An excerpt from John O’Donohue’s book – Divine Beauty

February 20, 2009




8 Responses to “An excerpt from John O’Donohue’s book – Divine Beauty”

  1. Nic Paton Says:

    That 2nd paragraph especially is amazing. Pithy statements, ready to be unpacked at length. Lets do it. Can we cut your book up?

  2. Wow, thank you so much for posting this! Two things particularlly struck me:

    1) When he talks about the source of human imagination being outside of a person and also his use of the term “Divine Imagination.” I have thought extensively about the source and nature of the creative process as it relates to the physical production of art. I tend to discount the mind as part of the process. I am going to have to sit and ponder the concept of imagination more fully.

    2) “The life and death of each of us exerts a secret influence on everyone else.” What a beautiful and empowering way of putting this. We each matter in ways we will never know. We have but to trust in our process to know our lives matter.

    Thanks again for posting this!


  3. russ.... Says:


    thanks for this beautiful & uplifting quote. i particularly like the words at the end, about seeing through a glass darkly while still in this realm. the after promises illumination & awareness of all that happens to us & through us is part of our destiny.



  4. Andrew Says:

    Nic,sybil and Ruz
    Thanks for your thoughts.

    I love the patterns that are woven when we consider imagination, experience and expression as part of the continual unfolding dream of God. Thus when we enter into our creativity, we are in the rhythm of the divine creator.

    be blessed

  5. Viola Jaynes Says:

    I love to listen to John O’Donohue’s Celtic Wisom CD. He was a marvelously gifted and inteligent man. Truly beautiful!

  6. Daniel Shay Says:

    No one has a better grasp of what is meaningful than this extraordinary individual.

  7. Karl L Says:

    “If you bring forth what is within you, what you have will save you.” The Gospel of Thomas saying 70

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