Following St. Ignatius’ invitation to the Jesuits to become “contemplatives in action” we would like to invite all educators from our global community of Jesuit schools to encourage students to put into practice what is it to be “contemplative in action”, by creating artistic expressions of the meaning behind some of St. Ignatius’ famous phrases and share them with other students around the world.
Being a “contemplative in action” means that your active life feeds your contemplative life and your contemplative life informs your active life. That is what contemplation in action means, and the cycle never ends. Contemplation allows us to renew our active lives (work, play, relationships) so that all we do does not become mindless action but rather glorifies God.
How to participate?
Invite your students to choose one of the following phrases from St. Ignatius of Loyola and motivate them to use this phrase to create an expression of art, such as: drawings, sketches, paintings or photos.
- “Love ought to show itself in deeds more than in words.”
- “Find God in all things”
- Legend has it that Saint Ignatius, when he sent Saint Francis Xavier to the East, told him: “go, set the world alight.”
- “When you say anything in secret, speak as if you were speaking to the whole world”
- “The man (person) who sets about making others better is wasting his (his/her) time, unless he (he/she) begins with himself (himself/herself).”
- “Care for the whole person” – best known as Cura Personalis
Bringing these phrases to action, as an expression of art, is a fabulous way to celebrate the founder of the Society of Jesus on July 31st. Join Us!
When is the due date?
Send us your students’ artistic creations by July 15th.
The art pieces can be shared in the following formats: PDF, JPG, PNG.
All submissions will be shared on St. Ignatius Day (July 31st, 2020) for you to use in your classrooms as materials to inspire your students to learn more about St. Ignatius and his teachings, and as a way to encourage them to become “contemplatives in action”.
How to submit the art pieces?
Please upload your students arts using the button below.
Click on the pencil to include the name of the school, the country, and the phrase which the art is representing. Also, if you like you can include the name and age of the student.
“St. Ignatius in Action”
A Global Artistic Celebration for St. Ignatius Day 2020
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