To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings
John O'Donohue, Irish teacher and poet, has been widely praised for his gift of drawing on Celtic spiritual traditions to create words of inspiration and wisdom for today. In To Bless the Space Between ...more
Blessed be the longing that brought you here
And quickens your soul with wonder.
May you have the courage to listen to the voice of desire
That disturbs you when you have settled for something safe.
May you have the wisdom to enter generously into your own unease
To discover the new dire ...more
Incredible source for family, ministry, prayers, toasts and even times of remembrance.
Mr. O'Donohue uses the most beautiful and poetic language to bless our modern day with life, hope + restoration for the soul.
A blessing breaks down the barriers between people and is the ultimate form of intimacy. It changes the environment around us and opens new possibilities of connection, healing, and transformation. O'Donohue laments that in the West we have "no rituals to protect, encourage, and guide us as we cross over into the unknown." Th ...more
Compassionate of heart,
Clear in word,
Gracious in awareness,
Courageous in thought,
Generous in love.
After a Destructive Encounter (!!!)
Now that you have entered with an open heart
Into a complex and fragile situation,
Hoping with patience and respect
To tread softly over sore ground in order
That somewhere beneath the raw estrangement
Some fresh spring of healing might be coaxed
To release the grace for a new journey
Beyond repetition and judgment,
And have achieved nothing of that,
I am not sure I can say I merely read this book, I more inhabited it. I reach for it when I need a moment of grace, a moment of support, or a moment of remembrance that we are all ephemeral.
John O'Donahue writes: ...it has been one of the deepest longings of the human heart to strain against the erosion of one's life, to find a way of living and being that manages ...more
Perhaps it was that I didn't attend to its stated purpose as a book of informal liturgics. Perhaps my aesthetic is unrefined, or overly refined. Perhaps I brought a warped expectation, shaped by the delicious couplets and quatrains whose excerpted sharing drew me to this book.
Here and there, it was lovely and meaningful. It comes, clearly, from a gracious soul. I did not dislike it.
But more often than not, it didn't quite work. I wanted it to work, to sing, to resonate. I felt l ...more
"A blessing evokes a privileged intimacy. It touches that tender membrane where the human heart cries out to its divine ground."
This book came to me at just the time in my life when I needed it, and for that i am immensely thankful.
John o'Donohue's voice is sacred and whimsical and wise and dearly missed,
I would rate this book 7 stars on a scale from 1 to 5. It is that beautiful.
For a fantastic interview of O'Donohue, see Krista Tippett's podcast On Being, at http://being.publicradio.org/programs..., completed just prior yonhis untimely death. It helps so much to hear ...more
I started to read this book for a book club through an online yoga community. My goal was to read one blessing a day, and I met this goal for about a month, but then I got busy, and my readings became sporadic. I believe that I will read blessings from this book again, but I would plan to read them when they are more suiting.
Coincidentally, I read the blessing “Blessing for a New Home” when my roommate moved out. It wasn’t a new home, but it felt like a different home. I hadn’t lived alone fo...more
May you who read this be blessed. May the gift of words flower and grow in the seat of your heart.
Be fair in your expectations,
Compassionate in your criticism.
May you have the grace of encouragement
To awaken the gift in the other’s heart,
Building in them the confidence
To follow the call of the gift.
And I did like a lot of the book. Each blessing is written a loose poetic form and addresses one topic, life event, or challenge. There were a few — "For Eros", "For Love in the Time of Conflict", and "For Belonging" — that I loved.
Oh boy, am I choosing all the bad books? Am I? Because that seems to be the case. I wanted to mark this as the "devotional" prompt for the book challenge, I'm not going to. I'm severely disappointed. I suppose Celtic Christianity suffers the same new agey kidnapping as the Franciscan Order. After all, many people think of St. Patrick as some hippie.
I was hoping some poetic license from what I saw on reviews, and on accounts of knowing the author was "a poet". But not this. If you really like Ce ...more
Like the joy of the sea coming home to shore,
May the relief of laughter rinse through your soul.
As the wind loves to call things to dance,
May your gravity by lightened by grace.
Like the dignity of moonlight restoring the earth,
May your thoughts incline with reverence and respect.
As water takes whatever shape it is in,
So free may you be about who you become.
As silence smiles on the other side of what's said,
May your sense of irony bring perspective.
As time remains free of all that it frames,
May your mind stay clear of all it names.
May your prayer of listening deepen enough
to hear in the depths the laughter of god.”