'We have fallen out of belonging. Consequently, when we stand before crucial thresholds in our lives, 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. What is nearest to the heart is often farthest from the word. This book is an attempt to reach into that tenuous territory of change that we must cross...' In sharing words of profound grace and wisdom, master storyteller John O'Donohue's Benedictus offers blessings to shelter us as we confront the many challenges we face on our journey through life. Living in an anxious world - a world so often dominated by unwelcome change, unhappiness and even despair - many readers will find comfort in John O'Donohue's illuminating introductions, covering areas such as Beginnings, Desires, States of the Heart, Callings and Beyond Endings, and the blessings themselves provide an inspiring and reassuring new vision of possibility. It is also a vision of hope and belonging for this sometimes troubled world.
John O'Donohue was an Irish poet and philosopher, and the author of the internationally acclaimed bestsellers, Anam Cara, Eternal Echoes, Divine Beauty and the collection of poetry, Conamara Blues. He held degrees in philosophy and English Literature, and was awarded a PhD from the University of Tubingen in 1990. He lectured and conducted workshops across Europe and the United States. John O'Donohue died in January 2008.