Little Things

Andy Otto writes about noticing, awareness, the details–the key to discernment and deeper prayer.  (A fine movie clip illustrates his point.)

Detail in life is oft overlooked but isn’t it the tiny things that make things whole? Isn’t it the little nicks and scratches and experiences and talents and histories that have contributed to what makes me me? God’s universe is designed in this way, that the whole, the larger, is made up of smaller details – and when we reverse by looking back at those smaller and smaller details, we find delight and wonder in them.

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Jim Manney
Jim Manney is the author of highly praised popular books on Ignatian spirituality, including A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer (about the Daily Examen) and God Finds Us (about the Spiritual Exercises). He is the compiler/editor of An Ignatian Book of Days. His latest book is What Matters Most and Why. He and his wife live in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


  1. Just ordered Before Sunset, and Before Sunrise online. I watched the movie clip and the conversation intrigued me.
    The old song , “Little Things Mean a Lot” comes to mind. Is there anything too small for our God? Consider the lilies of the field, and…….
    I like what Jean wrote and think about scratches slowly giving way to a patina. Thank you.

  2. Thanks for the post, Jim. If you want to see Before Midnight I highly suggest you see the three films in order beginning with Before Sunrise and then Before Sunset. Each film, in their conversation, holds some wonderful insights and things to think about.

  3. So true. Now, what a gift it would be to myself if I could view the scratches acquired along the way as patina, to embrace the experiences as they happened, rather than having to wait to see the silver lining to each storm cloud long after the fact. That would be a gift, it would also be a sure sign of growing in faith.

  4. It is indeed the smaller details in life that bring significance to our life journey. Thank you for drawing our attention to Andy’s post. The movie looks to be excellent.


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