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The beloved Falling in Love prayer is commonly attributed to Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ, but is actually believed to be a quote from Fr. Joseph P. Whelan, SJ. Fr. Whelan served many different roles, including provincial of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus, American assistant to the superior general of the Jesuits in Rome and research fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University. He passed away in 1994. This print of his quote was created by calligrapher Holly V. Monroe.


Calligraphy by Holly Monroe 

Nothing is more practical than
finding God, that is, 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.

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