January 15, 2010

My Uncle Craig, who is about to be ordained an Anglican Priest in 6 weeks, wrote a reflection for his parish about the earthquake titled “Where was God in the Earthquake?”.  He sent it to our entire family this morning, and I am very thankful he did.  

His reflection reminded of the question Brady posed to us the other day in church, “Where’s God?“.  That day, I wanted to tell Brady that God is in him, God is in the people gathered here, and God is active in our world.  The same is true for the people of Haiti.  God did not cause the Earthquake; however, God was and is there in every person, God was and is there for every person.  It also made me think of how God was present in all the people who have helped and all the people that will continue to help.  I know we are all asking ourselves the question of “how do we put our faith in action to help our brothers and sisters in Haiti?”

As we respond and pray, let us remember St. Teresa of Avila’s prayer:

“Christ Has No Body “

Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
Compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
Yours are the eyes, you are his body.
Christ has no body now but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
compassion on this world.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.

How are we called to be Christ’s body today?

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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1 Comment

  1. vam

    I haven’t read the blog in a few days but I’m cracking up becuase junior retreat was today and the whole thing was structured around Teresa of Avila. You and I are on the same wavelength, sista.


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