Here is an image of our Sacred Heart statue, which stands in the front hall to welcome all who come to the monastery.

The words of St John Henry Newman’s motto, chosen when he was made a Cardinal, come to mind: ‘Cor ad Cor Loquitur’ – ‘Heart to Heart let it be spoken’ – or, more simply, ‘Heart speaks unto heart’.

Pope Benedict XVI used these words as the theme of his visit to this country in 2010, when he beatified John Henry Cardinal Newman. Here are a few words from his homily on that occasion: ‘Cardinal Newman’s motto, Cor ad cor loquitur, or “Heart speaks unto heart”, gives us an insight into his understanding of the Christian life as a call to holiness, experienced as the profound desire of the human heart to enter into intimate communion with the Heart of God. He reminds us that faithfulness to prayer gradually transforms us into the divine likeness. As he wrote in one of his many fine sermons, “a habit of prayer, the practice of turning to God and the unseen world in every season, in every place, in every emergency – prayer, I say, has what may be called a natural effect in spiritualising and elevating the soul …’

Jesus Himself says to us: ‘Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light’.

May we know that truth, and live it. May our heart speak to His Heart, and hear His words to us, spoken in the depths of our souls. May God bless you on this beautiful day.