It’s All in the Eyes

June 27, 2015

The following is an excerpt from an article by Fr. Ron Rohlheiser. It was published in the February 8, 2015 edition of The Catholic Moment.

If we were to set up a mirror and stare straight into our own eyes, what would we see? Are our eyes tired, unenthusiastic, cynical, lifeless, dead? Do they radiate mostly anger and jealousy? Is there any fire there? Are they so deadened so as to be incapable of being surprised? Have they lost their innocence? Is there still a child buried somewhere behind them?

A good look in the mirror for most of us, sadly, reveals that the fire has gone out; our eyes and face are devoid of wonder and innocence.

What’s to be done? Here’s the counsel: Go to a mirror and stare into your eyes until you see there again the boy or girl who once inhabited that space. In that, wonder will be born, a sparkle will return and, with it, a freshness that can make you young again.

Our eyes don’t grow tired, rather they get buried. That’s what causes the blank, passionless stare. Bodies tire, but eyes are windows to the soul and they are forever eager to see.


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