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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Columba Press; Columba Classic edition (31 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782180230
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782180234
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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'A wonderfully soothing book ... Travelling Light demonstrates with clarity and compassion that when we give ourselves the permission and space from the ever increasing busyness that affect our lives we can discover and rediscover genuine rest, insight, wisdom, compassion, lightness of heart and spirit. -- Sr Stanislaus Kennedy RSC

'This is a prime example of the "ordinariness of the sacred" that so many people need today. This is the wisdom that only comes from having been there, having done your homework, and having met God. It is such wisdom as Daniel O'Leary's that will lead our people through this dark and narrow time in Western Christianity. God always sends us what we need." -- Richard Rohr OFM

'Travelling Light is beautifully written, a delight to read. It bears comparison with anything that Anthony de Mello has written on prayer and spirituality ... This is far too rich a book to summarise. My reaction to so much of it was: this is true, this is real. I tested many of the practices and meditations and found that they worked. They can mean more with repetition. This is a book to savour and to cherish. ' -- Sean Fagan SM

'Travelling Light is one man's journey into the abyss where mystery is at home, scary at times but always offering light and hope. This journal contains several gems of wisdom and grace, embroidered with a range of practical suggestions for meditation, stillness and prayer. What makes this book special is its transparent witness to an age-old conviction, namely that the stuff of the spiritual life is made by walking the journey, and not by reaching a destination. -- Diarmuid n Murch MSC --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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By A Customer on 25 Mar. 2006
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The language is beautiful. The treatment of emotional responses to difficulties is mature and enlightening. The hunger to express what it is to be is tangible throughout. Also at times a beautiful vision of creation shines through the work. Brutally honest writing by a man who struggles with his demons as do we all. My mother, who I'm afraid to say , has not a few hallmarks of a Catholic mystic would kick him up the backside, give him a rosary beads and insist he dedicate himself to the Divine Mercy. Beats the desert excursions any day and you actully get REAL results. Good poetic writer. Will be kept in my prayers.
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I have read many books on spirituality but for me this book is the one I always return to. Having personally had some very difficult years recently, I find this book a constant support and source of encouragement. I often open it at random and every time I find something that fills me with hope and helps me to cope with my problems. I love the fact that the writer is so honest about his own struggles as it makes me feel so much better about my own imperfect life. This is a very courageous and God-affirming book and constantly reminds us about God's overwhelming love for us - something organised religions often forget.
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Travelling Light: Your journey to wholeness, by Daniel O'Leary, The Columba Press, 2001, 216 ff.

A guide to meditation and spiritual enlightenment
By Howard Jones

Fr. Daniel O'Leary is one of those rare creatures - steeped in the formalism of the Catholic Church as a parish priest but always ready to embrace the wisdom of other faiths in his writing where he feels this is appropriate. He has been a regular contributor to the Catholic magazine, The Tablet, for some time; but his writings have as much to say that is relevant to non-Catholics as to those within the faith. This book was created while the author was on a sabbatical of spiritual refreshment in the USA.

The book is divided into three parts. The first short Part is by way of introduction to those embarking on a spiritual journey. The main substance of the book is in Part Two - a collection of thirty-one quite short meditations that the author calls `Breathers', and which he also describes as `spiritual cat-naps'. Anyone who has practiced any kind of meditation within eastern or western belief systems, or has been on stress management courses, knows that one of the most important prerequisites is learning how to breathe in a relaxed manner: hence the description of these meditations. As the author says, `body, mind and spirit are always inseparable on the spiritual path . . . this integration is the function and goal of the journey of healing and wholeness.'

Each meditation comprises a `theoretical' part, elaborating in a gentle, non-prescriptive way, the aim of this step of the journey. This is followed by a section labelled `Praxis' giving the specific details of what is required in a practical sense. These recommendations are widely relevant.
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Father O'Leary writes from his own experience and manages to deal with most of the experiences of life which come to all of us. His insights are very helpful and he gives practical examples of how to cope with some of the difficulties which come with journeying spiritually as a human being.
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Daniel O'Leary always takes you one step further, and to greater depths than you might otherwise go.
This is a daily exercise which you can repeat month by month, and each time draw more from it.
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This book is full of honesty and good sense. It helps to know that others, especially a priest, have all the same anxieties and hang ups as I do. It is full of good advice and a book to be passed on NOT put on the bookshelf to gather dust! I have bought numerous copies to give away.
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Fr Daniel is living and breathing the stuff he writes about; he is not an esoteric academic; this is why I rate this book so well.
As a Retreat Director myself I will use his material often.
Go with God Daniel! As indeed you do already.
Gabrielle Daly-Fong
Aotearoa New Zealand
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Travelling Light is a wonderful book to help bring everyone closer to God and to the simple but profound wisdom that we are God's adored creations. Daniel O'Leary speaks from his own search for truth and his deep spirituality. His writing is straightforward, very accessible and he seeks to help the reader find God within and around and as part of everything. I find this book so good, I have bought it as a gift for a number of friends. I highly recommend it to anyone searching for a richer spiritual life.
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