Regarding the spiritual life, we are more apt to speak in a derogatory manner about the role of the senses than in praise. Traditional asceticism is prone to consider a sensory life one that is dedicated to pleasure, self-indulgence, and comfort. Each of the five senses is seen as the potential perceiver of that which distances us from the inner spiritual urges.
There is a valid point to considering the senses this way, but a strong case may also be made for the goodness of the senses, for they indeed are the windows of the body in which our spirit resides. The goodness of the senses is shown in the fact that, as humans, they are our primary means of perceiving that which is considered by our intellect as good or bad. Imagine the beauties of creation that could not be taken in fully without the senses. But like everything that has been bestowed on us we have a reactionary penchant for twisting them. It often seems as important to us to expose and explore the dark as well as the light.
In my own case, I cannot tell just where my spiritual life would be without the sense of sight. The things I read and the things I see in others are good. But, in truth, there are things I use my sight for that are bad. It occurs to me that actual hearing and touching have, at times, almost become metaphors for inner hearing and being touched by You. Yet, it’s also true that my hands and my ears are used for purposes that are not so good. I guess the point is that, like life itself, the use of the gift of our senses is left to our choice as to how we use it. As one of us You, indeed, used all five senses as instruments to carry out the will of Your Father and, at the same time, proved their inherent goodness.