The Blessings Of John O’Donohue

February 19th 2010


“As high over the mountains the eagle spreads its wings, may your perspective be larger than the view from the foothills. When the way is flat and dull in times of gray endurance, may your imagination continue to evoke horizons.”
— John O‘Donohue

Thoughts, written by Rev. John Dear about John O’Donohue, his book To Bless the Space Between Us (Benedictus in the UK), and his work, can be found at today’s National Catholic Reporter website.

“As Barack Obama made his way to Washington D.C. for his inauguration last week, he stopped in Baltimore to greet a crowd of well-wishers. At the event, Maryland’s Governor Martin O’Malley offered this blessing. It’s from “For One Who Holds Power,” (part of the collection To Bless the Space Between Us) by John O’Donohue, the Irish poet, philosopher and spiritual writer, who died a year ago.

As the dramatic events of last week unfolded, I found myself returning to John’s writings to center myself, steep myself in his blessings and dig deeper contemplative roots. . . .”