At the center of the LST front lawn is a statue and mosaic designed by Jesuit artist Fr. Rene B. Javellana, S.J., and assisted by Fr. Jason Dy, S.J. “Kindling the Fire” depicts the religious experience of St. Ignatius of Loyola by the River Cardoner:
“While at Manresa, Ignatius had an experience at the River Cardoner that opened his eyes. Reality became transparent to him to see God working in the depths of everything and inviting him to ‘help souls’. This view of reality taught him a contemplative way of standing in the world. He does not sweeten or falsify painful realities. Rather he begins with them, exactly as they are – poverty, forced displacement, violence between people, abandonment, structural injustice – but then he points to how God’s Son was born in these realities; and it is here that sweetness is found” (Excerpt from the Jesuit General Congregation 35 Decree 2, “A Fire that Kindles Other Fires”, nos. 5-6). The Hebrew letters in the middle of the mosaic spell YESHUA (Jesus).