1. (Finding God in all things)
To understand Ignatian spirituality, the Jesuit Alfred Delp gives us a deep insight:
One thing is as clear and noticeable to me as ever: God’s world is so full. From every pore of things it gushes towards us, as it were, but we are often blind. We get stuck in the beautiful and the bad hours and do not experience them right through to the bottom of the well where they flow out of God. That applies … to everything beautiful and also to misery. In everything God wants to celebrate encounter and asks and wants the adoring, devotional answer. ”
How does a person come to write from this confidence? Are all of our daily events godly?
On November 17, 1944, Alfred Delp was able to secretly smuggle these lines out of the Nazi prison in Berlin. He talks about the “presence of God in all things” – also in prison, with his hands tied, in the midst of the terror of National Socialism and imminent execution. How does Delp, who is alien to worldly escapism, arrive at such courageous, mystical utterances? “God’s world is so full. From every pore of things it gushes towards us, as it were. ”“ That would be nice ”, it may cry out of us. How much disappointment and effort, not to mention hunger and injustice in the world – and then this experience: God’s world is so full. Delp found the fountain point, the centre and abundance. His diagnosis gives food for thought and encourages – also today.
From our Ignatian point of view, three building blocks form the foundation that is God’s basic messages to us humans: