Our world recently has been a burnished, glowing world: a miracle of reds and browns, yellows and greens. Each morning was an intake of breath as the early sun revealed a landscape on fire with colour ; even the dullest soul must have harboured a secret longing to be struck suddenly with a talent for the application of paint to canvas. And yet, this most living, glowing of seasons, with its flaming, riotous colours, its playful winds and dancing, swirling leaves, is the season which, by the very nature of its beauty, urges us to let go; to embrace transformational change with joy. Autumn's dance is a dance of letting go. The trees let go of their leaves; the earth lets go of its colour and embraces the pallid landscape of winter: the world about us acquiesces with grace to the death that will give birth to new life.
Life lived at its fullest, its most glorious, is a series of lettings go, lettings go which lead to transformational change. The world of nature urges us to let go. Scripture urges us to let go. The age-old wisdom at the heart of our being urges us to let go. Our experience teaches us to let go. Sticking fast, afraid to let go, means just that: we are stuck fast, paralysed, unable to move on. We are like a blocked, choked stream, blocked and choked with the detritus of our stubborn refusal to let go, our stubborn refusal to free ourselves from the toxic weed of holding on. In this airless, stagnant place of our own making, we cannot flow into the river which is waiting to carry us to that free, open, sunlit ocean, over which the compassionate, loving spirit of God presides.
If we listen with our hearts, we will hear the divine whisper of our Creator urging us to let go. "Let go of your fear; let go of your anger; let go of your burdens and I will give you rest; let go of old hurts, old wounds; let go of resentment; let go of the need for revenge, and I will give you peace beyond all understanding. Let go of grief, and I will show you your lost loved ones by the light of Heaven. Learn from the dance of the leaves and let go."
Autumn's letting go produces the fresh greening of the earth in Spring. Our letting go brings God's promised rest, and God's peace beyond all understanding. The time is right. The season is upon us. New life is waiting, waiting for us to let go of the old.
25th March 2019 Shrinking
15th January 2019 Balance is All
19th November 2018 The human hunger for beauty
9th October 2018 Shifting Perspectives
19th June 2018 Thank God I was wrong
16th May 2018 "Today is a new dawn, new, clean and fresh - and so are you, my dear! Don't worry. All is well."
26th March 2018 The Long Winter
7th March 2018 The Gift of Tears
19th January 2018 An Understanding of Kindness
14th December 2017 Do You See This Woman?
17th October 2017 We Are All One with You
7th September 2017 Gaps
20th June 2017 "Love is not loved."
25th April 2017 I Hope You Dance
21st March 2017 From Darkness to Dawn
27th October 2016 The Bright Field
27th June 2016 The Enemy Within
31st May 2016 The Little Way to The Almighty
25th January 2016 Love Immeasurable
11th November 2015 Letting Go
21st May 2015 The Gift of Loss
6th May 2015 Walls
24th November 2014 Leaning into Winter
24th October 2014 Crossing the Road
25th June 2014 Fetters of the Soul
30th April 2014 The Power of Gratitude
10th March 2014 The Darkling Thrush
11th February 2014 Spring
10th February 2014 Masks
3rd February 2014 Dancing in the Wind
21st January 2014 Chains of nostalgia
13th January 2014 Forgiving wrongs darker than death or night
7th January 2014 Singing out Loud
17th December 2013 CHRISTMAS FOUND
9th December 2013 Withering into the Truth
2nd December 2013 The Celtic Prayer Garden
25th November 2013 Missing Dates
18th November 2013 NEARER GOD’S HEART
12th November 2013 Night
27th April 2010 Healing God
25th November 2009 Our Poverty
1st September 2009 Which of the two tigers will win the fight?
1st June 2009 Be your own role model
25th May 2009 The Feast of the Ascension of the Lord
18th May 2009 Power of the real presence
7th May 2009 "Lessons I did not learn in School" - by Bill Gates
20th April 2009 JESUS RISES FROM THE DEAD
30th March 2009 The Long Walk to Freedom
23rd March 2009 Become a Friend
16th March 2009 Ireland in Identity Crisis?
9th March 2009 Love to Pray
2nd March 2009 Life - Giving Words
16th February 2009 Exclusion Policy
9th February 2009 Somewhere the Child
2nd February 2009 The Conversion of St Paul
12th January 2009 Thomas Merton, "Thoughts in Solitude"
22nd December 2008 A Christmas Parable by Louis Cassels
15th December 2008 Work – from In the heart of the Temple by Sr Joan Chittister
8th December 2008 Am I at home when the doorbell rings?
1st December 2008 Street Corner Christ
17th November 2008 How Did I Get This Busy?
10th November 2008 A Homily for The Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica – 9th November 2008
3rd November 2008 John O’Donohue taken from “Benedictus - A Book of Blessings”
27th October 2008 Charles Peguy 1873-1914, French poet and politician
20th October 2008 The following is an extract from a talk given by Bishop George Lungu of Chipata in Zambia in Africa, to the synod of Bishops being held in Rome this month.
13th October 2008 Excerpt from ‘A Door of Hope’ by Jean Vanier
6th October 2008 A Reflection on Matthew's Gospel 21:28-32
29th September 2008 The Daily Decalogue of Pope John XXIII