Maeve Louise Heaney

Merging Music and Theology

The Little Things in life

July 30, 2017
Maeve Heaney

The little things I had the foot massage of a lifetime this week – life saving between flights, when for some reason I got off a 4 ½ hour flight with unbelievably swollen ankles and legs, with only 2 hours before another flight, this time of 8 hours. So I did what I have never done before and went to one of those airport massage zones, and asked for a 20 or 30 minute foot massage, of some sort… This gentle Malaysian woman called May took one look at my legs and with her broken English advised that I should let her work for an hour, rather than the half hour I had booked. So with a “no pain, no gain” comment I made and she repeated with a smile when I flinched, she systematically worked out some of the knots and fluid I had accumulated, until with a sigh of relief I left that space more human than I had felt for a while, and ready for a flight I was dreading. My sense of gratitude lasted for hours. It made me think about, and pray, for this woman’s life and expertise… her awareness of how the human body works; her quiet, attentive dedication to the well being of another woman, whom she will most likely never meet again. One life, normal or inconspicuous, for the most part, as are all our lives, which touched mine. And invited me to more humanity, I think. IMG_20170722_085341_resized_20170729_113038503 Other women that blessed me this week were the amazing women at the  International Network of Societies for Catholic Theology [INSeCT] at Bangalore. In truth, the whole group was really lovely... another day's post! ....................................................................... INSeCT Network Council Meeting_Bangalore 22 July 2017         I am praying for heightened awareness, for the capacity to live in the present moment with those who are around me in the now happenings and mishaps I race through or try to jump over. So often my drive has me looking forward – for good reasons – but I lose the simple beauty of shared humanity, in this wonderful but wonky world we live in. I think I miss so much by not having time for and listening to what God gives us generously and freely through those around us… “Indeed you love truth in the heart…in the secret of my heart teach me wisdom” Ps 51.


  1. Thanks Maeve for this beautiful reflection on human intimacy. We seldom acknowledge the grace of touch in our Church yet the Scriptures are filled with that sacramental act. As an older gay man I have been blessed by grace of hugs among many of my male friends that was not part of an earlier culture for true blue “Aussie blokes”. Perhaps we need a ministry of massage in our local communities that will cross the gender and generational divide!!!

  2. Keep up the writing, Maeve!

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