Magis Europe 2022 is being held in Croatia and it will also be the grand finale of the jubilee Ignatius 500 Year for European Jesuit youth. Therefore, we chose the motto for this year from the book of Spiritual Exercises, which in Spanish, the language it was originally written in, reads “sentir y gustar”.
Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and the author of the Spiritual Exercises, first mentioned these two words in the second annotation to the directors:
“No el mucho saber harta y satisface al anima, mas el sentir y gustar de las cosas internamente”.
It’s hard to translate them literally and keep the deep meaning intended in the context, but here we offer some of the renderings:
- For it is not knowing much, but realising and relishing things interiorly, that contents and satisfies the soul. | Elder Mullan, SJ (1914)
- For it is not much knowledge that fills and satisfies the soul, but the intimate understanding and relish of the truth. | Louis J. Puhl, SJ (1962)
- For what fills and satisfies the soul consists, not in knowing much, but in our understanding the realities profoundly and in savoring them interiorly. | George Ganss, SJ (1969)
As hosts of this meeting, we try to expose ourselves to the touches of everyday life and taste all the colors and flavors of life that God puts before us here in Croatia.
For all of you who come to us, we have chosen the most beautiful and most concealed Croatian stories in order to enable you to taste and relish the life that Croatia is full of through experiments and to give you an opportunity to meet the living God, ourselves and the local community.
Apply for one of the 40 experiments and feel and taste with your heart the untouched nature of Slavonia, Gorski Kotar, Primorje, and Dalmatia, the silent prayer in places bypassed by civilization, the centuries-old art of churches and monasteries or the one springing from ourselves, and the life, in all its variety, of the people who will share their days with you. Sentir y gustar Magis in Croatia 2022!