The reflections in this book all explore, in one way or another, the core theme that the eternal God is ever present with us in the lives we live: ‘God is not far from us, since it is in him we live and move and exist.’ (Acts 17:28) We may or may not be aware of it as we rush through life, but God is always with us: “Invoked or not invoked, God is still there.” (Carl G. Jung) We have, each of us, a life to live in God’s abiding presence that leads to a spiritual awakening in the human heart as it grows in awareness of a loving God with us and within us.
Each reflection can be seen as a little window that gives a glimpse of the depth of the mystery of our life with God, which ultimately lies beyond our understanding. This is the life to live if we are to satisfy the deepest longings of our human hearts. It is a life that looks towards Jesus: ‘Keep your gaze fixed upon Jesus; in him all the anguish and all the longing of the human heart finds fulfilment.’ (Pope Francis) In the Reflections we try to do this - keep our gaze fixed on Jesus.
Jim O’Connell is a Mill Hill Missionary. He spent twelve years in Kenya, where he was involved in Formation and Retreat Work. Prior to that, he was on the staff of the Mill Hill Colleges in London and Holland and he had a six year term as Regional Superior of Mill Hill in Ireland. Since 2007 he is the Editor of the Mill Hill magazine ‘St. Joseph’s Advocate,’ and resides at Mill Hill Missionaries, Waterford Road, Kilkenny. In 2009 Columba Press published his first book of Reflections: Going the Heart’s Way.
This book is excellent - with a real confidence and authority in it. Jim O’Connell has developed his central anchors very well: it is experience-based, personal, draws on his african experience, his Irish childhood and its devotion, his memories and stories which are excellent and moving... All of these are well presented - they really are. It is a very attractive mixture for the reader - with deep truth, authentic wisdom, humour and humility and good references to Pope Francis.
- Daniel O’Leary
This is a really lovely book that will offer great insight to many. It is a wonderfully inspiring and consoling book. It is clearly written by a writer who has deep faith, deep spirituality and deep compassion that is communicated in a clear accessible way to the reader. He shares with the reader his own experience of finding the sacred in the ordinary and finding God in all things. It is a book to be lived with, allowing the reflections to move you in prayer and meditation beyond thought into a place which is still, where you can be fully present with yourself and with your God.
- Sr Stanislaus Kennedy