Susan is a spiritual director and has significant experience in giving retreats and other programs of spiritual formation as well as in offering individual spiritual direction. She is the author of Growing in Love and Wisdom: Tibetan Buddhist Sources for Christian Meditation (Oxford 2013) and of the blog, Creo en Dios! She also blogs at Mirror of Justice, a group blog devoted to the development of Catholic Legal Theory. Prior to moving to Minneapolis in 2007, Susan was a member of the adjunct ministerial staff of St. Ignatius Retreat House in New York.
Susan shares her reflections on her journey with God on her blog, in podcasts and videos, in group talks and retreats, and in print and online articles. To find out where you can hear her in person, take a look at the page of upcoming speaking engagements.
We are in the season of Ordinary Time in the liturgical calendar of the Catholic Church. Although “ordinary” in this context doesn’t mean usual or average, so much as it means not-seasonal, there is some value in keeping in mind our usual understanding of the world.
Jesus, although he is without sin, got baptized, just like ordinary people.
Jesus picked for his disciples ordinary people.
God became human and ate and drank and slept just like ordinary people.
Jesus, of course, did much that is not ordinary – walking on water, raising the dead, feeding multitudes with a few fish and loaves of bread. But more often than not, he had quiet, ordinary moments with his friends and family and with those with whom he came in contact.
God’s becoming human inserted God into our ordinary lives. God shares with us our ordinary lives. God works through ordinary people, often doing quite ordinary things. And God’s constant presence in our lives, the strength we get from God’s working through us, makes our lives quite extraordinary.