Something wonderful is waiting for you to discover it.
It is very important. In fact you were created to discover it. What is this astonishing gift that you are now ready for, that you have always desired, maybe unconsciously, but with all your heart? It is the dream of your own loveliness, the wonder of your own life. It is the gift of recognising divine beauty inside you, all around you, of sensing it everywhere.
Now you will begin to perceive yourself and the world in a shockingly delightful way. You will discern the love and meaning in all your experiences, even the painful ones - especially the painful ones. Instead of being diminished by your suffering, your vision will become profound and wise, your imagination will amaze you, your delight in life will flourish, your capacity to love deeply will flood your mind and heart, no matter what. And that beautiful ‘catholic imagination’ will nourish the souls of those around you.
In his universally popular Imagine John Lennon wrote ‘They say that I’m a dreamer but I’m not the only one’. Of course he’s not. Dreamers like you, too, transform the world. Others, then, catch your inner power, your spiritual energy, your gift of imagination, your gift for dreaming – and they will risk dreaming too.
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!