Tunes for a Monday Morning
Casting Spells

Blessing the dark and the light

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The books of Irish poet and philospher John O'Donohue (1956 - 2008) are ones I return to again and again -- especially Anam Cara, Beauty, Four Elements, and Benedictus.

The latter volume is a collection of "blessings" poised somewhere between poetry and prayer, steeped in the ancient Celtic mythic tradition that informs all of O'Donohue's work. The audio tracks posted here contain two poems from the book read by O'Donohue himself, recorded for an American radio program in the autumn of 2007.

"Blessing for a Friend on the Arrival of Illness," above, resonates deeply for me, for obvious reasons; and I send it out to any of you for whom it might be relevant as well.

"Beannacht," below, is a blessing for those difficult days that we all go through, sooner or later.

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