Questions to help us be aware of God

March 29, 2012

Ron Rolheiser shares Karl Rahner’s questions used to ask people where they may have noticed God in their lives:  

I would like here to offer a set of questions that Karl Rahner used to ask people when they asked him about the veil of faith:

  •   Have you ever kept silent, despite the urge to defend yourself, when you were unfairly treated?
  • Have you ever forgiven another although you gained nothing by it and your forgiveness was accepted as quite natural?
  • Have you ever made a sacrifice without receiving any thanks or acknowledgement, without even feeling any inward satisfaction?
  • Have you ever decided to do a thing simply for the sake of conscience, knowing that you must bear sole responsibility for your decision without being able to explain it to anyone?
  • Have you ever tried to act purely for love of God when no warmth sustained you, when your act seemed a leap in the dark, simply nonsensical?
  • Have you ever been good to someone without expecting a trace of gratitude and without the comfortable feeling of having been “unselfish”?

If you have had such experiences, Rahner asserts, then you have had experienced God, perhaps without realizing it.

Where have you experienced God?

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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