God's Compassion 3 Minute Retreat
God's Compassion

Paul Brian Campbell, SJ shares his reflection on today’s retreat:

"…do not forget all the gifts of God."

When I'm calm and centered, it’s easy enough for me to recall and give thanks for the super-abundant graces that God gives me every moment of every day.

When I’m fearful, frustrated or feeling overwhelmed, however, I simply close in on myself and, I'm sad to say, forget all about the gifts of God. It becomes "me against the world," and I fight with all my strength to overcome my problems on my own. 

This approach, of course, is sheer folly. None of us is ever alone in our troubles. No matter who else deserts us, the God who experienced being forsaken on Calvary, knows our trials and is constantly with us. It is in these dark moments that God’s grace is the only gift we need.

God never forgets me. I will do my best never to forget God.


Paul Brian Campbell SJ

Paul Brian Campbell, SJ is a Jesuit priest and publisher of Loyola Press. He blogs at People for Others, where he encourages working together to find God in all things.

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