Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ, was born on November 14, 1907, and founded Jesuit Refugee Service on November 14, 1980. Now, November 14 is recognized as JRS Day. In honor of JRS Day and its founder, join us this week for an online mini-retreat. The main content is excerpted from the mini-retreat found in Pedro Arrupe: A Heart Larger Than the World by Brian Grogan, SJ.
“Know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge” (Ephesians 3:19).
“But who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15).
When asked in a television interview, “Who is Jesus Christ for you?” the question took Pedro by surprise, and he answered it in a completely spontaneous way when he said: “For me Jesus Christ is everything. Take Jesus Christ from my life and everything would collapse, like a human body from which someone had removed the skeleton.”
“It could be said that every line of the Gospel, every word of it, is throbbing with the boundless love of Christ, who is burning with love for every human being, and who dwells in the innermost depths of our heart. So we can speak with Jesus heart-to-heart: he and we can listen to one another, feel for one another.”
As two friends chatting with one another, I ask Jesus for the grace to make him the “everything” of my life.
Say very slowly the Our Father.
Contemplative During the Day
As opportunity arises and in Examen time, muse over the reflection, Fall in Love.
In honor of JRS Day, pray the JRS Examen.
Reflect with this video telling the story of Arrupe’s arrest in Japan and his forgiveness of his captors.
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