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By John O'Donohue

Realize the Celtic Circle of Belonging
John O'Donohue, poet, thinker, and pupil, courses you thru the religious panorama of the Irish mind's eye. In Anam Cara, Gaelic for "soul friend," the traditional teachings, tales, and benefits of Celtic knowledge supply such profound insights at the common issues of friendship, solitude, love, and loss of life as:
<UL>* gentle is beneficiant
* The human center is rarely thoroughly born
* Love as historic recognition
* The physique is the angel of the soul
* Solitude is luminous
* good looks likes overlooked locations
* The passionate middle by no means a while
* To benatural is to be holy
* Silence is the sister of the divine
* demise as a call for participation to freedom</UL>

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