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John O’Donohue



John O’Donohue, PhD, (1956–2008) was an Irish poet and author who wrote about Celtic spirituality, the healing powers of the natural world, the bonds of friendship, and the rich complexity of the inner life. A former Catholic priest, he was also an accomplished Hegelian scholar and popular speaker.

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Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

John O'Donohue, poet, philosopher, and scholar, guides you through the spiritual landscape of the Irish imagination.

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Four Elements: Reflections on Nature

John O’Donohue won hundreds of thousands of admirers with his now classic work on Celtic spirituality Anam Cara. Unfortunately he died suddenly at age fifty-two just as his book of blessings, To Bless the Space Between Us, was being published.

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Eternal Echoes: Celtic Reflections on Our Yearning to Belong

There is a divine restlessness in the human heart, our eternal echo of longing that lives deep within us and never lets us settle for what we have or where we are.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageIf you try to view yourself through the lenses that others offer you, all you will see are distortions; your own light and beauty will become blurred, awkward, and ugly.

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The Wild Land Within: Cultivating Wholeness through Spiritual Practice

The wilderness of the heart may be untamed, but you don't need to go there alone. In The Wild Land Within, spiritual companion and podcast host Lisa Colón DeLay offers a map to our often-bewildering inner terrain, inviting us to deepen and expand our encounters with God.

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Poem: "Beannacht"

Shortly before his death in 2008, the late Irish poet John O'Donohue recited his poem, meaning blessing, during an interview with Krista Tippett. We've woven his close friends' photographs of him in his Celtic landscapes with this reading.

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Conamara Blues: Poems

Translating the beauty and splendor of his native Conamara into a language exquisitely attuned to the wonder of the everyday, John O’Donohue takes us on a moving journey through real and imagined worlds.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageOne of the tasks of true friendship is to listen compassionately and creatively to the hidden silences. Often secrets are not revealed in words, [but] lie concealed in the silence between the words or in the depth of what is unsayable between two people.

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The Unseen Life that Dreams Us

An interview with John O’Donohue on the secret landscapes of imagination and spirit

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John O’Donohue: Celtic Blessing

The late John O’Donhue reads a poem from his “Blessing the Space Between Us,” during a program, Celtic Spirit, at Wisdom Ways Center for Spirituality in 1997.

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Cynthia Bourgeault