'We will never achieve true happiness if we continue to search for it outside the very source of love, which we know is God himself.'
In Calm the Soul: A Book of Simple Wisdom and Prayer, The Poor Clares, an enclosed order of nuns based in Nuns' Island, Galway, draw on the fruit of their monastic lives and suggest simple practices to help nourish our souls and find a sense of calm in today's world.
With practical advice in preparing for prayer, The Poor Clares look at ways we can slowly build up the amount of time spent in prayer and meditation in our daily lives, to achieve a sense of peace and well-being. They combine reflections on familiar prayers, such as the Our Father and Hail Mary, with meditations on Scripture, and prayers for specific needs such as depression, self-esteem and sickness.
An inspiring book of simple spirituality which offers faith and hope to anyone seeking solace in today's world.
The Poor Clares
The Poor Clares are enclosed contemplative community whose monastery is based in Nuns' Island, Galway. The Poor Clares take vows of Chastity, Poverty, Obedience and Enclosure and their day centres on the Eucharist. Prayer is the golden thread which permeates and sanctifies the activities of the entire day.
St Clare of Assisi is their foundress, the first female follower of St Francis of Assisi who, in an effort to embrace the true crucified Christ appealed to the Pope to the privilege of poverty. She was also the first woman in the church to write the Rule of Life for religious women. Her Form of Life which reflected the Franciscan ideal was approved two days before her death.