One thing we know about our fan base — they (you?) love words, especially poesy. The response to Tess Gallagher’s poem about her time with Thich Nhat Hanh made that clear.

So, in one of Krista’s limited face-to-face interviews (see Shiraz’s post about what a more typical interview looks like), she was regaled by the lilting tongue and picturesque poetry of the late Irish poet John O’Donohue in September. Mr. O’Donohue passed away earlier this year, but his verse lives on.

John O'Donohue
Colleen crafted a lovely audio slideshow (keep your eye out for her post) of O’Donohue’s recitation of “Beannacht” threaded with phototgraphs of scenic Celtic landscapes taken by several of his dear friends. And, since many of O’Donohue’s recitations won’t make it into the final, produced program, I wanted to offer them up here for download — or, if you prefer a more expedient and organized approach, through our podcast.

All of them are mp3s you can download. Just right-click your mouse and select save as:

A Blessing for a Friend on the Arrival of Illness
A Blessing for One Who Holds Power
For the Pilgrim a Kiss: The Caha River
For the Pilgrim a Kiss: Between Things
For the Pilgrim a Kiss: Body Language
Since You Came
The Nativity

And, my apologies for all the parenthetical comments. Yowza!

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Thank you so much for giving us access to not only the words, but the voice, of this dear and profoundly spiritual man. I am sad at his untimely death, but so grateful that he walked among us.

I'm reading Krista's book, as well, and as a spiritual director and retreat leader, I am most grateful for her work.

Thanks to all of you for this special website and program. It is so special to have John O'Donohue's blessings in his own voice. How sad to have lost him so young; but how grateful I am that he walked among us at all. Thank you, Krista, for your show and your book. As a leader of contemplative retreats and a spiritual director, I am delighted that such excellent programming exists.