Silverstream Priory, County Meath: October 2012 Archives

When God Answers Prayers

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I took this photograph of a moss-covered stone crucifix while visiting the Hill of Slane for the first time last October with my friend, Father J. I had come across to Ireland to explore the possibility of settling here.

Now that our monastery is taking root in Ireland, it often happens that people ask me to explain the background of our move. Just this morning I came across this prayer of mine, written in March 2010, in the wake of the Holy Father's Letter to the Catholics of Ireland.

I had completely forgotten that, after reading, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, the Holy Father's letter, I was moved to intercede in my own way for the Church in Ireland, beloved of the Heart of Jesus, that has suffered so much in the past, and that has entered, in these days, into the abjection and humiliation of His Passion.

At the time there was no serious discussion of moving to Ireland, and I had no idea how things would unfold. It goes to show that God hears our prayers, that He takes them seriously, and that, often, His way of answering them surpasses by far what we could have thought or imagined.

Beloved Lord Jesus,
I adore Thee with all the love of my heart,
and I present to Thee Thy Church in Ireland,
asking Thee to illumine all the baptized of Ireland
with the radiance of Thy Eucharistic Face.

Once again, beloved Jesus,
make Ireland the isle of great saints
and of humble, faithful, heroic believers.
Give Thy Immaculate Mother
full sway over the people of Ireland,
beginning with Thy bishops and Thy priests.
Raise up in Ireland a new generation of consecrated women,
spouses of Thy Sacred Heart,
and mothers of the little, the poor, and of all who suffer.

Beloved Jesus,
hear the supplications of all the saints of Ireland,
and for their sake,
and for the sake of Thy Mother's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart,
heal Thy Church in Ireland,
pour out abundant graces on her faithful,
sanctify her bishops and priests,
and having gathered all together
in the embrace of Thy merciful love,
make Ireland shine in the eyes of the whole world
with faith, and hope, and charity.
Amen.

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Image: Dom Tarisse, Superior General of the Congregation of Saint-Maur


I have given Dom Benedict my blessing to pursue his study of the 17th century Monastic Breviary of the Benedictine Congregation of Saint Maur. The Maurist Breviary is a treasury of scriptural and patristic texts, artfully woven together so as to express luminously the mysteries of the feasts and seasons of the liturgical year. The Maurist Breviary is as suitable for lectio divina as it is for choral prayer. Dom Benedict will be sharing his discoveries, as time permits, on a new blog entitled, Pax Inter Spinas, A Modern Monk Discovers the Liturgical Riches of the Benedictine Congregation of Saint Maur (1621-1790). Do visit Pax Inter Spinas today.

Our Secret Is Out

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One Place the Celtic Tiger Missed

The Celtic Tiger never reached the kitchen of Silverstream. In fact, he never even touched it with a hair of his tail! As you can see, I don't think the kitchen at Silverstream has been improved since The War. In its present condition it would be condemned by the Health Authorities, were they invited to inspect it.

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Really, Really Bad

There are no surfaces for food preparation. The ceiling and walls are cracked, peeling, and full of damp. The floor is being lifted by humidity under the tiles. The cooker (stove) has an oven, the temperature of which cannot be adjusted. The few cabinets in the kitchen are damp, mouldy, smelly, and unusable. Dishes, utensils, and cooking vessels are stored on open shelves, subject to falling bits of the ceiling, dust, and God knows what else. The electrical wiring needs to be redone completely. The sinks and plumbing are in desperately sinister condition.

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Just Make It Healthy, Safe, and Functional

We haven't the financial means to make our kitchen healthy, safe, and functional. We can try to keep it clean. We are "making do" with what is there, but the reality is that it is very difficult to prepare meals in this environment. We are praying that someone will be moved to say, "God has been good to me. I will assume the cost of renovating the monks' kitchen at Silverstream Priory." God is not outdone in generosity.

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Priorities

I originally planned to put the book shop and priory church first, so that we would have (1) a remunerative work that would begin to give us some kind of fiscal security, (2) a worthy temple for the praise and adoration of the living God, and (3) the indispensable boundaries of our monastic enclosure in place. Alas, it has happened that people visiting the priory and seeing the kitchen are horrified by what they have discovered, and of the opinion that, for the sake of health and safety, the kitchen must be entirely renovated.

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Dom Benedict has updated our website with a fine slide presentation. You will find it here: http://cenacleosb.org/

The monastery website is an excellent resource for making Silverstream Priory known to your friends. It now includes a page giving road directions for those of you who would like call by in person.

The website also has a Vocations Page and other useful information.

Dom Benedict, professed last Saturday (29 September 2012) on the feast of Saint Michael the Archangel, warmly invites the readers of Vultus Christi to become acquainted with the monastery website and to make it known. Thank you, dear readers.

About Dom Mark

Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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