Thought for the Day – 27 July
Today is the feast of Blessed Rudolf Aquaviva S.J. (1550-1583), who laboured for four years at the court of the Muslim king at Agra, India, seeking converts to Christ. The mission failed. Shortly after, Bl Rudolf and four associates were martyred by a Hindu mob. He wrote movingly of patient hope in the face of apparent failure:
“You know how I longed for this mission and how delighted I was when it was granted me. I have been able to do what I wished for—to bear witness to the name of Jesus Christ before the kings and rulers of this world.
We cannot speak out the truth for fear that if we go too far we endanger the life of King Akbar. So we neither die because they do not kill us and yet we do not live for our zeal wears us out. Or we live only by hope, though that is very uncertain whether it may not turn out rather evil than good. Ours is a very uncertain outlook as far as the King’s conversion goes.
Still, the Lord makes us realise that our labours are just as pleasing and acceptable to His divine majesty as if we were to obtain that for which we are striving, for God is a witness of inmost feelings and a searcher of the heart (see Wisdom 1:6). For day and night we are toiling at a work of great service to God, the planting of his faith in a barbarous nation at such peril of our lives.”
….For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond alll measure…2 Corinthians 4:17
We do NOT give up – ever, for the Lord is with us and blesses our zealous hearts! Blessed Aquaviva please pray for us!
Pedro Arrupe SJ, superior general of the Jesuits from 1965-1983, died on this day in 1991.
He guided the Society through the tumultuous post-Vatican II years. He called for a renewed commitment to the Society’s roots in the Spiritual Exercises and he oriented the Jesuits toward service to the poor and to refugees.
He had a charismatic personality and was beloved by many in the Society and outside it.
He articulated the goal of Jesuit education as training “men and women for others”:
“………men and women who will live not for themselves but for God and His Christ—for the God-human who lived and died for all the world; men and women who cannot even conceive of love of God which does not include love for the least of their neighbours; men and women completely convinced that love of God which does not issue in justice for others is a farce.” (Pedro Arrupe: Essential Writings, Kevin Burke, Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books 2004, p. 173)
Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honour………Romans 12:9-10
Are you complacent, too accepting of things as they are? Talk to God about this.
Today is the Memorial of the Patron of the Missions and, after St Paul, known as one of the greatest of all Missionaries. One of his most beloved attributes was his great love for his friends, most especially St Ignatius Loyola, St Peter Faber and the other founding members of the Society of Jesus.
“For my own great comfort and that I may have you constantly in mind, I have cut from your letters to me your NAMES, written in your own hand and these I always carry about with me, together with the Vow of Professions I made, to be my solace and refreshment.”
“We, who are many, are one in body in Christ and individually we are members one of another.”….Romans 12:5
Think about your friends. What can you do to make your friendships stronger? How can we show them them that we cherish and love them?
St Francis Xavier, St Ignatius Loyola Pray for us!