Worldly Reflection: Creating Privileged Moments 

Day 1

"In the faces of men and women I see God."
Walt Whitman


Where do I see God?

Meghan Snyder

Day 2

"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
Heidi Mallis


Day 3

"Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful . . .
Welcome it
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


Day 4

"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 …
Kyle Hackett

Day 5

"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?

Jessica McCoy


Day 6

"I deepen my experience of God through prayer, meditation, and forgiveness."
Marianne Williamson


How do I typically deepen my experience of God?

Tai Piazza


Day 7

"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
Kathryn Franchini


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