The whole of man’s history has been the story of dour combat with the powers of evil” (Vatican II, Gaudium et Spes, 37). For this reason, our motto, “Certa bonum certamen fidei” – “Fight the good combat of the faith” (1 Tim 6:12) – urges us to wage our personal spiritual battle and conquer souls, aided by the grace of God, so that Christ may reign not only in individuals but also in society.
We look to St. Ignatius of Loyola as our Master of the spiritual life. He teaches us to love and serve Jesus Christ, our “true and supreme Captain”; to cultivate especially the virtues of humility and obedience; to do always that which is greatest: that which is most perfect, noble, and agreeable in the eyes of the Lord.
“Abnegation is the proper characteristic of the servant who, by definition, belongs not to himself but to his Lord; it is the virtue of entire and unconditional service. It is the renunciation of self-love… that sacrifices itself unreservedly, for the works and interests of Jesus Christ” (Const. 18).
“Filial love and veneration of the Holy Father is a salient feature of our Religious Order. In Rome we possess the beacon of the Truth” (Const. 78).