Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Patrick season: thinking about Celtic spirituality

Irishman John O’Donoghue was a thinker, philosopher, poet, and spiritual teacher who died in January while still in his early fifties. On of the last recorded interviews he did was with Krista Tippett. host of the American Public Radio program Speaking of Faith. It’s a wide ranging conversation, as Tippett’s interviews always are, covering topics such as the nature of God, the nature of beauty, what life is all about, what’s unique about Celtic spirituality, and also what it means to be in service to a calling. One of the examples they get into with the latter is music. You may hear the hour long radio program here.

One of O’Donoghue’s best known books is Anam Cara, which is Irish for soul friend. Life, death, and love through the places where Celtic mysticism and Christian understanding meet are the topics.

Music to go along with this:
Caroline Herring: Twilight Her music is of the American folk tradition rather than immediately Celtic, but she definitely knows how to write about spiritual questions, framed in the life of the American South

Cathie Ryan: The Music of What Happens If you’ve traveled along the Music Road before, you've likely met Ryan’s work. Here she offers songs about motherhood, faith, leaving, returning, and change, among other things.

The Music of What Happens

If you’re up for a up for a bit more contemplation and a few more music ideas. you may want to see this post.

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