Where did you find God in… or Where do you need to find God in… your work?
I find God or, rather, God finds me all over the place at work.
The first thing that sprang to mind was our 19th Annotation (Spiritual Exercises) group that meets together every Wednesday at lunchtime. It is always a sacred space, a walking on holy ground and an honor and great joy to witness. We are about a dozen people trying to arrive at spiritual freedom and seeking what God’s dream is for each of us. I am always aware that God is close.
But even in the hustle and bustle of the regular work day, I am constantly reminded that we’re trying to transform lives by helping young people and adults become closer friends with God. I love, love, love my work.
So, where do you find – or need to find – God in your work?
There was an old woman in China who had supported a monk for over twenty years. She had built a little hut for him and fed him while he was meditating. Finally she wondered just what progress he had made in all this time.
To find out, she obtained the help of a girl rich in desire. “Go and embrace him,” she told her, “and then ask him suddenly: ‘What now?’”
The girl called upon the monk and without much ado caressed him, asking him what he was going to do about it.
“An old tree grows on a cold rock in winter,” replied the monk somewhat poetically. “Nowhere is there any warmth.”
The girl returned and related what he had said.
“To think I fed that fellow for twenty years!” exclaimed the old woman in anger. “He showed no consideration for your need, no disposition to explain your condition. He need not have responded to passion, but at least he could have evidenced some compassion;”
She at once went to the hut of the monk and burned it down.
I can never get enough of time-lapse videos of the night sky. This one was filmed in San Pedro de Atacama region of Northern Chile and, apart from the music, is absolutely stunning. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Vinita Hampton Wright recently told me that in the Penance Rite that her Episcopal church uses she prays for forgiveness for the wrongs she has done and for the wrong that is done on her behalf. That’s slightly different from the Roman Catholic, “for what I have done and what I have failed to do.”
All too often in Lent, I get into fretting over my direct sins (and, being Irish, have a thoroughly good time while I’m at it!) but this year I’m going to try to concentrate more on what I’ve failed to do and for the evil I’ve allowed to be done in my name.
I think I need a broader appreciation of where I need conversion to the Lord.
Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday and we’ll begin another Lenten season. If you want to observe Lent with the help of online materials, Loyola Press has a few ideas for you.
Other6 Prays Lent has been a feature for several years, but this year I’m answering some of the daily prompts in blog posts here on Tuesdays. Join me as we broaden our thinking about where God can be found.
+3 Minutes for Lent returns for our Facebook fans, with various people answering the questions posed in the 3-Minute Retreat each day.
Arts & Faith: Lent invites you to enjoy video commentary about a work of art inspired by the Sunday Scriptures, with accompanying Ignatian reflections at our sister blog dotMagis.
The Ignatian Workout for Lent is a new book and an online retreat. In the online version at dotMagis, Tim Muldoon’s audio reflections accompany suggestions for prayer and action each Monday during Lent and Easter week.