I have talked before about my enthusiasm for the Ignatian tradition. One of the aspects of Ignatius’ thinking that I am only just beginning to grasp is the importance he places on desire. The church has often spoken of it as something to be mastered or repressed, but he believed that our truest desires were given to us by God, and so we ought to listen to them.
This poem, attributed to the Jesuit priest Pedro Arrupe, captures something of the beauty of giving in to those God-given desires, of following them and allowing them to change us.
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.
~ Fr Pedro Arrupe SJ
I love this poem because I want it to be true. I want everything I do to be an expression of love, but I know that all too often duty gets in the way, and the things that have seized my imagination have to wait for a tomorrow that never comes.
If something of that resonates with you, perhaps you could take some time this week to think about the things that you have fallen in love with. Ask yourself how often you allow those things to decide everything, and if that is often enough. If you feel you are able, commit to living out of love more often than out of duty.