My last entry was about falling in love. Since today is the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola it is appropriate to continue the thought by quoting a past Father General of the Jesuits, Fr. Pedro Arrupe, (pictured to the left.)
Fall in Love
Attributed to Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ (1907–1991)
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.
"Fall in Love, stay in love!" This is what the life of a Christian is about: falling in love with God and living life with that as our focus and motivation. St. Ignatius of Loyola taught this by how he lived his life totally devoted to Christ. He left behind a legacy through the Spiritual Exercises and the work of the men who have followed in his footsteps in the Society of Jesus, of which Fr. Arrupe was one. I could not write about Grand Coteau and fail to mention the Jesuits who live there and are formed there.
To all my Jesuit friends, and to all those connected with the mission of the Jesuits: Happy Feast Day! Let us continue to meet in the Heart of Jesus, the Lord of Love! Peace!
The icon is called St. Ignatius in Prayer Beneath the Stars by Rev. William Hart McNichols and it can be found at http://www.standreirublevicons.com/gallery.php?action=viewPicture&id=163
For more on the Jesuits at St. Charles College in Grand Coteau:
Heart Speaks to Heart