Thursday, July 19, 2012

Fall in Love.

If there is one saying that I will never forget about famous Ignatian quotations, it would be that of Blessed Pedro Arrupe, S.J. To quote him:

"Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything."

I just think that it speaks of the entirety of life and how we live it. Its really just so simple that the simplicity of such makes it so hard to achieve. I think the basic notion is that when there is something we like and we are passionate about it, it becomes so easy to do and so easy to achieve. But the hard thing is finding what we really want and what will really make us happy. Its really about finding that one thing that will drive you to excel and do the best that you can. Its about finding what you love and using that love to do extraordinary things. The HARD part of it is finding that one thing to fall in love with. (Of course, "thing" would not always mean material.)

Ignatian Spirituality shared that to be able to achieve this, we must find God in all things and to fall in love with God. By doing so, we are able to see significance and respect for everything. We are able to appreciate and experience in a clearer, more deeper sense. In all the things, we are able to identify the stuffs that will make us happy and the others that we really don't need. There is instilled in us a sense of inspiration and we become passionate. We strive to do the best that we can and we feel so successful in every attempt. Once you have fallen, the staying in love is what makes everything so worthwhile. By staying with God, nothing will be impossible. With God, we are able to move on with the past, inspire others at present, and hope for the best in the future. If we are able to find that sense of fulfillment in everything we do, it just naturally flows. It fuels us and makes us go the extra mile. We are able to realize that we shall always see God in this crazy world; that the presence of God is in others; that above all, we have to trust love. 

I will, of course, share with you the full text so that you guys out there will be inspired! :)

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 do with your evenings,
how you spend your weekend,
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.

-Blessed Pedro Arrupe, S.J.


Sheena Fiel

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