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John O'Donohue (1956–2008)

Autor/a de Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

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Obres de John O'Donohue

Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom (1997) 1,713 exemplars
Beauty: The Invisible Embrace (2003) 348 exemplars
Conamara Blues: Poems (2000) 112 exemplars
Benedictus: A Book of Blessings (2007) 104 exemplars
Echoes of Memory (1994) 50 exemplars

Obres associades

The Confession of Saint Patrick and Letter to Coroticus (1978) — Pròleg — 193 exemplars
The Second Half of Life: Opening the Eight Gates of Wisdom (1998) — Pròleg, algunes edicions150 exemplars
Leading From Within: Poetry That Sustains the Courage to Lead (2007) — Col·laborador — 100 exemplars
John O'Donohue: Anam Cara [DVD] (2008) — Col·laborador — 2 exemplars


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Tubingen University (Ph.D ∙ philosophical theology ∙ 1990)
Roman Catholic Church



Inspiring, uplifting, and beautiful. Great for christians and wiccans alike....
kwskultety | Hi ha 16 ressenyes més | Jul 4, 2023 |
The chapter on Meister Eckhard was far the best chapter. I agree with the comment which stated they kept "trying to get into O'Donohue," especially as Krista Tippett loves him. I deeply appreciate the NPR programs of Krista T. O'Donohue? Afraid I take a pass. I tried his other work, "Eternal Echoes: Exploring Our Yearning to Belong," and set it down. I plan to read Meister Eckhard per O'Donahue's chapter. Too much of O'Donohue's work were homilies, aphorisms -- which you would expect from an audio put into print. I've read Simone Weil's bio, along with Zaretsky's recent book on her ideas. Her mysticism and principle kept me reading. Not so O'Donohue. I'm afraid his words and his books will not stand over time. This is disappointing because I found Krista T's recent re-broadcast of her 2008 interview with him inspiring. Crossing the threshold, the dead language we use to discuss God, how God is Beauty, the closer we get to the infinite, the more words and names dissolve into the cosmic silence of awe and beauty. Above riveted me to the broadcast, set me taking notes. Thus my disappointment with O'Donohue's book. I appreciate the many positive comments; I wish I could join them.… (més)
forestormes | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Dec 25, 2022 |
John O’ Donohue’s Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom draws on poetry, Hegelian philosophy, and the mysticism of 13th century mystic Meister Eckhart. O’ Donohue was a successful Irish author, theologian, and philosopher. He popularized this book that was first published in 1997 on Celtic spirituality. In 2000, O’ Donohue left the priesthood in Ireland and found a receptive audience for his work in the United States. At the age of 52, he died in his sleep while holidaying near Avignon, France.
Motifs of this work showed where he was raised in the area of Connemara, Ireland. He spelled out the concepts of the soul. One’s body was viewed to be within the soul. This attachment meant that the soul was bound in a circular way that consisted of three dimensions of the heavens above, the landscape on the middle realm, and the underworld within the depths of the earth.
O’ Donohue examined the importance of the senses – the benefits of sight, the reality of hearing, and the presence of touch. He explained the reasons for the seasons – spring, summer, autumn, winter. For example, when is the best time to start a career? When should people harvest the fruits that were sowed? Why is autumn so significant in their lives? And how should people sustain themselves during the gloomiest days of the winter months?
An overall theme presented in this work is knowing oneself. The author illustrated how this was essential if people were to live successfully. He stressed that understanding begins when they cultivate their mind, body, and soul. O’ Donohue saw this as the only way by which individuals could begin to be of help to others. Other discussions centered around the importance of time and space.
Anam Cara is the Gaelic word for “soul-friend” that resonated throughout O’ Donohue’s writings. It’s a self-help manual for people who are seeking new ways of exploring their spiritual life. With his pronunciations there are some scriptural citations, and other Christian practices reminiscent of O’ Donohue’s experiences as a former Catholic priest with a doctorate in political philosophy.
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erwinkennythomas | Aug 30, 2022 |
Such a lovely book with transcripts from John O'Donohue's talks. Having listened to his interview on the On Being podcast, I could hear the words in my mind in his delightful accent. Such depth and reflection shine through, with a bit of wandering into topics where conversations inevitably lead.
PlanCultivateCreate | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Aug 8, 2022 |

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