Father Sean Hyland was a husband, father and a successful businessman before a late vocation brought him to the priesthood. He entered a seminary at a time when religion appeared to be declining at an alarming rate, with the Catholic Church in crisis and with people too busy with “busyness” to think of God and the Divine. Sean heartily rejects assumptions that religion is disappearing in modern day life with his new book Whisperings of My Soul. He begins by reflecting on his earlier life as a husband and father of two children who were so cruelly taken in their early years. He tells of his heartache as he also lost his wife and soul mate whom he adored. Always deeply religious, no one would blame Sean for questioning the existence of God after his terrible personal losses. Yet, consumed with grief and at the lowest ebb in his life, Sean received wonderful consolations through his wife and children from God. As a result, his faith in God’s love and mercy was renewed and deepened, and he now has an unwavering belief that our loved ones are aware of our everyday events and watch over us.
The book has three distinct but complementary parts with Part One focusing on Sean’s personal story and his journey from husband and father to the priesthood. Parts two and three focus on what he believes to be overwhelming and undeniable evidence, including scientific evidence, which proves the existence of God and how He reveals Himself in our world. Father Sean asks some bold questions like “Can 5.8 billion people be wrong?” and “Is science proving the existence of God?” He also explores a number of miracles which despite modern investigations remain inexplicable to scientific and natural laws. He says these miracles remind us that nothing is impossible when it comes to God. About his book, Sean says: “When I reached the lowest ebb of my life, experiencing devastating loss and grief, I called out to God and discovered that He was there for me. I believe the various consolations of faith I have received have been sent to me as assurances of God’s love and mercy and that our loved ones are aware of our everyday events and are watching over us too. “It is my fervent hope in writing this book is that my words reach other troubled people who need the love and support of Jesus and his Blessed Mother. “I want people to know how close they are and how they will comfort anyone who asks for help.”