Wednesday January 9 –
“What you are in love with,
what seizes your imagination,
will affect everything.”
Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J.
This man of great hope and playful humor served as the Jesuit Novice Director in Hiroshima, 1945, the day the atomic bomb fell upon that city. As the scale of destruction began to be clear, he and the novices formed medical emergency teams (Arrupe had medical training before he became a Jesuit) and walked the city looking for people who were still alive. They carried as many as could fit all over the floors their home to the Novitiate, and tended wounds: Not many world leaders came so close to nuclear weapons in action as this man. “Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.”
Nothing is more practical than finding God,
that is, 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 will do with your evenings,
how you spend your weekends,
what you read, who 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.
Attributed to Pedro Arrupe, sj while he was Superior General of the Society of Jesus. (1965-1981)