You may notice that I have been quoting many of John O’Donohue’s writings recently. That is because I am presently doing a 40 days online retreat with Spirituality and Practice.
Practicing Spirituality with John O’Donohue
Led by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
The late John O’ Donohue was an Irish Catholic priest, poet, scholar, and bestselling author of two books on Celtic spirituality, two collections of poetry, a book on the spiritual practice of beauty, and a volume on blessing as a way of life. Although he lived in Ireland, he led workshops and retreats in America. He made quite a name for himself with his lyrical, enthusiastic, and buoyant spoken-word audiotapes for Sounds True. To listen to him speak was to be transported to a realm of deep feeling. He peppered his talks with poetry from Rainer Maria Rilke, William Stafford, and many others.
Over his short but stunning writing and teaching career, O ‘Donohue consistently tapped into the rich mine of Celtic spirituality and stories. In Anam Cara (Gaelic for “soul friend”) he showed us how Celtic wisdom speaks across the centuries to the challenges we face today. In Eternal Echoes, he probed the multiple meanings of yearning and the path of the heart in times of separation. Beauty: The Invisible Embrace gave us a sweeping and vibrant survey of this often underplayed spiritual practice. His final book To Bless the Space Between Us presents ways to use this ritual as a way to connection, healing, and transformation.