Teach Me Your Ways

Teach me your way of looking at people:

as you glanced at Peter after his denial,

as you penetrated the heart of the rich young man

and the hearts of your disciples.

I would like to meet you as you really are,

since your image changes those with whom you

     come into contact.

Remember John the Baptist’s first meeting with you?

And the centurion’s feeling of unworthiness?

And the amazement of all those who saw miracles

     and other wonders?

How you impressed your disciples,

the rabble in the Garden of Olives,

Pilate and his wife

and the centurion at the foot of the cross. . . .

I would like to hear and be impressed

by your manner of speaking,

listening, for example, to your discourse in the

     synagogue in Capharnaum

or the Sermon on the Mount where your audience

     felt you “taught as one who has authority.”

Pedro Arrupe, SJ

Excerpt from Hearts on Fire: Praying with Jesuits, edited by Michael Harter, SJ.


Related Links

Personal Prayer of Pedro Arrupe
In the Hands of God by Pedro Arrupe, SJ