Deeds not words

I studied at St. Britto High School, a Jesuit school in Goa. The school motto, which is also on the school coat of arms is “Facta non verba” which translates to “Deeds, not words”

St. Britto High School – Coat of Arms

Love is not something that just remains a feeling within, but eventually reflects in our actions. This love is in relation to our self family, friends and even extends to our work.

Love ought to find its expression in deeds more than in words

St Ignatius of Loyola, Spiritual Exercises 230

In the fourth week of the Spiritual Exercises, Ignatius talks about love finding expression in deeds more than in words and this is why Jesuits are often referred to as “Contemplatives In Action” (CIA!). All our encounters with the divine should flow into our interactions with all we meet every day.

We live in a high-speed world where our work and personal life are often mashed into one big blur of activity. Most of us operate from two gears – fast and faster! In the midst of all the hustle and bustle of life, we need to make time to pause and reflect, pause and be grateful, pause and look back to see what I may need to improve or change, a time to Examen. Getting into a cycle of Experience, Reflection, Action leads to life of love lived out in deeds and not merely words.

Are you ready to join the CIA today? 🙂

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