Finding God in all things is one of the key practices in Ignatian spirituality. It leads to an appreciation of the world, a gratitude for all we have been given, and a desire to give back. It connects us with God on the level of our imagination, a powerful formative and motivational force in our life.
It’s possible to find God in all things only if we open our eyes to the world around us, take it in, reflect on it, and let its beauty suffuse our awareness. It is a type of theocentric mindfulness, which sees all creation as a manifestation of the goodness of God, and therefore holy.
The photos I’ve assembled here represent moments which captured my imagination with a sense of order, beauty, or wonder–ordinary scenes from daily life experienced as somehow remarkable. My rendering of these images expresses my vision, my experience of the scene as a reflection of something beyond the surface, pointing ultimately to the divine intelligence, the divine love, which holds all creation in existence.
It is in our creative moments that we mirror this divine activity. I make no pretense that my creations are on a par with God’s, but I do offer them as one person’s interpretation of the world around us, and I invite you to enter into your own appreciation of the world as it presents itself to you.
“God looked at everything he had made, and he found it very good.” (Genesis 1:31)
2 thoughts on “In all things”
Beautiful from beginning to end! “… as it was in the beginning, so shall it be in the end.”
The square black and white photo is mysterious, and yet breathtaking….the juxtaposition of shapes, angles, and movement…. It reminds me of the lines in St. Francis’ Canticle of Brother Sun and Sister Moon: “Praised be You, my Lord, through Brothers Wind and Air, And fair and stormy, all weather’s moods, by which You cherish all that You have made…”