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... an inspirational read

Sr Kathleen Ireson is an avid reader.
She presents here something that could inspire us ...

The Eyes of the Heart,
a Spirituality of the Senses

by Dennis Lennon

Against the increasingly secularist outlook of our present day world and the rapacity of the various means of communication our experience of life tends towards superficiality. By failing to enter very deeply into life’s experiences, with everyday happenings and new relationships, we miss much of what they have to offer.

Dennis Lennon, an Anglican priest, directs our attention to a more contemplative way of looking at life. His is a sacramental view of the world with Faith seeing the action of Providence on the ‘Here and Now’. The is the title of one of the chapters in the book and redolent of the 18 th century book by de Caussade, The Sacrament of the Present Moment, or of today’s Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now. Or as Newman says in one of his sermons ‘that now, as heretofore, a secret supernatural system is going on under this visible scene and therefore [the true Christian] looks out for Christ and His present Providences…’.

Our senses of seeing and hearing are, in the deepest sense, of the heart, and we are drawn to an inner Ignatian vision of “finding God in all Things”.

Dennis Lennon draws heavily on the wisdom of the Old and New Testaments, from the poets, in particular Gerard Manley Hopkins, and also from his own personal experience.

This slim little book came out nearly 9 years ago so it may be difficult to find a copy, but if you can it is well worth reading.

Lennon, D. (2000), The Eyes of the Heart, A Spirituality of the Senses,
( London: Triangle SPCK).

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