Fall in Love Prayer Video

Reflect today with this video of the popular poem “Fall in Love,” attributed to Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ. The poetic prayer is appropriate at any time of year, but in this month of Valentine’s Day we also recognize the formal opening of Arrupe’s cause for beatification and canonization, just days ago. As Jim Manney writes in An Ignatian Book of Days, “In the Ignatian view, love is very concrete. Arrupe says that it is practical. […]

Love, Relationship, and How We Live

The other day, I was sorting through some old papers and came across the “Fall in Love” prayer attributed to Pedro Arrupe, SJ. His thoughts are so simple yet so profound. I was glad to come across them again. The first time I read these words, though, I was completely intimidated. It was my first Ignatian retreat, and Arrupe’s words presented such a challenge that I had to fight the urge to hightail it out […]

Stay in Love

“Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.” —Pedro Arrupe, SJ Arrupe’s words about falling in love as a metaphor for vocation are well-known. (If you don’t know the full text of the work, you can find it here.) At Jesuit colleges like my own, we spend a lot of time on the part about falling in love: find work about which you can be passionate. Choose a major that draws you, […]

The People for Others That Inspire Me

In 1973, Pedro Arrupe, SJ, changed my life. (I was four years old at the time, toddling around a backyard on the other side of the ocean.) In what was termed a “radical” address for its day, Arrupe spoke in Valencia, Spain, to a congress of Jesuit alumni and coined the term “men [and women] for others.” He called for the formation of men and women for others to be the “prime educational objective” of […]

Falling in Love

Dayna Pizzigoni rewrites Pedro Arrupe’s famous “Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way,” to claim that “Nothing is more practical than falling in love, than finding God.” She shares her story of Falling in Love and Finding God at the Meaning Making blog. It’s a good read on this Valentine’s Day.

Pedro Arrupe and Perpetual Call

Pedro Arrupe, former Superior General of the Jesuits, wrote a great deal about vocation and mission. In one writing he speaks of Christ’s call as manifested in the Call of the King meditation in the Spiritual Exercises. “Each one of us, at one time or another, has heard that call,” Arrupe says. “Each has come to realize that, in responding to it, he is fulfilling a mission and thus giving to his life a depth […]

Falling in Love

This is a guest post by Greg Herrle for Week Eight of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure. Looking back on this Ignatian Prayer Adventure, I experienced many ups and downs. At times, it was easy to create time to stop life and pray; at others, I found it difficult to escape the craziness that is life. Many times certain words or prayers easily caught my senses, and I could feel God speaking to me. Of course, […]

What Are You in Love With?

Here’s something from my book God Finds Us: An Experience of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, just published by Loyola Press.  I talk about Ignatius’s aim in writing The Spiritual Exercises. What exactly did Ignatius have in mind? Many commentators on the Exercises say they are about helping us make good decisions. That’s surely true: early in the Exercises we ask “what have I done for Christ? What am I doing for Christ? What […]

An Arrupe Anniversary

Sunday is the anniversary of the death of Pedro Arrupe, SJ, superior general of the Jesuits from 1965-83.  He was a charismatic man who led the Jesuits through a difficult time of transition.  After he suffered a debilitating stroke he wrote this wonderful prayer: More than ever I find myself in the hands of God. This is what I have wanted all my life from my youth. But now there is a difference; the initiative […]

Refrigerator Reminders

No kid stuff to plaster all over my refrigerator with fruit magnets, just stuff that has captured my attention. Mostly images, snippets of scripture, prayers. Some stuff, like the laminated Sacred Heart of Jesus card from a funeral back in 1996 has been posted on at least three different refrigerators since then.  The chart with Shabbat candle lighting times for Baltimore, Maryland is about to be replaced when 5772 blows in on September 29. One […]

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