Pedro Arrupe: His Life and Legacy DVD

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Frank Frost Productions, Inc.
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43 minutes
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Pedro Arrupe, S.J. has been called “The Second Founder” of the Society of Jesus. Confronted by momentous world events that helped shape his interior life, Arrupe was chosen to lead the Jesuits through a tumultuous period of ecclesial and cultural renewal after the Second Vatican Council. In the spirit of Ignatius of Loyola who sought the greater glory of God and the wellbeing of humankind, Arrupe championed a spirituality meant to engage the world rather than to retreat from it. As a result, Arrupe leaves a legacy that enriches not only Jesuits, but the world at large. His legacy is one of “men and women for others,” committed to human dignity, the common good, and the integration of lay men and women into the Jesuit mission – the service of faith and the promotion of justice.


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    Pedro Arrupe, His Life and Legacy (DVD)

    Posted by Okamoto on Feb 6th 2022

    I noticed Father Arrupe first for his sitting position. In no country in East Asia, people sit in that way except in Japan. Even accommodating Renaissance Jesuits thought it too much accommodation. Yet the twenty-eighth Superior General of the Society of Jesus is sitting in this quintessentially Japanese position with a quiet smile in his meditation. Pedro Arrupe pursued and pushed his predecessors’ accommodation to a new limit. This DVD includes several of the least offending, the least cruel, and the most benign scenes filmed by GHQ after the atomic bomb in Hiroshima to record its effect on human body. To have a small glimpse of what Father Arrupe saw, we have to watch the entire documentary. Even if we do so, it is only a film. Neither Germany nor Italy had this much suffering in exchange of their totalitarian regimes. The father experienced it live, and treated the wounded in the country that did not always treat him so well. The radical commitment to peace, continuous to Pope Francis today, is deeply rooted in the experience of Japan that is, with Arrupe, a human monument of prayer for peace.