Recently, our core staff took a field trip to Homeboy Industries in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. I think I can speak on behalf of all of us when I say that it was a depth experience, one that remains in memory and gives perspective to life. When I returned home, I prayed about the many faces we encountered, wrote about the multitude of feelings that quite unexpectedly arose, and immediately devoured the book Tattoos on the Heart by founder Fr. Greg Boyle, a living saint among us in my estimation. One of his many wonderful quotes has stuck with me ever since that trip. “God can get tiny, if we’re not careful.”
For years, the lessons in the spiritual life have taught me to continue to challenge myself to open my arms, to intentionally expand my heart and mind and look with new eyes on everyone and everything I encounter. I’ve spent the past thirty years focused on a deliberate and deep relationship with God. The more I learn, the more there is to learn. Every day, the Holy One beckons and shows me that I still have so much to learn! As a human being, ever restless and wanting closure, I need to make God tiny and in my own image. But, as I am so humbly reminded every day, God cannot be categorized, put in a box, or labeled with certain descriptions. God is anything BUT TINY! I pray I don’t forget.