Quote for the Day

Nothing in the universe resembles God more than silence. — Meister Eckhart, as quoted by John O'Donohue in Four Elements: Reflections on Nature … [Read more...]

Remembering John O’Donohue

Today is the third anniversary of the passing of John O'Donohue, the noted Irish author and spiritual teacher, whose works include Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom, Eternal Echoes: Exploring Our Yearning to Belong, Beauty: The Invisible Embrace, and To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings. He also wrote several books of poetry and created several original spoken audio works.In 1999 I had the good fortune to spend an afternoon with John O'Donohue, to interview him for a book  … [Read more...]

Books we talked about in Ulster

Here is a partial list of some of the many books we talked about, recommended to one another, read from, or otherwise consulted, during the Spirituality and Peacemaking week in Northern Ireland earlier this month. Some of these books were mentioned in our sessions; others were used to help plan the sessions; others came up in informal conversations between the retreat participants. If you weren't on the retreat, dipping into these books might give you a sense of the breadth of the conversation … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

The idea of memory was very important in Celtic spirituality. There are lovely prayers for different occasions. There are prayers for the hearth, for kindling the fire, and for smooring the  hearth. At night, the ashes were smoored over the burning coals, sealing off the air. The next morning the coals would still be alive and burning. There is also a lovely prayer for the hearth keepers that evokes St. Bridget, who was both a pagan Celtic goddess and a Christian saint. In herself, Bridget … [Read more...]

And what do YOU like to read?

Here's something just for fun — that sheds some light on the reading habits of those who visit my humble website.Scattered throughout this blog and website are links to various books — books I've written, books written by people I've interviewed (like John O'Donohue), or books that I've reviewed, recommended, or otherwise mentioned once or twice. These links take you to Amazon where you can purchase the book — and if you do so, I get a small commission in the form of a credit that I can use at … [Read more...]

The Butler, Tea, and Single Malt

I was poking around Beth Patterson's Virtual Teahouse this morning, and found a link that led me to a link (!) to Jesse Kornbluth's wonderful tribute to John O'Donohue at Headbutler. Probably the most wonderful and heartfelt tribute to the Connemara mystic I've yet to see. You'll want to check out what O'Donohue said one morning after a bottle of single malt whisky had bested him.And while you're at it, take some time to get to know both the Virtual Teahouse and Headbutler. The Virtual … [Read more...]

John O’Donohue (1956-2008)

I am saddened to have learned of the passing of John O'Donohue, author of Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom, this past Thursday. He died peacefully in his sleep while on holiday in France. Read the announcement on his website.In 1999 I had the privilege to interview him for a book industry trade publication; you can read the interview here.He was not only one of the most articulate voices of living Celtic Christianity and Celtic wisdom, but he also had a clear grasp of the beauty of … [Read more...]


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