Igniting Our Values
Igniting Our Values

February 24, Tuesday

Finding God in All Things

Bruce Baldwin, two-time Jesuit grad and general contractor, shares a valuable component of his lifelong quest to Find God in All Things: humility.

Scripture Readings

Sunday Readings - Week 1

GN 9:8-15
1 PT 3:18-22
MK 1:12-15

English
http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/022215.cfm

Español
http://www.usccb.org/bible/lecturas/022215.cfm

A procedural note: our reflections and prayers will refer to the Sunday readings for the week, not the daily readings.

Daily Reflection

The Sign of Noah
by Bruce Baldwin

Three questions arose when I began thinking about the Ignatian value of Finding God in All Things. Is this important? Why does it seem so difficult? And how can it be done? The answer to the first question seems obvious. The presence of God is a reassurance of meaning, value, and continuity in a world that so often exhibits the opposite; a world filled with loss, illness, hatred and violence; driven by an apparent randomness, so stunning that it can overwhelm the search for God around us.

Yet I am unable to accept that God can be found only in certain parts or aspects of our world — despite the situations, people, organizations, and even some religions, which seem bereft of any trace of the Divine. It makes no sense to me that God abandons or concedes parts of existence, no matter how hopeless or damaged they appear. Sunday’s readings are filled with references to God not giving up on the failed and the fallen. The covenant with Noah is nothing if not a promise that God is with us, everywhere and always.

Our search to find God in all things is confounded by the presence of evil. It is tempting to believe in a bifurcated world in which good exists completely separate from evil. In such a world, the quest would be not to Find God in All Things, but to find those parts of the world in which God exists and abandon the parts where only evil can be found. But I know there are parts of me that only a compassionate, loving God would not give up on. Haven’t we all had times when it would have been difficult for someone to find God in us?

So, for me the path involves humility. Remembering that we are all sinners and have aspects of both good and evil within. Allowing myself to be humbled by the wonder, grandeur, beauty and process of the world, marveling at the detail and the intricacies of life around me. Humbled and challenged by an essential task that will never end and will never be finished — Finding God in All Things.

La señal de Noé
Por: Bruce Baldwin

Tres preguntas surgieron cuando comencé a pensar en el valor Ignaciano de Encontrar a Dios en Todas las Cosas. ¿Es esto importante? ¿Porqué parece ser tan difícil? ¿Cómo lo puedo lograr? La respuesta a la primera pregunta parece obvia. La presencia de Dios da la seguridad de algo significativo, de valor y de continuidad, en un mundo que normalmente nos muestra lo opuesto; un mundo lleno de carencias, enfermedad, odio y violencia; impulsado aparentemente al azar, tan impresionante que puede abrumar la búsqueda de Dios a nuestro alrededor.

No obstante, me niego a aceptar que Dios sólo puede ser encontrado en ciertas partes o aspectos de nuestro mundo – a pesar de situaciones, gente, organizaciones y hasta algunas religiones, que parecen carentes de ningún rastro Divino. Para mí no tiene sentido pensar que Dios abandona o concede parte de la existencia, no importa cuán desesperanzada o estropeada parezca. Las lecturas del Domingo están llenas de ejemplos de cómo Dios no renuncia a los que erraron y a los caídos. El pacto con Noé es la promesa de Dios de estar con nosotros siempre y en todo lugar.

Nuestra meta de Encontrar a Dios en Todas las Cosas se confunde por la presencia del mal. Es tentador creer en un mundo bifurcado, en el cual el bien existe completamente separado del mal. En un mundo así, el fin sería no buscar a Dios en todas las cosas, sino buscarlo en las partes del mundo donde sí existe Dios y abandonar las partes donde sólo podemos encontrar el mal. Pero a juzgar por ciertos aspectos de mi persona, sé que sólo Dios que es compasivo y caritativo no renuncia a mí. ¿Es que, no hemos tenido nunca, momentos en los que ha sido difícil para otras personas, encontrar a Dios en nosotros?

Entonces, para mí el camino implica humildad. Recordando que todos somos pecadores y tenemos dentro bueno y malo. Permitiéndome ser sumiso ante la maravilla, la grandeza, la belleza y el proceso de este mundo. Sorprendiéndome por los detalles y complejidades de la vida a mi alrededor. Sumido y desafiado por una tarea esencial que nunca tendrá fin y nunca será completa. Encontrar a Dios en Todas las Cosas.


Bruce Baldwin attended St. Philomene Grade School and Jesuit High School in Sacramento, CA before graduating from Santa Clara University with a bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies. He lives in Sacramento, working as a Building Contractor.


Prayer

God, oh God, it is you I seek.
And, with your constant loving support
I will even try to seek you in lost causes,
those dark and forgotten places that I can’t imagine you present.
And yet you are there.
Help me to be there too,
seeking, finding, proclaiming your goodness
even as the day darkens
and my spirit draws back to my false safety of self.
Fill me with wonder of your goodness,
replacing my self doubt with confidence
in you and your sure and steady help.
Amen.

Passages

Pride makes us artificial; humility makes us real.
: Thomas Merton

Let the first act of every morning be to make the following resolve for the day:
I shall not fear anyone on Earth.
I shall fear only God.
I shall not bear ill will toward anyone.
I shall not submit to injustice from anyone.
I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering.
: Mahatma Gandhi

As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down you cannot see something that is above you.
: C.S. Lewis


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God is God (Earle/Baez)

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