Christ in a Grain of Sand: An Ecological Journey with the Spiritual Exercises
The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius are perhaps the greatest retreat guide ever written. Neil Vaney's innovative approach to the Exercises is an invitation to a journey of discovery, a challenge to look for Christ in all things and to find him everywhere, even in a grain of sand. Exploring for the first time the unique connection between ecology and the Exercises, Vaney reveals their relevance in our contemporary age. He leads us on an adventure, helping us make the Exercises with our new awareness of the intimate bond between spirituality and the natural world.
Neil Vaney, S.M., is a Marist priest from Wellington, New Zealand, who was ordained in 1969. After working in secondary schools, he worked as a chaplain in Canterbury University, where he also received a master’s degree in history. In the mid-1980s, he studied moral theology at Gregorian University in Rome, and later completed a doctorate at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. His interests include the theology of nature and environmental ethics. As part of his work for the Diocese of Auckland, Vaney is liaison priest for the bishop with the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. He works as a lecturer in Christian ethics at Good Shepherd College, New Zealand’s Catholic seminary. He has written articles for a variety of publications and has contributed to five books, including Catholic Dictionary of Social Justice and Human Rights and the Common Good. He resides in Grafton, Auckland, New Zealand.