Presence as praise

March 9, 2013 § Leave a comment

Ignatian educators often exhort students to “find God in all things.” In his essay “Soul Education: An Ignatian Priority,” Howard Gray, S.J. writes:

“For Ignatius God could be found in all things, but only if one first found ‘all things.’ This is my reason for insisting on that part of the Jesuit Constitutions that presents attention and reverence as prior to devotion; that is, the integrity of being present to the creature is the only way to honor the Creator.”

I find this beautiful and inspiring, but also challenging. How can our curricula encourage presence, attentiveness, and reverence? In a world where we browse, skim, surf, and scroll, how do we propose attending to? In a milieux distanced from God, what will our students revere?

Posted by Matt Emerson.

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