Find Your Inner Iggy

Finding God in Pigeons and File Folders

“Slowly, increasingly, I am able to see the miraculous in the tiny, quotidian parts of my day: skyscrapers, road signs, file folders, horses in Central Park, ink, pigeons, sidewalks, my mother’s laugh, a text from a friend, a cup of tea.

How ordinary they all are at first glance! How easy it is to overlook them! How easy it is to ignore the millions of consecutive moments that conspired so that we, right now, could sit at the kitchen table and eat cereal, or catch the eye of someone across a crowded room, or write these words, or take a step off the porch, or drive home. How easy it is to forget that God is there—here!—in the midst of all of these things. And yet in every moment God calls to us. God waits for us—until slowly, increasingly, we remember.”

— Kerry Weber, author of “Mercy in the City”

Kerry Weber

Kerry Weber

Iggy invites us to find God in all things—to wonder and marvel at the mundane parts of our day where God is alive.

If you’re wondering, how can I find God in pigeons? Or in traffic? take a look at this piece by James Martin, SJ, on finding God in the ordinary, Tim Muldoon on how God’s grace is already among us, and a video on how to find God in all things.

The famous Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins wrote, “For Christ plays in ten thousand places, / Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his.” Like Kerry, once you start looking for God in all these places, it’ll be hard to stop.

6 thoughts on “Finding God in Pigeons and File Folders

  1. Ginger

    I like the idea of God being in all things. It makes my connecting with God more of an ongoing consious and un consious stream through my day as opposed to just someone who is present when I pray or have devotions. It also helps me to extend my prayer into my everyday tasks instead of keeping it restructed to a certain place or timeframe.

  2. Angelica

    One of the things I’ve appreciated more from my Jesuit education was my introduction and immersion in Ignatian Spirituality. To find God in all things is to, in my mind, recognize a connection between the self and everything around me–to recognize that God is present in the trees that sway as much as God is also present in the food on the table and in those daily moments of grade we experience. Recognizing this has changed my perspective. It reminds me to be present at every moment and to every person and to recognize God even in those moments when it’s hard to–Christ is even more present there.

  3. Scott Bleggi

    What a great piece-thank you Fr. Jim Martin for sharing it. I am a late comer to discovering my “inner Iggy”. And yet, now at age 60, I realize my faith journey has been informed by Ignatian spirituality my entire adult life. Considered what many call a “fallen Catholic”, there was always something strong, unerring, steady at my core that drives me forward in life through the depths of loss, of disappointment, of not understanding. Inching toward retirement I look back on a career of jobs in ‘service’ to others, of love to my fellow man, to seeing, as Mother Teresa of Calcutta so famously said, “God in every human being” – a path chosen for me also tread by Ignatius himself. Today when I pray and reflect (my daily examen!) I’ll think of him and Teresa, if Fr. Jim and Kerry happy to know that my “inner Iggy” has been there all along!

  4. Bob Reinhary

    Finding God in the ordinary always strikes a chord for me. I think of the two disciples headed away from the extraordinary time with Jesus back to their ordinary lives. And a little defeated at that. That’s often me. I need the Lord to step in and give me a wake up call when the trudge becomes drudge.

  5. Fran Rossi Szpylczyn

    I am a big fan of Kerry’s work. Her words about the file folders make me think about an element of my job (at a parish, no less!) that I am not crazy about, filing! Yet in those folders there is an invitation awaiting me, one that I believe that I have ignored. I’m grateful to have my attention directed anew today. Thank you God, thank you Iggy, thank you Kerry!

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