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February 2017

Finding Beauty When Things Are Ugly (Leighton Ford)

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With so much that is ugly around .. including political talk .. we need to open our hearts and minds to God’s beauty.

I recommend Beauty by the late Irish philosopher/poet John O’Donohue, which I am rereading (Harper Perennial, 2005).

For example (from page 17) …

Often we approach things with greed and urgency …We live under the imperative of the stand-alone digital instant; and it is uncanny how neatly that instant has become the measure not alone of time but also of space.

The mechanics of electronic imaging reverses the incarnation of real encounter. But a great journey needs plenty of time. It should not be rushed; if it is, your life becomes a kind of abstract package tour devoid of beauty and meaning.

There is such a constant whirr of movement that you never know where you are.