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    The Underdeveloped Heart

    Conway, Michael A. (2016) The Underdeveloped Heart. The Furrow, 67. pp. 259-265. ISSN 0016-3120

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    A fascinating feature of human life is our ability to change, to be transformed, and to grow. And this is irrespective of age. There is no doubt that in the early years of life our growing is accelerated, necessary and, to a great extent, imposed on us. It is at once physical, emotional, intellectual and to some degree spiritual. As we age, however, growth is less a matter of physical prowess and much more a concern of mind, heart and spirit. And as such, growth in adult life is increasingly voluntary and, therefore, grounded in our freedom. We need never stop growing! The horizon of adult growth is infinite; we can always begin something new. I know a lady who in her nineties began learning French! In his poem ‘Begin,’ Brendan Kennelly observes: Though we live in a world that dreams of ending that always seems about to give in something that will not acknowledge conclusion insists that we forever begin.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Underdeveloped heart;
    Academic Unit: St Patrick's College, Maynooth > Faculty of Theology
    Item ID: 7795
    Depositing User: Michael A. Conway
    Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2017 10:33
    Journal or Publication Title: The Furrow
    Publisher: St. Patrick's College, Maynooth
    Refereed: Yes
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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