The contribution of the friars to the recording of 'Calm the Soul' gave it a truly international dimension. Br’s Adrian and Theodore come from the Canadian province, Br Benedetto from the Dutch province and Br Ian from our own Irish province. Br Antony OFM comes from England and Br David OFM, the guardian of the local Galway fraternity is from Cork, which of course gave it a truly international feel, and Br Joel, who hails from Sweden, was at hand to give feedback and encouragement when the energy of the group began to flag!
We sisters had great fun teaching the song to the friars and doing this recording with them. They were very compliant! It was an occasion to thank God once again for the gift of our Franciscan family spirit and the joy that flows from it.
I pray that I may know You and love You
So as eternally to rejoice in You.
And if, in the present life, I cannot do so fully,
Grant that my love and knowledge may at least grow on earth
That my joy may be fully in Heaven:
A joy expected here and there fulfilled.
O Lord our Father,
You counselled or rather commanded through Your Son,
That we ask for this fullness of joy, and You promised to grant it.
I ask of You, O Lord, that which, through Your Wonder-Counsellor,
You encouraged us to ask and promised to grant:
That our joy may be full!
Let my mind meditate on this joy, my tongue speak of it,
My heart desire it, my words extol it,
My soul hunger for it, my flesh thirst for it,
My whole substance yearn for it,
Until I enter into the joy of my God
Who is Triune and One,