Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

May 16, 2012

Alex Sniffen

Sophomore, History Major with a Specialization in International Relations

Acts 17:15, 22-18:1
Ps 148:1-2, 11-12, 13, 14
Jn 16:12-15

At a Jesuit University, the Jesuit values are quite present in our daily lives, as is the idea of living “Ignatian”, or like St. Ignatius, who was the founder of the Society of Jesus. We are given the opportunity to see these in our everyday experiences and grow with them throughout our university careers. One of the core pieces of “living Ignatian” and Ignatian spirituality is finding God in all things.

Paul says in today’s reading that “Rather it is he who gives to everyone life and breath and everything.” Walking down the main stretch of campus, especially now that it is spring, everything and everyone seems to be full of life.  While God's touch can easily be seen in the plant life that has made the campus physically beautiful, it can also be seen in each individual student that creates the campus community. Each individual on campus has been taught not to merely accept the society in which they live, but rather challenge, and to become agents of change for the betterment of the world.

This is not the only sight that allows us to see God on campus. The connections that people have been building with each other through their deep discussions about life, their own spirituality and how they reflect what Creighton represents have drawn them together. It is this understanding that has developed which shows that God is present everywhere. That God has been able to touch and develop students into these growing men and women is a true illustration of this ability to find God in all things. While other may prefer to see the physical things, such as the Earth and Sun, and to know God in that regard; I prefer to see God in people, and how they not only interact with the Earth itself, but also with each other.

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