Withering into the Truth
Thank God for the poetic imagination which, at its best, reveals for us the spiritual meanings of things.
Though leaves are many, the root is one;
Through all the lying days of my youth
I swayed my leaves and flowers in the sun;
Now I may wither into the truth.
That little poem by W.B. Yeats has held a fascination for me ever since I first came across it; and that was many, many years ago, long before I fully understood its meaning. Well, I didn't fully understand its meaning on a conscious level, but I'm inclined to believe that all knowledge of profound meanings lies curled deep within our child souls, like a leaf, waiting for longing and experience to unfurl it and bring it into the light.
The poem is about coming home to the truth of oneself, to the root of one's being. It is about shedding the prodigality of youth. Isn't there something in the deep-down nature of life which advises against accumulation and nudges towards reduction! Notice how, as we get older, we become impelled to throw stuff out, to pare our homes back to their original lines. And the many friends become the few, tried and trusted. And our souls, too, reach out towards a simplicity which promises rest from a fevered, complex world. Withering into the truth may frighten our hearts with its implications, but our souls know better. The soul knows the liberating space which is created by letting go of the false self by which we've learned to define ourselves in the world; the soul has lain in quiet waiting for us to shed the excess we've accumulated in order to appease the shrill demands of the ego. And the soul welcomes us to that calm creative space deep in the root of our beings where we encounter again the true self we thought we'd lost forever. When we wither into our real nature, into the root of our being, we find, not darkness, but endless light.
7th September 2017 Gaps
20th June 2017 "Love is not loved."
25th April 2017 I Hope You Dance
21st March 2017 From Darkness to Dawn
27th October 2016 The Bright Field
27th June 2016 The Enemy Within
31st May 2016 The Little Way to The Almighty
25th January 2016 Love Immeasurable
11th November 2015 Letting Go
21st May 2015 The Gift of Loss
6th May 2015 Walls
24th November 2014 Leaning into Winter
24th October 2014 Crossing the Road
25th June 2014 Fetters of the Soul
30th April 2014 The Power of Gratitude
10th March 2014 The Darkling Thrush
11th February 2014 Spring
10th February 2014 Masks
3rd February 2014 Dancing in the Wind
21st January 2014 Chains of nostalgia
13th January 2014 Forgiving wrongs darker than death or night
7th January 2014 Singing out Loud
17th December 2013 CHRISTMAS FOUND
9th December 2013 Withering into the Truth
2nd December 2013 The Celtic Prayer Garden
25th November 2013 Missing Dates
18th November 2013 NEARER GOD’S HEART
12th November 2013 Night
27th April 2010 Healing God
25th November 2009 Our Poverty
1st September 2009 Which of the two tigers will win the fight?
1st June 2009 Be your own role model
25th May 2009 The Feast of the Ascension of the Lord
18th May 2009 Power of the real presence
7th May 2009 "Lessons I did not learn in School" - by Bill Gates
20th April 2009 JESUS RISES FROM THE DEAD
30th March 2009 The Long Walk to Freedom
23rd March 2009 Become a Friend
16th March 2009 Ireland in Identity Crisis?
9th March 2009 Love to Pray
2nd March 2009 Life - Giving Words
16th February 2009 Exclusion Policy
9th February 2009 Somewhere the Child
2nd February 2009 The Conversion of St Paul
12th January 2009 Thomas Merton, "Thoughts in Solitude"
22nd December 2008 A Christmas Parable by Louis Cassels
15th December 2008 Work – from In the heart of the Temple by Sr Joan Chittister
8th December 2008 Am I at home when the doorbell rings?
1st December 2008 Street Corner Christ
17th November 2008 How Did I Get This Busy?
10th November 2008 A Homily for The Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica – 9th November 2008
3rd November 2008 John O’Donohue taken from “Benedictus - A Book of Blessings”
27th October 2008 Charles Peguy 1873-1914, French poet and politician
20th October 2008 The following is an extract from a talk given by Bishop George Lungu of Chipata in Zambia in Africa, to the synod of Bishops being held in Rome this month.
13th October 2008 Excerpt from ‘A Door of Hope’ by Jean Vanier
6th October 2008 A Reflection on Matthew's Gospel 21:28-32
29th September 2008 The Daily Decalogue of Pope John XXIII