Everything Belongs

January 22, 2010

I wanted to share with you a post I contributed to the Charis Ministries’ blog:

I am currently reading a book by Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M. called Everything Belongs. This passage struck me:

“I believe that we have no real access to who we really are except in God. Only when we rest in God can we find the safety, the spaciousness, and the scary freedom to be
who we are,
all that we are,
more than we are,
and less than we are.
Only when we live and see through God can ‘everything belong.'”

As I read this, I am reminded of the gospel reading a couple of weeks ago about Jesus’ baptism. The passage from Matthew ended with, “And a voice came from the heavens, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

Fr. Richard Rohr challenges us to put our identity in Christ. He challenges us each to accept that we are God’s beloved children.

What does this say to us as individuals? If we accept that all are God’s beloved children and everything belongs, how does this call us to live our life? What must we change in order to truly live a life where “everything and everyone belongs”?

Becky is an Ignatian-trained spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and writer. She is the author of the Busy Lives and Restless Souls (March 2017, Loyola Press) and The Inner Chapel (April 2020, Loyola Press). She helps others create space to connect faith and everyday life through facilitating retreats and days of reflection, through writing, and through spiritual direction. With nearly twenty years of ministry experience within the Catholic Church, Becky seeks to help others discover God at work in the every day moments of people’s lives by utilizing St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises and the many gifts that our Catholic faith and Ignatian Spirituality provide.

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