A Bell rings three times on the hour to remind all of the Adoration going on in the Chapel. This encourages the faithful to join in spirit in adoring, praising and thanking God for this most wonderful gift of Jesus continually dwelling among us in the Blessed Sacrament.
Our prayer life as contemplative religious is more than ever needed in the Church in these dark days of trial. It is only faith in the Saviour who is Christ the Lord who can give new life and hope to the Church. Our struggle to grow in faith and love leads and sustains the whole Church in its painful pilgrimage of faith. (....Cf Cardinal Daly to contemplatives Christmas ‘94)
“God is near, God knows us,
God is waiting for us in the Blessed Sacrament,
Let us not leave Him waiting in vain.
Let us not pass by the greatest and
the most important gift life has to offer us.”
(Pope Benedict XVI)
In the Christian tradition a prominent place has always been given to contemplation as the highest expression of the spiritual life and the culminating moment in the process of prayer.
Contemplatives are people in love, who long to be alone with the One they love.
…..God is their very life.
Contemplatives stake their total existence on their faith in God’s love for them and for all peoples.
Contemplatives are needed to remind us of the awesome mystery of the living God.
Contemplative prayer can do more than any activity.
“Place your mind before the mirror of eternity.
Place your soul in the brilliance of glory.
Place your heart in the figure in the divine substance.”
Our special gift in Drumshanbo is the Adoration of the most Blessed Sacrament
It is our great joy delight and privilege to be called and officially set apart by our religious consecration to live a life centred around the Eucharist.
Jesus is truly in our midst! These hours before Jesus are our most precious moments!
While Adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament we are kneeling at the source of Divine Love. We try to be open vessels allowing His love to flow into us and then out to the ends of the earth.
In prayer we lift up to God the whole world, the Church, and all the many petitions of those who have asked or need our Prayers.
“Herein lies the novelty of the Gospel which changes the world without making noise”.
(Pope Benedict XV1)
Silence is the means to a life of deep prayer.
Contemplative prayer is nurtured and sustained by a life lived in silence, meditation and prayerful reading of the Scriptures (Lexio Divina)
Throughout the Monastery the spirit of silence pervades to foster the atmosphere of prayer. The stillness and quiet within the monastery is easily perceived by any one who visits or who prays in our Chapel.
In silence and stillness we adore Jesus.
We speak to him,
we listen to him
and in our reading of Sacred Scripture we let his Word shape our lives.
We become mirrors of Christ to one another
and a luminous light shining throughout the Church,
showing forth the Kingdom of God to the whole world.
Our silence is peaceful and filled with God but at the same time it is not rigid. It is a cheerful silence. When we need to speak we do so quietly and gently with love.