Fr. Arrupe suffered a debilitating stroke in August 1981 and endured it with patience for over 9 years until his death in February 1991. He composed this prayer after his stroke:
More than ever I find myself in the hands of God.
This is what I have wanted all my life from my youth.
But now there is a difference;
the initiative is entirely with God.
It is indeed a profound spiritual experience
to know and feel myself so totally in God's hands.* * *
The forward of an Orbis Book of Pedro Arrupe: Essential Writings noted that he "was a spiritual master in the line of John the Baptist." Fr. Arrupe always pointed to Jesus.
Jesuit houses, parishes, schools and other works remember him in particular ways.