9.01.2011

Soul Friends by O'Donohue

The Irish poet and philosopher John O'Donohue was beloved for his book Anam Ċara, Gaelic for "soul friend," and for his insistence on beauty as a human calling and a defining aspect of God. In one of his last interviews before his death in 2008, he articulated a Celtic imagination about how the material and the spiritual, the visible and the invisible worlds intertwine in human experience.

We all have "soul friends" in our lives.  People that we connect with, people we think of often, people we miss when we lose touch, people that we know have our back in every situation, people that offer a shoulder to cry on when they know we need one and people that we just could not take a breath without.  Some of us have large circles of soul friends and others of us have small circles of soul friends.  I can count on one hand the soul friends that I have and unfortunately I can count on the other hand the soul friends that are now only with me in spirit and heart and rememberance.  Cherish those that are dear and embrace those that are important to you. 

“Beannacht” — by John O'Donohue is a word that has been translated as both “blessing” and “passage.” It’s about finding comfort in loss.  Taking comfort in knowing that we are not alone is what is truly important.
Let us be touched by the lives of those that have passed and let us take comfort in the soul friendships we have made along the path of life.



PEACE AND STRENGTH.....important aspects of John O'Donohue's life and legacy...




Peace.
Thoughtfulness.
Strength
Cath

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