Pedro Arrupe is the Jesuit that I know most about, thanks to Dr. Bergman, social justice exemplar himself. Arrupe’s relationship with God, and his relationship with people, is something that everyone can aspire to. Oftentimes social justice exemplars serve as these sort of out-of-this-world moral standards that are so obviously unachievable by the average person, but Arrupe is so much more human than that.
He suffered when those he was with suffered, he remained in solidarity to the fullest extent–to his fullest extent. Pedro Arrupe served some of his time Japan, which coincided with the beginning of World War II. He was accused of being a spy and thrown in jail. He witnessed an atomic bomb explosion and performed medical services on those injured during this attack. He saw the devastation humans were capable of committing, and in turn, committed himself to being a presence of light among those that were suffering.
Arrupe did all this in an extraordinarily relatable way–searching for the good in everyone and each moment, and keeping up a steady conversation with God. In reading excerpts about him–of which there are plenty- he remains an example easy to follow. A relatable social justice exemplar if there ever was one, placed in unexpected circumstances and delivering through prayer, patience and love–how easy is that?
CCSJ Student Coordinator
Class of 2015
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