I am currently student of clinical psychology and sacred music in my final year at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. During my time here I have studied a great variety of subjects including but certainly not limited to: theology, philosophy, sacred music history, chant, liturgy, Latin, human embryology and anatomy, counseling (group and individual), and psycho-pathology. These studies have climaxed to an understanding of the human experience. Everything that we encounter both externally and internally are to lead us out of ourselves to our Creator.
Since the fall of mankind in Eden we have experienced a disconnect on four levels, a disconnect reaching unfathomable depths. We are disconnected from the creation of which we were made custodians. We are disconnected from each other for whom we are to be instruments of love. We are disconnected from ourselves in the conflict of our bodily desires and the desires of our will. And we are ultimately disconnected from God whom we have turned from in abusing His gift of free-will.
In seeking to remedy these disconnections and to form a more coherent world view leading me back to God, I have come to learn how vital the praise of God is in every action. In my discernment of how our Lord is calling me to be all I am meant to be, I have discerned a calling to join the Benedictine Monks of Perpetual Adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament at Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, Co. Meath, Ireland. In his address to the Abbey of Heiligenkreuz on 9 September 2007, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said the following:
Monks pray first and foremost not for any specific intention, but simply because God is worthy of being praised. “Confitemini Domino, quoniam bonus! – Praise the Lord, for he is good, for his mercy is eternal!”: so we are urged by a number of Psalms (e.g. Ps 106:1). Such prayer for its own sake, intended as pure divine service, is rightly called officium. It is “service” par excellence, the “sacred service” of monks. It is offered to the triune God who, above all else, is worthy “to receive glory, honour and power” (Rev 4:11), because he wondrously created the world and even more wondrously renewed it.
In seeking a life pleasing to the Father (Rom 12:1), I wish nothing more than a life of adoration and praise. Though many are called to this life of adoration are monastics, certainly most are not. Yet, within our very call as sons and daughters of God, we are called to be men and women of perpetual adoration by our every thought and deed. “For where thy treasure is, there is thy heart also” (Matt 6:21).
Like Holy Simeon the God-reciever, we ought to seek the face of God and desire only to behold Him in His glory. “My heart hath said to thee: My face hath sought thee: thy face, O Lord, will I still seek” (Psalm 26:8).
Please consider helping the monks of Silverstream Priory as our community is rapidly growing and the facilities are unable to accommodate the number of men desiring to enter.
Please consider in your generosity to help me in my final costs of traveling to Ireland and to pray for me as well.