Your True Home


by John O’Donohue

One of my favourite teachers, John O’Donohue was an Irish priest, poet, philosopher who wrote a number of international bestsellers. These included Divine Beauty, Anam Cara, Eternal Echoes and Benedictus.

Each one of us is alone in the world.

It takes great courage to meet the full force of your aloneness. Most of the activity in society is subconsciously designed to quell the voice crying in the wilderness within you.

The mystic, Thomas a Kempis said that when you go out into the world, you return having lost some of yourself.

Until you learn to inhabit your aloneness the lonely distraction and noise of society will seduce you into false belonging, with which which you will only become empty and weary.

When you face your aloneness, something begins to happen. Gradually your sense of bleakness changes into a sense of true belonging.

This is a slow and open-ended transition but it is utterly vital in order to come into rythm with your own individuality . In a sense this is task of finding your true home within your life. It is not narcissistic, for as soon as you rest in the house of your own heart, doors and windows begin to open outwards to the world.”

Jordan Peterson visits Australia.


“Life is suffering.

Love is the desire to see unnecessary suffering ameliorated.

Truth is the handmaiden of love.

Dialogue is the pathway to truth.

Humility is recognition of personal insufficiency and the willing ness to learn.

To learn is to die voluntarily and be born again, in great ways and small.

So, speech must be untrammelled

so that dialogue can take place,

so that we can all humbly learn

so that truth can serve love

so that suffering can be ameliorated

so that we can all stumble forward to the Kingdom of God.”

Jordan Peterson, despite the often undeserved controversy that he is stooped in, is a unique figure in the currents of pop intellectualism. Peterson has an independent mind and does not utter political and cultural cliche’s associated with the right or the left. His amazing capacity to inspire and motivate those who have lost hope for the future is a force for good in the world.

I went to a Sydney event where Jordan was speaking, it was very moving to be in such a crowd, listening to a speaker so knowledgeable and inspiring.