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Arrupe on Retreat: An Introduction to the Jesuits and Ignatian Spirituality

Arrupe on Retreat: An Introduction to the Jesuits and Ignatian Spirituality

During the month of February Arrupe students had the opportunity to go on retreat at LUREC (Loyola University’s Retreat and Ecology Center). These retreats, led by Jamie Calder, SJ, a Jesuit from the Australian Province, introduced students to the Jesuits and Ignatian spirituality. Arrupe students learned about the values of Jesuit education and the lives of St. Ignatius Loyola and Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ. They also spent time learning and practicing the examen of consciousness, a daily prayer and reflection exercise that helps identify God’s presence in our lives. Arrupe student Brandon Thomas reflected about his retreat experience upon his return to school:

“We are all contemplatives in action”- Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ

This quote was the main message throughout the entire retreat and it made me think about life. It made me think about how we can change the world and how Arrupe is teaching me to be a better person. On my retreat I had plenty of time to reflect about why I am on this earth and the answer came to me simply but it is also complicated. I have to step out of my comfort zone. I have to meet new people, work with others, and be someone that desires to serve others.

When I think back on the retreat I can hear the words of St. Ignatius: “go and set the world on fire.” I believe that we should set the world on fire with love, hope and service to others. Thank you, Arrupe, for offering this retreat and helping me find this answer.