NEW BOOK RELEASE:February 23, 2023: The 25th Anniversary Edition of Anam Cara. More info here
IIRELAND TOURS 2024 - The Wellspring of Presence: John O'Donohue's West of Ireland Tours, April 13-20, 2024 and September 21-28, 2024 MORE INFO
There are no words for the deepest things. Words become feeble when mystery visits and prayer moves into silence. In post-modern culture the ceaseless din of chatter has killed our acquaintance with silence. Consequently, we are stressed and anxious. Silence is a fascinating presence. Silence is shy; it is patient and never draws attention to itself. Without the presence of silence, no word could ever be said or heard. Our thoughts constantly call up new words. We become so taken with words that we barely notice the silence, but the silence is always there. The best words are born in the fecund silence that minds the mystery.