The author says, Observing the loneliness and near despair of some priests and religious, I asked myself if celibacy has to be so cruel. Why should celibates be exempt from the call to love and to cultivate friendship? I was myself a workaholic and, late in life, realised that there was no one whom I really loved. I could not face judgement and say, Here I am , all alone. Ive never loved anyone.
Written in the form of letters to the Beloved, it takes its inspiration from Blessed Jordan of Saxony, the successor to St Dominic, who wrote most loving letters to his special friend, the Blessed Diana.
Gabriel M. Harty OP was born in 1921 and ordained a secular priest for the Archdiocese of Dublin in 1945. Apart from his many preaching assignments, he has researched his subject in libraries and archives throughout Europe. He is especially interested in the healing power of the Rosary, and has established prayer groups and communities in every part of Ireland.
He has produced hundreds of booklets, pamphlets and CDs on every aspect of the Rosary.
Fr Gabriel Harty, the 'Irish Rosary Priest' will be in Veritas, Abbey Street next Monday to give a short talk and blessing of rosary beads. All welcome!