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Poor Clares launch new edition of their best-selling book!

Published on 13/11/2023

The Poor Clares Galway community have just published an updated 10th anniversary edition of their best-selling book, Calm the Soul.

“In the ten years since the original edition was published we have received many letters and feedback from people who found the book very helpful. In view of all that has happened on a global level during that time we believe that there is definitely an appetite for this revised and updated edition, and we believe that it will resonate with many people, both young and old, and help them navigate through difficult times”, said Mother Abbess Sr Colette.

The new material in the book includes reflections and prayers for those coping with anxiety as well as prayers for young people and for those challenged by aging, family conflict, bullying, Internet use and fear of missing out. A new section on accompanying the sick and dying is also among the topics treated in the book.

Drawing on their experience of the issues people are approaching them to pray for, the sisters decided to use the opportunity of a tenth anniversary edition to include these new prayers and reflections that speak to the times that we are living through.

“Often, the values we encounter in the digital world are a challenge to the Christian understanding of our inherent dignity and value as human beings. We believe that connecting with God through prayer is vital to counteracting the forces that rob us of our sense of worth”, Sr Colette continued.

“Our intention with this updated edition of Calm the Soul is the same as the original, namely to support those who wish to nourish their relationship with God or indeed reconnect with God through prayer. This relationship enhances our humanity and equips us with the confidence and conviction that we have something to offer our fellow human beings and that we can help to make the world a better place.”

The book is published by Hachette Ireland in hardback and is available in bookstores. For more information see