From the ground it is invisible, but when one's perspective changes due to one's flying overhead, a huge Celtic cross planted in the middle of a forest in Killea, Co Donegal, appears miraculously out of the green below. Passengers flying into Derry Airport have been variously startled and enthralled by the sight. This impressive piece of horticultural engineering was wrought by Liam Emmery who planted the cross several years ago but who, unfortunately, didn't live to see his work in its full glory.
Perspective shifts and what appears to be the only reality can suddenly be altered, transformed, as that which was hidden is revealed.
Someone appears tough, invincible. And then, with a shift in perspective, that which appeared impregnable is revealed as brittle, easily shattered.
Someone else appears to possess the coolest handle on life: dry, wise, not easily impressed, not easily fooled. Perspective shifts, and there, uncovered, lies the withered, joyless heart of cynicism.
Look carefully at that person swelling with self-righteousness; look at that other person seething with high-minded indignation; look again at yet another who has moved permanently onto the high ground of moral rectitude. And then, miraculously, your perspective shifts to reveal the underside of all that certainty, all that self-righteousness, and what is unexpectedly revealed is variously doubt; fear of living fully; terror at the thought of death; dread at the imagined threat of chaos.
What is the Divine purpose behind these illuminating shifts in perspective? To what place are we being led? I believe it is to the very essence of love itself: the forgiveness that comes from a new, deeper understanding of the human condition, of the pain and confusion which often lie behind the hard-eyed stare; the forgiveness that lifts us out of the prisons of our own making, and shows us the face of Eternity, reveals to us the vast presence of the Holy Spirit urging us towards the evergreen possibility for new beginnings.
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