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Two Prayers from Pedro Arrupe

Black and white photo of Pedro Arrupe
Photo of Pedro Arrupe by Don Doll
Photo of Pedro Arrupe by Don Doll

Pedro Arrupe, SJ, Superior General of the Society of Jesus from 1965 to 1983, died on 5 February 1991. His leadership saw a great deepening of the Jesuit commitment to a faith that does justice.

Pope Benedict XVI, speaking at the Jesuits’ General Congregation 35, acknowledged the establishment of the Jesuit Refugee Service as one of Arrupe’s “far-sighted intuitions”. Much loved and considered by many to be a saint, the cause for his canonisation was launched in 2018. There are several steps in the process of being formally recognised as a saint, which James Martin SJ explains here.

Here are two of Pedro Arrupe’s most loved prayers. James Martin SJ says that the first is attributed to him, and was probably copied down during one of his public lectures. The second was written after suffered a stroke. Now, as well as joining Servant of God Pedro Arrupe in praying these prayers, we can ask his intercessions for us.

Falling in Love

Nothing is more practical than
finding God, 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 do with your evenings,
how you 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.

In the Hands of God

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 is entirely with God.
It is indeed a profound spiritual experience
to know and feel myself
so totally in God’s hands.

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