Sunday, April 27, 2008

Seeing God in all things

I have just stumbled upon the website of a retreat center in Dublin run by the Dominicans. Here's a brief passage from a letter by one of the brothers to an inquirer about seeing God in everything:

Words can become idols, as believers have always known – even the word ‘God’. They are much more likely to be mistaken for the reality than a statue or a picture. “If one knows anything in God,” said Meister Eckhart, “and affixes any name to it, that is not God. God is above names.”

How then do we see God in all things? We search for God all our lives; but God is not lost. We are lost. God is always present, and when we become present God is present in that awareness. As long as we are present – to anything, even to a tree – we are present to God.

-- Donagh O’Shea OP


  1. Thanks again, Ellie. Be present. That's it.

  2. I hope you don't mind that I have to post this, too. Thank you.

  3. By all means, Jan. I was thrilled to find it myself.

  4. This is quite beautiful. "We search for God all our lives; but God is not lost. We are lost."

    Thank you.


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