In the link below Fr. Eugene McCaffrey explores 'the impasse' in our lives both individually and collectively and the importance of genuine 'detachment', highlighted in the writings of John of the Cross, so as we can 'travel light and with freedom of heart'. Fr McCaffery offers a comprehensive understanding of the term 'contemplation' and its place in the transformation of the world - the political , economic and social vacuum that is sadly dominant. He writes, 'The contemplative gaze penetrates to the heart of all human reality: it is the deepest source of energy and compassion for the world'. This piece appeared in the Spring 2017 copy of the magazine 'Assumpta'.