"John O’Donohue is a man of the soul. His scholarly meditation on the continuing relevance of Ireland’s spiritual heritage has become a publishing phenomenon..." - London Times
Wonder, imagination and possibility were John’s great concerns, and he articulated them in his own inimitable lyrical style. The rich flow of his language - cadences, rhythms, colloquial flavouring – were a large part of John’s attraction to his radio audience.
John Quinn (RTÉ Radio Broadcaster and Friend)
We will always be grateful for the gift of John’s extraordinary presence, the discipline of his mind, and the wildness of his nature. He forged in the smithy of his soul a beautiful spirituality that is a benefit to Ireland and the contemporary world.
Fr. Martin Downey (Beloved Friend)
As with all writers whose fluency and wisdom is refreshing in its apparent spontaneity, the impression was created by years of patient thinking and reflection. He was a voracious reader; he enquired into everything and had prodigious powers of absorption and expression. It was a huge enjoyment to meet so orderly and creative a mind in such an irrepressible spirit. His priestly vocation called for a full, active presence which he provided in attentive stillness and he had an amazing, graciously energizing lucidity in public speaking and preaching.
Dr. Lelia Doolan (RTÉ Producer and Friend)
John took us with him as he journeyed to beckoning horizons and generously brought us, as we listened to him or read him, to marvel, to wonder, and to return home transformed. He was a rare form of human possibility, a razor sharp intellect married to a far-traveling, Irish articulation and a bird-of-paradise vocabulary that made the listener realize that until then they had never listened at all.
David Whyte (Poet and Friend)
"O’Donohue has produced a treasury for readers of all faiths. A demanding, high-wire existentialist adventure that will inspire readers to re-evaluate their goals and ways of being in the world. O’Donohue ends each chapter with a lyrical blessing or prayer, and his book itself is a profound, healing prayer."- Publishers Weekly
John had a very Celtic lifelong fascination with what he called,’ the invisible world.’ His voice and writings continue to bring ancient mystical wisdom to modern confusions and longings.
Krista Tippett (Host, ‘On Being’)
John was an inspired pathfinder and remains a great guide for us all.
Davy Spillane (Close Friend, Irish Composer and Musician)
For a student of Hegel who had written his PhD in German, O'Donohue found it amusing that pop stars and presidents had his book at their bedside, that Hollywood directors and household name actors sought his counsel. It confirmed his view that there is an intersection between philosophy, poetry and theology which can host an audience increasingly exiled by what he called "the frightened functionaries of institutional religion." As an accomplished poet, he had the literary tools and dazzling vocabulary to speak a language that persuaded you he was right.
Martin Wroe (The Guardian)
John was an intellectual genius with a rare and profound mystical intuition, able to articulate, both in spoken and written form, like no other, the deepest intimations of the soul and geographies of the invisible.
Dr. Máire Áine Ní Mhainnín (Eckhart Society Review)
John was not only one of the most articulate voices of living Celtic Christianity and Celtic wisdom, but he also had a clear grasp of the beauty of Christian mysticism as well. He was a trained philosopher with a prodigious intellect. He was the only person I’ve ever met who could effortlessly and lyrically weave together allusions to Martin Heidegger, Meister Eckhart, and the Tuatha Dé Danann in a single sentence.
Carl McColman (Author)