There are no words for the deepest things. Words become feeble when mystery visits and prayer moves into silence. In post-modern culture the ceaseless din of chatter has killed our acquaintance with silence. Consequently, we are stressed and anxious. Silence is a fascinating presence. Silence is shy; it is patient and never draws attention to itself. Without the presence of silence, no word could ever be said or heard. Our thoughts constantly call up new words. We become so taken with words that we barely notice the silence, but the silence is always there. The best words are born in the fecund silence that minds the mystery.




Announcing the 2020 O'Donohue Ireland Tour


Our warm greetings with appreciation for your interest in John O'Donohue's work and the public events we are hosting.

We have just announced our week-long Irish tour in September 2020.

We were thrilled to welcome 400 international guests to our 2018 O'Donohue Symposium in Ireland! Shortly, we will be announcing our next symposium, April 24-26, 2020, in John's beloved County Clare.

And finally, deeply grateful for the warm reception for John's latest book, Walking in Wonder: Eternal Wisdom for a Modern World - more information here.

Abundant blessings on behalf of the O'Donohue family,

Ann Cahill
Director, John O'Donohue Literary Estate