Thursday, August 16, 2012

Spirituality: Pedro Arrupe - Advice to a Young Man

To a young man who wishes to be a Jesuit, I would say:

"Stay at home if this idea makes you unsettled or nervous.

Do not come to us if you love the church like a stepmother, rather than a mother;
Do not come if you think that in so doing you will be doing the Society of Jesus a favor.

Come if serving Christ is at the very center of your life.

Come if you have broad and sufficiently strong shoulders.
Come if you have an open spirit, a reasonably open mind, and a heart larger than the world.

Come if you know how to tell a joke and can laugh with others and.... on occasion you can laugh at yourself.