Saturday, March 25, 2017


Before I left for Hawaii, i came across an amazing book: In Sinu Jesu: When Heart to Speaks to HeartIn 2007, Our Lord and Our Lady began to speak to the heart of a monk in the silence of adoration. Until last year (2016) he was prompted to write down what he received, and thus was born In Sinu Jesu, whose pages shine with an intense luminosity and heart-warming fervor that speaks directly to the inner and outer needs of our time with a unique power to console and challenge, not only priests and consecrated religious, but laity of our times. 

The author of this valuable work is never mentioned nor is there a clue as to whom he may be, except he is a Benedictine monk.  I had been reading the book on kindle but recently obtained several copies to give to our past chaplains. I then noted that the Imprimateur is done by the Bishop of  Meath, Ireland. 

Thanks to Google, I found these monks, which leads me to believe the author of this book resides in their monastery, especially since they are dedicated to adoration. In fact I am pretty sure it is their founder and present prior, who was born in Connecticut. 

A NEW BENEDICTINE MONASTERY home to eight BENEDICTINE monks from Tulsa, Oklahoma, has been set up in the diocese of Meath. The community came from Tulsa, USA, in 2012 and occupies the former residence of the Visitation Sisters in Stamullen, Meath. In February 2017, Bishop Michael Smith presided at the “canonical establishment of the new monastery at Silverstream Priory”.

Bishop Smith signed a Decree on 25 February “erecting the Benedictine Monks of Perpetual Adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar as a monastic institute of consecrated life in the diocese of Meath”.

This decree is believed to mark the first formal establishment of a monastic community in the diocese of Meath since the suppression of the monasteries  by Henry VIII in 1536.

Bishop Smith said, “The history of religious life has seen many developments over the centuries and I am delighted to recognize the unique presence of this new monastery in the Diocese of Meath.

Through their prayer, study and hospitality, the monks are ‘speaking to the heart’ and their quiet witness is a reminder that the Lord continues to provide the Church with new gifts and grace.”

Sometimes we dismiss the interior voice, thinking that because it is within, it must be our own. But the Lord who dwells within our hearts, hears us and speaks to us.  We have only to listen!

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