Saturday, October 8, 2011
We are responsible for our planet!
God has given us such a wonderful universe and we live in a world that contains beauty wherever we go, especially when we contemplate nature. I am always amazed at the gorgeous tracts of land we have in all our country that are still without homes and so keep their natural beauty. Well, the image above made me start thinking of the books that I have been reading and how all insist on our helping the evolution of the world; actually, we have God with us, but God created us to bring unity to all.
My book for today is by the Indian Jesuit, Paul Coutinho: An Ignatian Pathway: Experiencing the Mystical Dimensions of the Spiritual Exercises. (Loyola, 2011) This is an interesting little book with over 100 one-page reflections on some aspect of Ignatian Spirituality, usually on a phrase taken from the Spiritual Exercises. The book could be used as a resource for anyone wanting to deepen the graces of the Spiritual Exercises and especially for one who is looking for an experience of God. I like the short excerpts and love the one-liners in italics at the bottom of each page. Here are a couple of examples:
Ignatius converts the energy of doing into the celebration of being.
We become what we contemplate.
The source of our happiness and the meaning of our lives come from our relationship with God.
The good news is that God loves us totally and unconditionally--just as we are.