Where I found God today



These are short reflections shared by people who are seeking God in all things and have been surprised by what they find as they travel their pathways. 

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But, from the window of the bus I saw that the trees were beginning to put on their glorious autumn clothing; their leaves quietly changing from greens to vibrant reds, golden yellows and velvety browns before dropping to the ground. The giant old...
Autumn leaves and acorns laid out
A few years ago there was a TfL advertising campaign which said if you give money to beggars then you are fuelling their drug habit, which gave me an excuse to not give cash. But I also remember recently that Pope Francis suggested that sometimes we...
Ten pound note (new style)
It struck me that if one needed confirmation that one was going in the right direction this was it, not least because the surrounding grass is long, full of tussocks and particularly hard going in the recent frosty weather. How much easier life...
A path shining silver in the sun
Grab the dressing gown. Slip first the left then the right foot into the slippers. Shuffle to the kitchen. Click the kettle lid open. Fill with cold water, judging the weight for just the right amount! Plonk the kettle back on its stand and switch...
A shrub with red leaves
I think it's also to do with modern life though: the power of the internet, smartphones and social media has contracted my attention span I am sure. And then again, I just feel I'm not so capable of relaxing enough to read a book, because there is...
A man reading on a bench by the sea
As I left the facility with my empty car, I felt a sense of lightness and freedom and remembered that a fellow Catholic had sensed the same effect after going to confession. I had a mental image of the confessional as a spiritual recycling centre...
A reycling bin.
Quite suddenly there was a flurry of what seemed like snow from above, but I realised at once that the snow-like precipitation was in fact the leaves of a birch tree shedding onto the street below, with the golden colour catching in the light from...
Birch tree with golden leaves
I almost took a photo and I could have put it on social media with the caption 'modern parenting.' But I remembered that St Ignatius, in his Spiritual Exercises, talks about the 'Presupposition' where we ought to presuppose good of the other rather...
Bag of chips and bottle of ketchup
As I scooped countless armfuls into the tarp and hauled them off to the compost heap, I reflected on the glory of nature and the cycle of life. The crunch of the dessicated leaves, the sound of the wind through the bare branches above, the wonderful...
Leaves on the ground
Happy to put down roots on the opposite side of the world it grows big and strong with flowers three meters tall. I must admit it can be a bit too much of a good thing. I was pondering my own insignificance as I grubbed about under this huge bush...
Flax olants
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