Pedro Arrupe, S.J, was the Superior General of the Jesuit order from 1965-1983 when he resigned due to a debilitating stroke.
A survivor of the bombing of Hiroshima, he was deeply committed to the work of social justice even when it came at great personal cost. Here is a poem Arrupe wrote found in the marvelous book The Ignatian Adventure by Kevin O’Brien S.J.:
Nothing is more practical than finding God,
that is, 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 will do with your evenings,
how you will 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.
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