The Office – Ends on an Ignatian Note

Last night, in case you missed it, was the final episode of The Office – a cutting edge comedy that ran for 9 seasons. I have to admit that I was never a huge fan of the show (I sometimes found it tedious, frustrating and depressing) but I also appreciate the brilliance of the show and its moments of comic genius as well as genuine tenderness.

I really enjoyed the final episode last night, especially because it ended on such an uplifting note. And yet, what permeated the episode last night was the notion of appreciating the ordinary – especially the last 5 minutes and the final line spoken by the character Pam: “There’s a lot of beauty in ordinary things. Isn’t that the point?”

Indeed, it is. How Ignatian!

Have a good weekend and may you find beauty and God’s presence in ordinary things!

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at www.catechistsjourney.com.

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