The motto associated with St. Ignatius of Loyola and the order he founded, the Society of Jesus, is Ad maiorem Dei gloriam (To the greater glory of God). Under the influence of grace, his desire to become a courtier, soldier, and advisor to royalty transformed into a desire to serve Christ—all the way, no holds barred. This soldier fighting for God's glory changed the world through the establishment of the Jesuit order and his masterpiece, The Spiritual Exercises.
Bartolomé de las Casas is one of the most powerfully prophetic figures in the history of the Catholic Church. A witness to the terrible destruction of the indigenous peoples of the newly discovered Americas, he became a thorn in the side of the complacent, passionately advocating for human dignity and courageously speaking out against injustice. Las Casas anticipated modern social and political movements by hundreds of years, and vividly reminds us today that a commitment to justice is an essential dimension of Christian discipleship.