Where do we find God in our everyday lives as Catholics? There are so many examples we could give on where we find God. Loyola Press is even having a video contest to encourage Catholic Identity and Community building on where we find God in our lives.
The question of where do we find God brings me to an additional question: What does God reveal about where to find Him? Here are a few things the Catechism says:
~The world, and man, attest that they contain within themselves neither their first principle nor their final end, but rather that they participate in Being itself, which alone is without origin or end. Thus, in different ways, man can come to know that there exists a reality which is the first cause and final end of all things, a reality “that everyone calls God”.10 ” (CCC #34)
~ “Man’s faculties make him capable of coming to a knowledge of the existence of a personal God. But for man to be able to enter into real intimacy with him, God willed both to reveal himself to man and to give him the grace of being able to welcome this revelation in faith. The proofs of God’s existence, however, can predispose one to faith and help one to see that faith is not opposed to reason.” (CCC #35)
~ “God, who creates and conserves all things by his Word, provides men with constant evidence of himself in created realities” (CCC #54)
~ “Sacred Scripture and Sacred Scripture make up a single sacred deposit of the Word of God” (DV 10), in which, as in a mirror, the pilgrim Church contemplates God, the source of all her riches. (CCC #97).
~“Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us,” is present in many ways to his Church:197 in his word, in his Church’s prayer, “where two or three are gathered in my name,”199 in the poor, the sick, and the imprisoned,199 in the sacraments of which he is the author, in the sacrifice of the Mass, and in the person of the minister. But “he is present . . . most especially in the Eucharistic species.” (CCC 1373).
When we ask our students questions like Where do you find God?, or Where to you experience Jesus in your daily life?, may we always remember that we want to link them back to what God has revealed. We always want to connect them to some aspect Christian doctrine which is not stale and static but life giving and spirit filled. God’s revelation and truth set us free (cf. Jn. 8:32) and gives us life (cf. Jn. 10:10).