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.
The ancient spiritual tradition of the Church, explicitly connects the enclosed-contemplative life to the prayer of Jesus "on the mountain", or solitary place not accessible to all but only to those whom he calls to be with Him, apart from the others.
The enclosure therefore, even in its physical form, is a special way of being with the Lord, of sharing in Christ's emptying of Himself by means of a radical poverty, expressed in renunciation not only of things but also of space, of contacts, of so many benefits of creation.