Nothing is more powerful than falling in love – and staying in love. The Second Vatican Council fathers knew this. Blessed John Paul II knew this. Pope Benedict XVI knows this. And, Father Pedro Arrupe, S.J. knew this. Father Arrupe was the keynote speaker at the 1976 bicentennial Eucharistic Congress. Father Arrupe’s comments echoed the Second Vatican Council fathers’ decree to fall in love. After Father Arrupe’s inspiring speech a skeptic naysayer raised his hand and commented, “Falling in love. That’s great, but give me something practical.” Without skipping a beat, Father Arrupe quickly responded:
“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, 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.”
The purpose of the Institute for Priestly Formation is to help priests and seminarians do everything with God. We do this convinced that “nothing is more practical than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way.” If men “fall in love and stay in love, it will decide everything.” Thus, everything we do at IPF is geared to help priests and seminarians fall in love, stay in love, so that their love for God decides everything.
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