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To Bless the Space Between Us: A Collection of Invocations and Blessings
     

To Bless the Space Between Us: A Collection of Invocations and Blessings

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by Aine Minogue
 

"When we stand before crucial thresholds in our lives," observes Irish poet and philosopher John O'Donohue, "we have no rituals to protect, encourage, and guide us as we cross over into the unknown. For such crossings, we need to find new words."

On To Bless the Space Between Us, O'Donohue presents an adaptation of his thought-provoking book of the same

Overview

"When we stand before crucial thresholds in our lives," observes Irish poet and philosopher John O'Donohue, "we have no rituals to protect, encourage, and guide us as we cross over into the unknown. For such crossings, we need to find new words."

On To Bless the Space Between Us, O'Donohue presents an adaptation of his thought-provoking book of the same title, providing comfort and insights to illuminate the passage of our life path.

Following seven rhythms of the human journey—Beginnings, Desires, Thresholds, Homecoming, States of the Heart, Callings, and Beyond Endings—more than 80 poetic and gracious invocations in this collection can be used as tools for self-transformation, as meditations for deeper contemplation, or as simple prayers for ourselves or our loved ones.

With blessings such as "For Love in a Time of Conflict," "For Belonging," "For Equilibrium," "On Meeting a Stranger," "In Praise of Earth," and many more, these lyrical selections "will invite you to awaken your own power to bless, and will suggest to you the secret world of healing and plenitude and providence that encircles, shelters, and guides your every breath and step."

To Bless the Space Between Us features the music of Irish harpist Áine Minogue.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

What does it mean to bless others and ourselves? In this collection of O'Donohue's poetic prayers, the author of Beauty and Anam Carafocuses on bringing God's blessings into the liminal spaces in our lives: times of transition, grieving, change or preparation for the unknown. Some of the blessings are for specific situations that are bread-and-butter staples of other prayer books, such as benedictions over births, weddings, new jobs or new homes. Others are unexpected and bravely dark, including a prayer for the loved ones left behind after a suicide, or for a parent after the death of a child. O'Donohue is not afraid to tackle the fear and guilt that many harbor secretly, bringing shame and addiction out into the open even while celebrating new life and new love. His writing is sensitive and deep: "As light departs to let the earth be one with night, Silence deepens in the mind, and thoughts grow slow; The basket of twilight brims over with colors," he says of evening Vespers. The book closes with the Irish priest's personal-and often profound-musings on the act of blessing, drawing on Celtic spirituality and the wisdom of poets and philosophers. (Feb. 19)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591796312
Publisher:
Sounds True, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/28/2008
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
4
Sales rank:
926,579
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

John O' Donohue

John O'Donohue (1956-2008)

In early January 2008, the Sounds True family was deeply saddened by the loss of the Irish poet-philosopher John O'Donohue. John was a one-of-a-kind force of nature: a genius with words, a brilliant thinker, and a professional excavator of the soul. He will truly be missed.

John O'Donohue was an Irish poet and Catholic scholar who was awarded a Ph.D. in philosophical theology from the University of Tubingen. He wrote several books including Anam Cara; Air: Breath of God; Stone as the Tabernacle of Memory; Water: The Tears of the Earth; and Echoes of Memory, a book of poems. John authored the Sounds True audio programs Anam Cara, Beauty: The Invisible Embrace, and Wisdom from the Celtic World. His final work was To Bless the Space Between Us, a collection of Celtic invocations and blessings.

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