A.M.D.G. Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam.
[ahd mah-yaw-rem de-ee glaw-ree-ahm]
Is the motto of the Society of Jesus, a religious order within the auspices of the Catholic Church known better by their informal name “Jesuits”. The motto is translated into English as
“For the greater glory of God”
The origin of the phrase is attributed to the founder of the Jesuits, Saint Ignatius of Loyola, who intended it to serve as a cornerstone sentiment of the society’s religious philosophy. The full phrase attributed to St. Ignatius is Ad maiorem Dei gloriam inque hominum salute or “for the greater glory of God and salvation of man” It is a summary of the idea that any work that is not evil, even one that would normally be considered inconsequential to the spiritual life, can be spiritually meritorious if it is performed in order to give glory to God.