Already Within: Divining the Hidden Spring is a collection of Daniel OLearys contributions to the Tablet over the past three years. They are put together in this compendium in response to numerous requests from the journals thousands of readers. The reflections bring a huge mailbag of comments about OLearys writing - challenging, compelling, thought-provoking, consoling, prophetic and prayerful. "Already Within" contains the best writing of the author - a summing up of the main thrust of his books and articles from the past and present. The emphasis that appeals to readers so much is that of realising the presence of God in the ordinary moments of their lives. Nothing goes to waste - every effort, every happening, every daily event, even mistakes and sins - all are part of the bigger story; all are safely harvested. The articles, arranged in months and themes, sometimes refer to the seasons of the year, sometimes to the seasons of the liturgy, and sometimes to the seasons of the heart.
All the pieces begin with very real life-situations and then the author explores and discovers the compassionate presence of an incarnate and unconditionally-loving God at the heart of all our experiences.
Daniel O’Leary, a priest of the Diocese of Leeds, is an author and speaker. As curate and parish priest, he has worked in parishes for almost thirty years. For another twenty he taught theology and religious education at St Mary’s University College in London. He writes for The Tablet and The Furrow. The main aim of his retreats, books and talks is to teach what is called the ‘sacramental imagination’, the vision of God’s incarnate presence everywhere which transforms our lives. Yet Daniel himself still struggles to be a free and authentic human being!