November 30, 2009

Yesterday at mass, Fr. Tom, told a story that captures the essence of my blog.  He asked a visiting priest-friend of his “What does it mean to be Catholic?”  His friend, Fr. Vincent, looked at him square in the eyes and replied, “We are a sacramental people.”  Fr. Tom elaborated on Fr. Vincent’s response by saying, “We are a sacramental people.  We believe that Jesus came, we believe Jesus is coming again; however, we also believe that God continues to reveal Himself to us in the present.  God is at work right now in our lives.”

One of the reasons I am Catholic is due to our belief in sacramentality.  We are sacramental people.  We continue to look for God’s presence in the present.  We look for signs of God’s presence in our lives.  Signs of God’s love in our every day life such as seeing a beautiful bird or sunrise or sharing a delicious meal with our family and friends or having a quiet moment to ourselves are all sacramental moments for us.  These moments are signs of God’s love.  They point us to something greater than ourselves. 

In a nutshell, the hope of this blog is to help us all be aware of the sacramental moments of our lives: those moments where we experience God’s love and God’s work in our lives.

What for you, today, has been a sacramental moment?  How is God communicating His love and presence to you?

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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