Staying in Love

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

This says it all! I keep coming back to this quote because it reminds me to look at what I'm doing and if it's done out of love for God. In such a reflection we can see clearly areas in which we may have fallen out of love with God. For example, prayer is never a question of time. It's a question of love. We always find time for the things we love. When we love prayer, we find time for it. When we're lukewarm about it, we pray "on the go" and it ends up being full of distractions. When we're uninterested in it, we fill our days with many others tasks.

Most of us have fallen in love with God. Fr. Pedro is wise in also saying, "stay in love." Staying in love takes effort. It requires time and attention with the beloved. It is an on-going process. That is why in the Hail Mary we say "pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death" because we need prayers that we are in love with God when we die. Because if we're in love, it decides everything.

Since Mother Mary was conceived without sin, she never fell out of love with God. She knows how to stay in love and she can help us! Mother Mary, pray for us.

"What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything."