Experiencing God in the Ordinary

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Experiencing God in the Ordinary

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God’s presence is not “out there” but right here.

We tend to look for God in dramatic or miraculous moments, but such expectations can blind us to God's ongoing presence. What if God is already with us, in the life we have this moment? When we experience ordinary but meaningful events, such as our first love or a favorite novel, we are in fact encountering God's presence. As we learn to notice spiritual movement within and around us, we can recognize the many facets of God's love that touch us daily.

“As a priest and spiritual director of many decades, my driving desire is for people to experience God's limitless love for them and to recognize it when it emerges in what they consider just ordinary life happenings and conversations.”

—William A. Barry, SJ

Whether we are in pain or crisis, questioning if we are really worthy of God's attention, or are simply wondering why God would be in the mundane details of our lives, Experiencing God in the Ordinary can nurture our hope—that God is always present and can be found in an ordinary day. Complete with personal stories and various suggestions for prayer and meditation, this book is perfect for devotional reading, retreat, or small-group discussion.

William A. Barry, SJ 

William A. Barry, SJ, is a veteran spiritual director who is currently serving as tertian director for the New England Province of the Society of Jesus.

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