Calm the Soul pottery

A family-run pottery business, Shannonbridge Pottery, taken by the beauty of the Calm the Soul design, have created, (with the enthusiastic support of the sisters), a lovely ‘Calm the Soul’ tea set which can be seen in the slider photo.  We wish our friends at Shannonbridge Pottery the very best in this venture. It will be available from  Shannonbridge pottery,( and from Galway Cathedral bookshop in the near future. This page will be updated as soon as it is available.  

Designed with input from the sisters and using our sister's original drawing, the mug also has a quote on it from the end of St. Matthew's Gospel: "I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS". This word of the Lord sums up the message contained in the 'Calm the Soul' book: God is near us and is for us. The idea of reading a book over a cup of coffee or sharing a cuppa with a friend very much evokes the idea of the warmth, closeness, love and friendship which is at the root of God's relationship with us and underpins the message of the book. The great Catholic social activist-and now candidate for sainthood- Dorothy Day understood this well when she said: “My strength returns to me with my cup of coffee and the reading of the Psalms.”

 We pray that all those who encounter this word of God 'I am with you always' in the ordinariness of having a cup of tea or coffee may experience tha Lord's presence with them in a powerful and real way.  






Clare... slipped away from her home and hurried through the woods to the chapel of the Portiuncula, where Francis was then living with his small community.   He and his brethren had been at prayers before the altar and met her at the door with lighted tapers in their hands.

Now about that incident I will here only say this.  If it had really been a romantic elopement and the girl had become a bride instead of a nun, practically the whole modern world would have made her a heroine...modern romanticism entirely encourages such defiance of parents when it is done in the name of romantic love.   For it knows that romantic love is a reality, but it does not know that divine love is a reality.

G. K. Chesterton