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Bio:
From Galway, Ireland. I studied Science in University College Galway. My subjects were physics and mathematics. I joined the Franciscans in 1975. I was ordained in 1985. I have served as teacher, chaplain to hospitals, confessor.
I became friendly with Shaun Edwards of Rugby League fame. He became coach at London Wasps Rugby Union and I became part of the scene there. The highlight was winning the Heineken Cup in 2004. 
I am stationed in Athlone. I have become interested in using spirituality as a way of healing. This is the background to all of my books.
General Information:
I am interested in Rugby Union, football, quantum mechanics, relativity and the theories of cosmology.
 
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Clare of Assisi : A Living Flame of Love

By: John Desmond O'Brien

I used the image of Paul Simon's "Dangling Conversation". This expresses the way we so often fail to meet each other or God. Clare, by her openness, came to know God and in her spiritual friendship brought others into that space where they could find God and themselves. A new conversation was opened up between God and the broken.

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My One Friend is Darkness : A Lament for Those Who Weep

By: John Desmond O’Brien

A mother whose child was abused asked me to write this book so that people like her son would feel there are people who care.

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Love Rescue Me : The Healing Power of Love

By: John Desmond O'Brien

Andy Ripley was a dear friend of mine. He suggested to me that I write a book that one could meditate on, just taking a little bit or as much as one wanted. Andy had cancer at this time and he suggested such a book would be helpful to him and others. He meditated during his treatment on one of my other books. He suggested I write a book in this form for others who would feel the need of love and consolation.

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Therese and The Little Way of Love and Healing

By: John Desmond O'Brien

Jacqueline Corkish, who suffers much from mental affliction, said she found Therese an inspiring character. She asked me to write on Therese and explain something of her Little Way. This is how the book came about.

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Cry Me a River : Mary’s Tender Tears

By: John Desmond O’Brien

I visited the shrine of Our Lady of Syracuse in Sicily. It showed Mary’s compassion for the poor and the ill. I had friends who were suffering and I wrote the book for them so they would not feel alone. One of my friends was Eileen Dallaglio, who lost a daughter tragically. She found the book a great consolation. Tragically, she had cancer at the time and she passed away later in that year.

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