If someone asked you to give them another word for ‘God’, you could use the word ‘Presence’, for that is what God is. When Moses asked Yahweh his name, Yahweh replied, ‘I am who am’ and this means ‘I am present’. God is really saying, ‘I shall be there for you.’ God is intimately present to everything, and especially to us. Jesus’s name is Emmanuel, which means ‘God is with us’. Matthew’s Gospel ends with the marvelous statement: Know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time. (from Finding God in All Things by Brian Grogan, SJ)
Conscious of your presence, Lord, I look over my recent past. Let me be honest with myself about how I’ve been and what I’ve done,
Because I know you love truth in the heart and accept me just as I am. St. John Berchmans, pray for us. St. Ignatius Loyola, pray for us.