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. 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 — intertwine in human experience. His voice and writings continue to bring ancient mystical wisdom to modern confusions and longings.
was a poet, theologian, and philosopher. He authored several books, including Anam Ċara, Beauty, and Echoes of Memory, a collection of blessings published posthumously. More recently a new book of conversation with him has been published in the U.K., Walking Pastures of Wonder. He died on January 4, 2008.