Conversatio Divina

The Practice of Presence

“Each day is a challenge. Even as I write this, my toddler is pulling at my pant leg, yelling for my attention. Or is this the invitation? As one who cannot help but live in the present, my seventeen-month-old son Leandro invites me in. When I want to retreat to mindless distraction as a way to avoid feeling overwhelmed, he invites: Come! Look! Play! Stare into my eyes as I pull your hair. Sit on the floor with me. Make animal sounds as we read. Be with me.”

Read the complete article by Mariah Velásquez, Associate Director of the Martin Institute for Christianity & Culture at Westmont College and a fellow of the Cultura Initiative.

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