God Is IN Everything

Sr. Pat Thomas, OP
Blog by Sr. Pat Thomas, OP

Om Mani Padme Hum.

I first heard that phrase about 50 years ago in my high school English class. We experienced Siddhartha and Bhagavad Gita and more Eastern literature, but this phrase has stayed and gives pause when I hear it.

It seems there are different translations of it, and maybe even spellings of it, but the one that catches me now is “God is IN everything”.

Do I really believe that? If I do what does it look like in the day to day? Well, it could mean that I don’t help the homeless person on the corner because God would want me to or because I was taught to love my neighbor; but because God is in that person just as much as God is in me. It could mean that in order to truly live a life of compassion, I can’t hate or kill based on ignorance or fear or my own self, because by doing any of those things I am dishonoring God in my self but also God within the person or creature I am harming. I cannot pick and choose who is a good person and who is not because all have God within them.

As I look around at the situations in our present world on so many levels, it really is difficult to say that God is within all things because there is so much going wrong; somehow I am seeing that it is because I have continued to only see God within those who live according to my standards. How much am I missing when I fail to acknowledge that God is within, that “God is IN everything”.

Posted in Wednesday's Word

4 responses to “God Is IN Everything

  1. Thank you, Pat, as you remind us to reverence God’s presence in all creation as well as our enemies.

    Blessings and peace,
    Brigid

  2. Sr. Pat, How difficult times are now. Your insights are wise and thoughtful. Ignoring someone is ignoring God in them. We are all so connected, something always to remember. Bunny O’Brien, OPA,ct.

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