It is eleven years since the Irish poet, author, speaker and philosopher, John O’Donohue died suddenly at the age of 52 while holidaying in Avignon, France.
John was a friend of the Brigidine Sisters in Ireland, particularly in Kildare where the Solas Bhride Centre and Hermitages now are in the care of Brigidine Sisters and members of Cairde Bhride.
Grave of John O’Donohue, Creggagh Cemetery (Photo Saints’ Bridge)
As we mark his anniversary this month, we give thanks for his wonderful gifts of wisdom, faith and creativity as expressed in his published works including Anam Cara (1997), Eternal Echoes (1998), Conamara Blues (2000), Divine Beauty: The Invisible Embrace (2003), Benedictus: A Book of Blessings (2007), The Four Elements (2010) and Echoes of Memory (2011).
Each of us who have read John’s writings will have found some words of inspiration in these works. Perhaps this is a good time to revisit his writings to allow his words and images to enrich one’s prayer, reflection and living. For example: