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Saturday Song

No song today, but a video. Today is the 21st anniversary of the death of Pedro Arrupe, SJ. Father Arrupe was the 28th Superior General of the Jesuits and was a great reformer of his order. There remains an ongoing swirl of distrust among some Catholics and the Jesuits (aka, the Society of Jesus), but past problems have been reconciled.  The Body of Christ is wounded when I Google Fr. Arrupe’s name and see things like a list of evil people. The internet has no boundaries, even if it is my ministry space… Please do not believe everything you read there. I do take what we publish extremely seriously and would not ever intentionally spread something inappropriate.

In any event, Arrupe envisioned a world formed by justice that is found in following and being obedient to Christ. That’s pretty Catholic as I understand it. He believed that we must become “men and women for others;” to live lives of service and devotion.

In any event, these words are attributed to Fr. Arrupe:

Nothing is more practical than
finding God, than
falling in Love
in a quite absolute, final way.
What you are in love with,
what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.
It will decide
what will get you out of bed in the morning,
what you do with your evenings,
how you spend your weekends,
what you read, whom you know,
what breaks your heart,
and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.
Fall in Love, stay in love,
and it will decide everything.

The video that I present today is part of a series. This is a shorter one, but so profound.  Here, Father Vincent O’Keefe, SJ speaks about Arrupe’s special love for the poor of Christ.

What do the Jesuits mean to you? Good? Bad? Indifferent?


4 Responses

  1. Thank you, Fran, for this beautiful celebration of Padre Arrupe, a hero of mine and, it seems, an even greater hero for those who have known him.
    It is inspiring to remember a great soul.

  2. I just sent my sister and brother-in-law an anniversary card which quoted the last couple of lines. I got it from http://www.cardsbyanne.com. She has many with wonderful quotes from many sources.

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