Thursday, 21 November 2013
Back to Doneraile Park
Here is my brother Donal who is home on a short
visit from the Fiji Islands where he lives.
He had never been to Doneraile Park
So I suggested a trip there today
On this cold sunny day
Blue skies and autumn colours delighted us
As we crossed bridges
And admired the views
While catching up, his life is so different to mine .
Donal has lived in Fiji foe the past 25 years teaching
in a seminary and working in parishes.
I suppose we are both teachers but apart from that we
couldn't be more different . Donal always knew he belonged
in the church , knew he wanted to be a priest since he was 4
or 5 years old . His is a natural faith and belief . I questioned
everything, at times I tried my best to believe, to fit in with my
family . It never worked, growing up my mother did her best
convert me , I often wondered what was wrong with me, often
almost believed that the ' devil ' had got to me as she implied.
But I could never believe that there was only one path to 'God'.
I have always had a sense that all paths lead home. Some paths
may be longer and others more direct but we are all heading in
the same direction. We are all searching for the 'truth ' of our
existence. We are all aspects of divine light working to unblock
the aspects of our human nature which hide our light.