Sunday, November 22, 2009

John O Donahue joins my Jedi Council

I guess we all probably have wise guides we look to, people who help
us to shape our spiritual lives, sages who articulate things we
intuitively feel we already know but haven't been able to put into
words.

I lovingly refer to these people as my Jedi Council. They are people
like Richard Rohr, Brian McLaren, Wendell Berry, Eugene Peterson,
Ronald Rolheiser, Bede Griffiths. (looks like I need to add some women!)

John O Donahue is now joining my Jedi Council. I'm a bit late to the
party on this one. I did hear him speak at Greenbelt 3 years ago (I
think it was) but haven't read him until recently.

Pippa gave me 'Benedictus', his wonderful book of blessings, when
Samuel was born, and I recently blew the dust off 'Anam Cara' which
has been sitting on my shelf for years. It is beautiful, beautiful
spiritual writing of the highest quality.

I think I'll have to download some of his talks from the Greenbelt
site. In this season of the church year when we especially remember
the communion of the saints, Mr O Donahue thankyou for your wisdom and
for all you embodied.

2 comments:

bigdaddystevieB said...

MATT: Absolutely agree! I have my “World Eleven” equivalent (which, at the last count, consisted of some 25 people!). Only came across John O’Donohue shortly before he died - through mayBe’s Cara and to Gail+Ian when they lent me a Greenbelt CD. I’m constantly returning to “Benedictus” (just beautiful). The man just had a way of expressing feelings, emotions and situations in such a magical way. Everytime I read his words, I can hear his voice.
PS: please go easy on the Villa at the weekend!

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