Monday 16th March              

Seeing

1 Corinthians 2:9
Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart conceived,
what God has prepared for those who love him.

“So much depends on how we see things.
There are many things we never notice because of the way we see.
The graced eye can glimpse beauty anywhere,
for beauty does not reserve itself for special elite moments,
it is secretly present in everything.”
– John O’Donohue

Take time today to really see God’s beauty around you.
Look with a “graced” eye.
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For me, perhaps the most important spiritual practise
is to learn to see holiness where it is not immediately apparent,
where it is not easy to recognise.
To learn to see beauty and holiness in people we find difficult;
to learn to see beauty and holiness in situations we find uncomfortable;
to learn to see beauty and holiness in experiences that we much rather not be having;
to learn to see beauty and holiness
in places we would not normally think to look for them;
to learn to see beauty and holiness in moments we would rather just passed.

You see our inability to see beauty and holiness does not mean that it is not there;
only that we have not yet taken the time to open our inner eyes,
the eyes of our soul, and see it.
For to look through the eye of the soul is to look,
as John O’Donohue reminds us, with a graced eye.
To look through the eyes of the soul, to look with a graced eye,
is to learn to see things as God sees them.
What greater spiritual practise could there be than that?
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This day, may God take our eyes and see through them,
May God take our lips and speak through them,
May God take our hands and serve through them,
May God take our hearts and love through them. Amen.