Prayer of All Things

“The earth is the only road that can lead us to heaven. There is no other. And the earth is not an idea, an argument, an abstraction, or a concept. It is not even a law. It is a thing, a gigantic thing, a great tangled swarming mass of things; it is a universe.

“And because we must be led to God by things, they have therefore within them everything that is needed for the divine fulfillment of this task. It is, strictly speaking, their main role.

“All around us, Providence has placed hosts of silent messengers who can lead us without effort by paths of love to the holy springs of peace.

“Water, wood, fishes, the morning dew, the cock crowing at dawn, should all be able to inspire our prayer. Clothes and flowers, perfumes and pearls, the wind whistling past, the bread on the table, the jug, chair and roof”¦ all these things have been sanctified, all these things have been loaded with blessings and divine inspiration by the Word.”

Pierre Charles

The Prayer of All Things

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Jim Manney is a popular writer on Ignatian topics (God Finds Us, A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer) as well as the editor of many books on Ignatian spirituality, including What Is Ignatian Spirituality? He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

2 Comments on Prayer of All Things

  1. “….all these things have been sanctified, all these things have been loaded with blessings and divine inspiration by the Word.”

    Wow!

    Thanks for posting this today.

  2. This is so inspiring and so true. Often I will glance at the sky and thank God for the beauty of His sky; this is true of everything as there is so much to see in every little corner of our world and so many blessings for which to give thanks.

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