Worldly Reflection: Creating Privileged Moments
"In the faces of men and women I see God."
- Walt Whitman
Where do I see God?
"If everyone brings a brick we can build a new world." - Mary Doria Russell
What “bricks” have I brought?
How are my bricks changing the world?
Woman in Mamallapuram
"Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful . . .
in every fair face,
in every fair sky,
in every fair flower." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
How am I taking time to see the beauty in all things?
Rice Plantation in Hilly Area
Hem Raj Joshi
"If I have been of service, if I have glimpsed more of the nature and essence of ultimate good, if I am inspired to reach wider horizons of thought and action, if I am at peace with myself, it has been a successful day." - Alex Noble
When do I consider my day successful?
Have I had a successful day today?
The Doorway to …
"We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color."
- Maya Angelou
What image do I envision when considering diversity?
"I deepen my experience of God through prayer, meditation, and forgiveness."
- Marianne Williamson
How do I typically deepen my experience of God?
"Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence." - Henry David Thoreau
What path am I pursuing?
Los Guiadoritos Mios
These reflections and more can be found in the book Creating Privileged Moments, available from Xavier's Center for Mission and Identity.
Photographs by: Xavier University 2008 International Photo Contest Finalists