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John O’Donohue

January 9th, 2008

 Fionntulach (Fiona Davidson) just sent this news about John ODonohue:

“Today I heard that John O’Donohue died on January 3rd, 2008 peacefully in his sleep. He was 53. Few people realise that, as well as his busy work as a writer and speaker, O’Donohue was also a committed ecological activist.. and did much work in that field,  particularly to protect the Burren in the West of Ireland. His book “Anam Cara” was a first introduction to Celtic Spirituality for many people..  I have heard so many say what a  joy they  felt upon reading the book and how they just could not put it down. Until his book, the concept of the Anam Chara was unknown out with fairly well-informed Celtic circles. Now we see the term almost everywhere… In his books, O’Donohue speaks to the deepest calling of our soul: the longing to belong – “Belonging is a circle that embraces everything; if we reject it, we damage our nature. The word ‘belonging’ holds together the two fundamental aspects of life: Being and Longing, the longing of our Being and the being of our Longing.’  Celtic Spirituality has lost a sensitive writer… and a soul-friend to many. May his passing into Tir Nan Og be easy and may he nourish that place as much as he has this world that he loved so much…

Le graidh, Fionntulach