Today I want to share with you an extract from Jim Manney’s God Finds Us. Here Jim writes about finding God in all things:
Some Christian traditions emphasize God’s absence from the world. Ignatian spirituality emphasizes God’s presence. This flows from a Catholic sacramental perspective that sees God as present in the world through the incarnation of Christ. It brings God down to earth.
“Christ is found in ten thousand places,” said the Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins. It also elevates earth to God; Hopkins also wrote that “the world is charged with the grandeur of God.” “Nothing human is merely human,” wrote the theologian Ronald Modras. “No common labor is merely common. Classrooms, hospitals, and artists’ studios are sacred spaces. No secular pursuit of science is merely secular.” Everything that deepens our humanity deepens our knowledge of God.
This expansive view of God’s presence should make us humble. Finding God in all things means that no doctrine, religious tradition, philosophical scheme, or devotional practice can exhaust the mystery that is God. We will never reach the end of “all things.” We can’t grasp the immensity of the cosmos or the vastness of human experience. Something will always lie outside our understanding. Something will always come along to make God present to us in a new way.
I find this all deeply consoling.