We’re told not to be a quitter, but sometimes there are great benefits in saying “no” and quitting. It all depends on what our investments are and what we’re willing to invest to progress in our God-given calling.
The other day at a pond by my house I saw a boy who stopped suddenly to look at the sailboats. Nothing special about them, except the boy was experiencing a moment of God’s presence in beauty.
Have you noticed how many kinds and colours of fruits and vegetables there are? Our God is a god of the land. The natural world, the farms, the plants, are “thin” spaces where we can find God.
Stumptown coffee takes care in the product it produces. It’s a craft. Whether they realise it or not the folks at Stumptown glorify God because all work can glorify God. Is our work done with such attention and care?
Life is far from understandable. So how can we find some solace when we find ourselves, once again, saying “I don’t understand!”? Saint Ignatius says we must not surrender just our wills to God but also our understanding.
I was at an aquarium the other day and as I was peering into the tanks I saw the oddest of creatures: a purple sea urchin. As I stared at this creature, which by nature of creatures is living, I wondered what its purpose was—Why did God make it? Perhaps its purpose was to remind me of God.
We have a tendency to say thank you because it’s expected or it’s a social norm. But Ignatius encourages us to be more intentional about gratitude.
Here is an excerpt from a piece I wrote on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit for Pentecost (this Sunday). You’ll find the full article (link below) has an Ignatian slant. “On Pentecost Sunday, God breathed the Holy Spirit into the apostles to remind them that they were not alone. […]
With Mother’s Day on Sunday there’s one mother you don’t want to forget to acknowledge: your teenage mother. I’m talking about Mary, the mother of Jesus.