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.)
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
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