Why begin today's entry with this quote? Well, as it happens, today is the feast of Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. It was not until last summer, actually, that I became aware of St. Ignatius and his forms of prayer. (I've always been accustomed to the Salesian order, having gone to a Salesian high school, served as a counselor at a Salesian summer camp, and, finally, worked at a Salesian elementary school. Yes, once a Salesian, always a Salesian.)
Quite frankly, I find Ignatian prayer/spirituality (I recommend using the Examen) a most marvelous and meaningful addition to prayer life because at its heart is the idea of God being intimately involved in our lives in even the smallest and most mundane ways.
And it is about taking time to reflect on and recognize those instances where God has made himself truly present to us, whether it be through a friend, through nature, through work, or even through a complete stranger.
I personally like finding God in nature...
|Flowers in Loose Park, Kansas City|
|view from the dock, Michigan|