St. Mary's AI, Glencairn

St. Mary's Abbey, Glencairn, Lismore, Co. Waterford, Ireland

Frequently Asked Questions

You must be very special people to live this life! If by that is meant that we are superhuman, either physically or spiritually, then - no, we're not. We are quite ordinary people, really! Monastic life is one way,among many ways, of living out our baptismal consecration, the basic Christian commitment. Each baptized person is called to a particular Christian lifestyle, and receives a particular grace from God to live in that way. Certainly, the ability to live monastic life is dependant on God's grace; but that grace is not given because of anything special which we are in ourselves, or anything we have done, it is simply a free and mysterious divine gift to whomever God chooses. As well as faith and a desire to seek God in solitude and silence, the human qualities needed for monastic life include an ability to live in community, flexibility, psychological balance, common sense, and a sense of humour!

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