At a recent gathering of Loyola Press folks, my pal Chris gave a short presentation which impacted several of us greatly. He posited three “rules”:
1. God takes the initiative. We go on and on about finding God in all things. The truth is that God finds us or, rather, allows us to find the already present God.
2. God is not up there; God is here. Ignatian spirituality has no time for the “Divine Watchmaker” view, where a distant God set the universe in motion and then retired to a safe distance to see how it all unfolds. No, the Spirit of God labors with us in building up the Reign of God.
3. God usually works in small ways. Because God is all-powerful, we tend to look for God in the spectacular and amazing. And, although God has performed wonders such as the crossing of the Red Sea and the miracle of the loaves and fishes, God usually is present in the normal, the ordinary, the daily grind of life.
Do you have any other “rules” you’d like to add?