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in God we live and move and have our being

In response to the question “Where is God?”, Richard Rohr has written the following:

You cannot not live in the presence of God. You are totally surrounded by God all the time and everywhere. You have no choice in the matter, except to bring it to consciousness. St. Patrick said it well in the prayer attributed to him:

God beneath you,God in front of you, God behind you,God above you, God within you.

You cannot earn this God by any practice whatsoever. You cannot prove yourself worthy of this God. Knowing God’s presence is simply a matter of awareness, of fully allowing and enjoying the present moment. There are moments when it happens naturally, normally when we are out of the way. Then life makes sense. Once I can see the Mystery here, and trust the Mystery even in this little piece of clay that I am, in this moment of time that I am—then I can also see it in you, and eventually in all things. That would be full enlightenment, “when God is all in all” (1 Corinthians 15:28). … Any attempt by any religion to say God is here and not there is pure heresy. God is in all things precisely in God’s ever newness and God’s ever possibility. May we experience, in more and more depth, the freedom and hope of knowing that “in God we live and move and have our being.” (Acts 17:28)

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