This solid bronze Jesuit Pendant of Mission is 1.5 inches in diameter and comes with either a black nylon cord or a bronze keychain. Familiar to Jesuits and students at Jesuit institutions, the letters IHS on this sunburst Ignatian pendant are the first three letters of the name “Jesus” in Greek: ΙΗΣ (“Jesus” in Greek: ΙΗΣΟΥΣ or Ιησους). Go forth and set the world on fire! is a fitting mission for those formed in the Jesuit tradition who have become “women and men with and for others.”
An Ideal Gift for A Jesuit Teacher or Graduate
This solid bronze, heirloom-quality Ignatian symbol of mission represents the core spiritual, theological and educational values of the Jesuit tradition. Our heirloom-quality Ignatian pendant is an ideal gift for teachers or for students graduating from any Jesuit high school or Jesuit university. Creator Mundi also offers special pricing for non-profit institutions (including schools), so call us if you wish to place a quantity order for the Ignatian Pendant of Mission.
Ite, inflammate omnia!
Ite, inflammate omnia!—Go forth, and set the world on fire!–was the admonition that Saint Ignatius of Loyola gave to followers sent out on mission to a Europe torn by religious strife and to the far-flung peoples and nations of Asia. He wanted the passion and zeal for the Kingdom of God–God’s own fiery love for the world–enkindled in heart and soul. There is no more fitting admonition for Jesuits professing their first or final vows, or those being ordained to the diaconate or priesthood, nor are there more powerful words for the eager and idealistic young women and men studying at and graduating from Jesuit high schools and universities. Go forth, and set the world on fire! Go forth, and use the knowledge, the skills, the sharply honed intellect, the finely-tuned conscience, the theological acumen and the spiritual depth you’ve acquired; become women and men with and for others, be with them where they are and be for them by enkindling in them the fire of the Holy Spirit, the fire of God’s love for a broken and suffering world.
The fire of the Holy Spirit was on the mind of the great Jesuit paleontologist Fr. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin when he wrote:
The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides, and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, we shall have discovered fire.
— “The Evolution of Chastity,” in Toward the Future, 1936, XI, 86-87