Gratitude from Finding God in the Ordinary

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Editor’s note: Throughout July, we’re celebrating 31 Days with St. Ignatius, a month-long celebration of Ignatian spirituality. In addition to the calendar of Ignatian articles found here, posts on dotMagis this month will explore ways of Experiencing God in the Ordinary. The inspiration for our theme is the new book by William A. Barry, SJ.

I don’t have to recognize what fruits that God is going to bring out of these ordinary experiences. But I recognize that God desires to bring fruits out of these kinds of experiences, and I’m left with a profound sense of gratitude.

Watch the video below.

After watching the video, read When We Can’t Have What We Want by Vinita Hampton Wright, today’s entry in 31 Days with St. Ignatius.

How have you experienced God in the ordinary? Share with the hashtag #31DayswithIgnatius.

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Tim Muldoon
Tim Muldoon is the author of a number of books, including The Ignatian Workout and Living Against the Grain, and teaches in the Department of Philosophy at Boston College.


  1. Thanks, Tim. I will be leaving in 2 days for a week at Lake Tahoe. I hope to reflect as you did on finding God in the beauty of this world and in the ordinary events of our day.

  2. Thanks Tim, for your always sincere and thoughtful words.
    Yesterday the weather here was challenging, an East Coast low was making its presence felt off the coast and the wind was icy. I decided to take a walk in the afternoon and was struck by the beauty of God’s creation. In GM Hopkins’ superb voice: God’s grandeur.


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