Xavier students head into the surrounding neighborhood for Community Action Day.

Nothing is more practical than

finding God, than

falling in Love

in a quite absolute, final way.

Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., knew what he was talking about when he wrote this. When we find God, we fall in love. God in everywhere and in everyone.

Something that sticks out to me as evidence of God’s love is the work people do for others. In the midst of our busy college lives, it’s always a wonderful sight to see people take time out of their busy lives to help others.

That is exactly what my great aunt told me when she found out I was helping a family have the Christmas they wanted last semester. It felt good to know she saw the love I showed to the family.

Love is at work everywhere we go because God is everywhere, and God is love. His love can be seen in humans’ love for one another. Xavier students have a reputation for being very polite. We always hold the door for others (no matter how heavy it is); we show respect for each other’s religious backgrounds, ethnicities and genders; and we see past disabilities. Whether it’s a simple act of helping someone with their homework, giving kind words of encouragement when times get rough or helping a girl who is blind find her way when she gets lost, I’ve seen God’s love through the acts of love Xavier students show on a daily basis.

Service changes the world because it inspires others to show God’s love through the work they do. Our world can be as close as Norwood or as far away as Africa. There are many opportunities for us to change the world around us. Many students participate in X-Change and serve the local community, and some students decide to participate in an Alternative Break (AB) trip that goes somewhere else in the country or even to another country. These people inspire me to serve others and show God’s love to those in need.

Love means many things. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 tells us, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

I like to think these are good qualities that God possesses as well: “God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him” (1 John 4:8).

Without God, there would be no love in the world. In the same way, if we don’t choose to show God’s love everyday, there will be no love in the world. We need to be the vehicles of God’s love to others every day. This can be done in big and small ways. God is seen in every act we do for others. Service doesn’t have to include soup kitchens or even AB trips. Choose to serve others around you every day. Use Father Arrupe’s “Fall in Love” prayer to inspire you to show God’s love every day:

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.

When we choose to serve others, we are choosing to love others in the same way that He did. God loves us so much He sent His only Son to die on the cross for our salvation. Lent is a reminder of that love. This love decided everything for our lives. Nothing is more practical than that.

devonDevon James is a first year theology and public relations double major. When she isn’t working as a student worker in the CFJ, you can see her singing in AcaBellas and Liturgical Choir or studying hard in Gallagher. She also has her own blog that can be found here.