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 was originally from Rathmore in County Kerry. He worked as a priest in the Diocese of Leeds and was known across the world as a bestselling author, inspiring speaker and retreat facilitator. He worked in parishes for almost 30 years and for another 20 years he taught Theology and Religious Education at St Mary’s University College in London. He became chair of its Religious Studies department, before being appointed Episcopal Vicar for Christian Formation in Leeds until 2000. Over many years his theology and spirituality were a source of inspiration and solace to countless people. Daniel was diagnosed with cancer in the summer of 2018 and died on Monday, 21st January, 2019, aged 82.