IAN is an accomplished and long-time composer, arranger, score editor and workshop leader. Much of his work is inspired by Ireland’s great musical tradition. This may explain why he was so taken by 'Calm the Soul' when we first brought it to his attention, and why he wrote the arrangement which has become the basis for the recording. He travelled to Galway during the summer to record us and our brother Franciscans singing the third verse of the song.
Over the past 10 years Ian has travelled throughout Ireland, Great Britain, Spain and the United States as a concert performer, workshop speaker, and retreat leader in the areas of liturgical music, liturgy and prayer. Without Ian’s expertise and enthusiasm, Calm the Soul would not have been possible.
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Are we not perhaps all afraid in some way? If we let Christ enter fully into our lives, if we open ourselves totally to him, are we not afraid that he might take something away from us? Are we not perhaps afraid to give up something significant, something unique, something that makes life so beautiful? Do we not then risk ending up diminished and deprived of our freedom? No! If we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful and great. No! Only in this friendship are the doors of life opened wide. Only in this friendship is the great potential of human existence truly revealed. Only in this friendship do we experience beauty and liberation. Do not be afraid of Christ! He takes nothing away, and he gives you everything.