Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard;
yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun,
which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy, and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
On a recent morning I walked through a crowded college campus during a class break while hurrying to a meeting. A horde of students hung around the central campus plaza, glued to their cellphones. Some seemed to be listening to music; others were frantically texting with friends, perhaps afraid of what they might have missed during class. One student was laughing out loud while reading some tweet; I imagined another was keeping in the loop with a good friend.
St. Ignatius challenges us to “find God in all things” – to tease out God’s presence embedded within all the activities we cram into our daily living. Throughout the coming weekend, as I look forward to Thanksgiving Day, where and how do I meet and find God through those I tweet with, folks I work and study with, those I live with? This season of thanksgiving reminds me to be truly grateful for my time and talents, for the opportunities and blessings I receive, for God’s loving, life-giving presence within my heart … in all I accomplish each day. For all of this energy and activity — thank you, my God!
—The Jesuit prayer team from the Jesuit Community at St. Camillus in Wauwatosa, WI.
God be in my head and in my understanding.
God be in my eyes and in my looking.
God be in my mouth and in my speaking.
God be in my heart and in my thinking.
God be at my end and at my departing.
—Sarum Primer, 1527