Andy Otto found God’s presence in surprising moments during his life—when, as a Jesuit novice, he taught children in Jamaica and also as he discerned the call to marriage with his wife. By combining elements of Ignatian spirituality with the lessons that came from his experiences, Otto identified three practices that helped him find God in all things:
• Awareness—Gain an understanding that God is present in the ordinary messiness of our lives, such as battle with depression or sharing in the struggle of a friend.
• Prayer—Develop a prayer life using Ignatian practices such as asking for a morning grace and examining how your prayer was answered at the end of the day.
• Discernment—The more you are aware of God’s presence and draw closer to him in prayer, the better you can learn how to plug into God’s narrative of the world in a way that enables you to participate in the divine story through the use of your gifts and talents.