Mini-Retreat with Pedro Arrupe: Day Two

Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ, was born on November 14, 1907, and based Jesuit Refugee Service on November 14, 1980. Now, November 14 is acknowledged as JRS Day. In honor of JRS Day and its founder, be part of us this week for a web-based mini-retreat. The essential content material is excerpted from the mini-retreat present in Pedro Arrupe: A Heart Larger Than the World by Brian Grogan, SJ.

Wednesday Theme

“Know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge” (Ephesians 3:19).


“But who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:15).

Pedro’s Reflections

When requested in a tv interview, “Who is Jesus Christ for you?” the query took Pedro unexpectedly, and he answered it in a very spontaneous means when he stated: “For me Jesus Christ is everything. Take Jesus Christ from my life and everything would collapse, like a human body from which someone had removed the skeleton.”

“It could be said that every line of the Gospel, every word of it, is throbbing with the boundless love of Christ, who is burning with love for every human being, and who dwells in the innermost depths of our heart. So we can speak with Jesus heart-to-heart: he and we can listen to one another, feel for one another.”

My Prayer

As two buddies chatting with each other, I ask Jesus for the grace to make him the “everything” of my life.


Say very slowly the Our Father.

Contemplative During the Day

As alternative arises and in Examen time, muse over the reflection, Fall in Love.

In honor of JRS Day, pray the JRS Examen.

Reflect with this video telling the story of Arrupe’s arrest in Japan and his forgiveness of his captors.

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