Repentance, is such a confusing word. But, if we are to take this at its word; Repentence, finds its origins in our Greek, metanoia which means “to change one’s mind” or, to take one step further meta (big, expand,) and noia (mind, understanding, thinking) it brings us closer to the experience of “blowing your mind”. This is precisely what is going on when we encounter God. It is a bit like what a safecracker does when they “blow a safe.” Our mind is blown wide open. But, in our society today to change one’s mind has become so attached to political promises (backflip) that we are losing to grace necessary to change and to be accepted when we do change our mind. Nothing changes our mind more completely than falling love, being captivated by a call where nothing and everything makes sense.
Falling In Love–Attributed to Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ (1907–1991)
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 Arrupe was the Superior General of the Jesuits until he had a stroke at
the age of 44; with the support of his secretary continued his discipleship
of encouragement by saying, "I am ever the apostle I was." The call
remains deep and it will keep you when we would want to run.