Quaking to Leading

Fr Daniel O'Leary
Centering Prayer, Silent Retreat, Prayer, REflection, Spirituality, Motivation

Quaking to Leading

There’s a coward in all of us; there’s a hero in all of us. ‘It is a strange truth but this contradiction lives in the heart of every human being – even those we admire and follow. There is a story about the two wolves who are forever fighting in all our souls – the wolf of menace and evil; the wolf of harmony and energy. And who wins? The one you feed! The one you befriend each day. When things are not looking too good, risk opening your heart to befriend the wolf of courage. The prize is priceless. You find the heroine within; the leader you were born to become. All you seek is already within you. You are made in the image of your Creator. Your truest self is a small flame waiting to burn with immense power and influence. In 1875 William Ernest Henley wrote his famous Invictus. It begins, Out of the night that covers me

Black as the pit from pole to pole

I thank whatever gods may be

For my unconquerable soul.

(Quilter-Couch, Arthur Thomas (ed.) The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250-1900, Clarendon Press, 1902, p1019.)

When you believe in your immense potential then everything is possible. That is the purpose of your life, the reason you were born. The quaking is over.  Begin to see yourself in a new light. The darkness will be heavy; the struggle will be a daily one. And the dawn is very near.

It’s up to you; you have the choice;

to stay asleep or throw the dice.

To play it safe and then to die

or trust your heart – and fly! 

(The Heavenly Habit p77) by Fr Daniel O’Leary

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