Psalm Of An ADVENT Ear

With prayerful pleas
   and Advent songs of longing,

I await the birth of God's Anointed One.


Come, O Gift of heaven's harmony,

and attune my third ear,

the ear of my heart,

so that I may hear,

just as Mary, faithful Woman of Israel, heard.


O God, the time is short,

these days are too few

as I prepare for the feast

of the birth of Mary's Son.

Busy days, crowded to the brim,

with long lists of gifts to buy

and things that must be done.


Show to me, also
   your highly favoured Child,

how to guard my heart,

from noise and hurry's whirl,

so that I might hear your voice,

calling my heart to create an empty space

that might be pregnant with heaven's fire.


Quiet me within,

clothe my body in peacefulness,

that your Word once again may take flesh -

this time, within me -

as once it did in Holy Mary,

long Advent days ago.





Sr Maria ...

Sisters from Carmel of the Immaculate Conception, Roebuck

Most people would probably be surprised at the variety in the daily rhythm of life of a Carmelite. Besides providing for both communal and solitary prayer, times are set aside for work, recreation, reading and study.

In the family atmosphere which prevails in our community, we share household duties and our Altar Bread work which is our main source of support. The poultry, gardens – vegetable and flowers, have to be cared for as well as our two dogs and Sally Ann, the donkey.

Our enclosed grounds in the southern suburbs of Dublin, provide us with pathways for walking or cycling. The cattle grazing on the land gives a truly rural athmosphere. Walking through our fields we can admire nature through the changing seasons.