travel arrangements nutty.  Looking forward to seeing where Jesus walked.  #CANTWAIT

 

Got to Holy Land!  Jerusalem is awesome. Walked around everywhere. Saw Ascension place. Little chapel. Footprints. Hope to stay.  #HOLYLAND

 

Franciscans kicked me out of Holy Land!  BUMMER. Have to accept. Think they thought I was nuts.  Maybe they're right. Going home.  #NOWWHAT?

 

Sorry no Tweets for a while.  Studying hard.  Latin.  Other stuff.  Alcala and Salamanca are nice.  Begging a lot. Happy  #BACKTOBASICS

 

In Paris! Tres bien. Great food. Cool roommates: Francisco Javier (into sports).  Pierre Favre (quiet, prays, hard name to pronounce)  #DORM

 

Thinking about my friends, and what God wants.  Poverty.  Chastity.  Obedience.  Yes.  Might make it formal.  God feels close. #DISCERNING. 

 

Made vows in chapel in Montmartre.  Beautiful.  Good to have friends along for the ride.  Happy.  Peaceful.  #LOVEGOD

 

Ordained!  Can't believe it.  Happy.  Feel energized. Venice is cool.  Canals.  Should I learn to swim?  #THANKYOUGOD 

 

Off to Rome.  Via little town called La Storta.  Leg hurts.  But not so bad.  Can't wait to see Pope.  Holiness?  Excellency?  #HIGHHOPES

 

La Storta: Overwhelmed.  So happy.  Vision I have to explain some time.  #BEAUTIFUL  #THANKYOUGOD  #LOVEGOD

 

Decided to start "Society of Jesus."  Crazy huh?  But we're all decided and excited about new group.  Will ask Pope to approve.  #MAGIS

 

Pope said YES.  Official.  How did I get here?  How did we get here? God's GRACE!  Now have to find digs in Rome.  Lots to do. #STOKED

 

Elected SUPERIOR GENERAL.  BUMMED!  Don't like the admin work. Other guys insisted.  Think of all the letters to write!  #NOSETOGRINDSTONE

 

Said goodbye to best bud Francis.  He's off to Africa, India, maybe China.  He said, "Send me!" when I needed someone. Classy.  #GOODFRIENDS

 

Writing something I'm gonna call Spiritual Exercises. Dumb title? Something catchier? Old notes help. Four weeks? Going well though. #PRAY

 

Someone wants me to do my AUTOBIOGRAPHY.  Not happy about that.  Good to get down though.  But don't like talking about me.  #PAININTHENECK

 

Oh man.  Administration is for birds.  Some of these SJs (new shorthand) driving me nuts.  But most guys GREAT. LETTERS out the wazoo. #DESK

 

Not feeling well at all.  #SICK

 

So grateful to God.  #THANKYOU

 

Comments

Patricia Shannon | 11/2/2012 - 11:52am
I realize I smiled the entire time I read Iggy's tweets. Good job. Now, on the feat of All Souls I reflect that our entire life can be summed up in a few tweets. R.I.P.  Live forever in LOVE. 
Pedro Arrupe | 11/2/2012 - 2:40pm
I wonder what Ignatius would have tweeted about his experiences of being arrested/detained during the Inquisition? Peace - Anthony 
Sara Damewood | 11/1/2012 - 9:55pm
Makes me want to follow St. Iggy! #funny #informative #CleverJesuits #AMDG!
FRANK FROST MR | 11/1/2012 - 4:34pm
Fabulous, Jim.  For the first time I can imagine Ignatius as a real human being.  Instead of taking us back in history to meet him, you bring him into the present.
Bill Collier | 11/1/2012 - 1:19pm
Very clever!

I'd humbly add:

Said goodbye today to best bud Francis. Wont see him again on earth. Faith hurts. #WHATPROFITSAMAN
ANNALEE HULBURT | 11/1/2012 - 12:07pm
So clever - Love it!  my kids might even read it ;)  #consolation
Cody Serra | 11/1/2012 - 4:57pm
Your capacity to place yourself in the time, mind and heart of Iñigo is admirable...

Guess the practice with Ignatian meditation and your inner life truly help.

You make Iñigo sound contemporary and approachable.  His life story in tweets!!!

Thanks, Fr. Jim.