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Christ in my Life.


The properties of a magnifying glass are amazing. It can ignite fires if focused on brush on a sunny day. If it is held over a printed page, it can cause words to leap out at the reader. Directed to the heavens through a telescope, it can bring the very stars so near that we might be fooled into thinking that we could touch them.

Maybe St. Paul was imagining along these lines when he prayed that Christ would be magnified in his body (Philippians 1:20). Christ made larger, Christ brought closer, and Christ ignited in every heart.

A question to carry into the day: How will Christ be made more accessible, more visible, and more apparent in all I do today?

Compiled by Deirdre Powell


Source: Living Faith, Daily Catholic Devotions (adapted).

Oct 29 - St Colman of Kilmacduagh (560-632)

Summary of St Colman, Bishop. Colman hailed from Kilmacduagh, County Clare in the seventh century. After studying in Aran, where he founded two churches on Inis Mhor, he returned to become a hermit near Kinvarra. Induced later to undertake the monastic life he made a foundation at Kilmacduagh. He is said to have been its first abbot and bishop and had a reputation for being a vegetarian and having a great love of birds and animals..

colman1Patrick Duffy tells the story.

Early life on Inishmore
Colman was born at Corker, Kiltartan, County Galway, the son of an Irish chieftain Duach. He studied with Saint Enda at his monastic settlement on Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands, and lived there as a hermit in prayer and fasting. He himself founded two churches there near Kilmurvey. He later moved to a cave in the Burren in County Clare, bordering south Galway and close to what is today the village of Kilmacduagh.

Foundation at Kilmacduagh
In 610, along with a relative, King Guaire Aidne Mac Colmáin (d. 663) of Connaught, he founded the monastery of Kilmacduagh, and governed it as abbot-bishop. Kilmacduagh was erected as a diocese at the Synod of Kells in 1152. In 1751 it was united with the diocese of Kilfenora and in 1883 both these smaller dioceses were integrated into the united diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora.

Lover of birds and animals
Like other monastics, Saint Colman was a lover birds and animals. He had a pet rooster who woke him for the night office, a pet mouse he trained to prevent him going to sleep again and a pet fly he trained to mark the place in the manuscript service book where the service left off.

The site at Kilmacduagh
Kilmacduagh CathedralToday at Kilmacduagh there are the remains of five churches, a leaning round tower 112 feet high that was restored in 1880, and the remains of an abbot's house. Saint Colman's abbatial crozier had been used through the centuries for the swearing of oaths. Although it was in the custodianship of the O'Heynes of Kiltartan (descendants of King Guaire) and their relatives, the O'Shaughnessys, it is now kept in the National Museum in Dublin.

The site of  Kilmacduagh at eventime

Liturgical Readings for: Thursday, 29th October, 2020

A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Ephesians         6:10-20
Rely on God's armour to hold your ground.

Christ crucifiedGrow strong in the Lord, with the strength of his power. Put God's armour on so as to be able to resist the devil's tactics. For it is not against human enemies that we have to struggle, but against the Sovereignties and the Powers who originate the darkness in this world, the spiritual army of evil in the heavens. That is why you must rely on God's armour, or you will not be able to put up any resistance when the worst happens, or have enough resources to hold your ground.

So stand your ground, with truth buckled round your waist, and integrity for a breastplate, wearing for shoes on your feet the eagerness to spread the gospel of peace and always carrying the shield of faith so that you can use it to put out the burning arrows of the evil one. And then you must accept salvation from God to be your helmet and receive the word of God from the Spirit to use as a sword.

Pray all the time, asking for what you need, praying in the Spirit on every possible occasion. Never get tired of staying awake to pray for all the saints; and pray for me to be given an opportunity to open my mouth and speak without fear and give out the mystery of the gospel of which I am an ambassador in chains; pray that in proclaiming it I may speak as boldly as I ought to.

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm       Ps 143: 1-2, 9
Response                           Blessed be the Lord, my rock.

1. Blessed be the Lord, my rock
who trains my arms for battle,
who prepares my hands for war.     Response

2. He is my love, my fortress;
he is my stronghold, my saviour,
my shield, my place of refuge.
He brings peoples under my rule.   Response

3. To you, O God, will I sing a new song;
I will play on the ten-stringed lute
to you who give kings, their victory,
who set David your servant free.    Response

Gospel  Acclamation          Ps 147: 12
Alleluia, alleluia!
O praise the Lord, Jerusalem! He sends out his word to the earth.
Alleluia !

Or                                                Lk 19: 38
Alleluia, alleluia!
Blessings on the King who comes in the name of the Lord!
Peace in heaven and glory in the highest heavens! .
Alleluia !


A reading from the Gospel according to Luke         13:31-35
It would not be right for a prophet to die outside Jerusalem.

Blessings 1Some Pharisees came up to Jesus. 'Go away' they said. 'Leave this place, because Herod means to kill you.' He replied, 'You may go and give that fox this message: Learn that today and tomorrow I cast out devils and on the third day attain my end. But for today and tomorrow and the next day I must go on, since it would not be right for a prophet to die outside Jerusalem.

'Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you that kill the prophets and stone those who are sent to you! How often have I longed to gather your children, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you refused! So be it! Your house will be left to you. Yes, I promise you, you shall not see me till the time comes when you say: Blessings on him who comes in the name of the Lord!

The Gospel of the Lord
Gospel Reflection     Thursday,                    Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time                Luke 13:31-35

Jesus seems to have been a keen observer of nature and of the animal world. He would have seen a hen in farmyards gathering her brood of chicks under her wings. That sight spoke to him of his own ministry. He too was in the business of gathering people. He wanted to form a new kind of community, consisting of people who would not normally gather together, Jew, Samaritan and Gentile, rich and poor, law abiding and sinner, male and female. In today’s gospel reading he laments the fact that the people of Jerusalem, for the most part, were not open to being gathered by him. He longed to gather them together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but they refused; they were not willing. Jesus had a great desire to be in communion with others, but if that desire was to come to pass, it needed to find some openness in others. Even Jesus could be powerless before the mystery of human freedom. He could call and invite and plead, but he could not coerce. Even as his desire for others was being met with murderous resistance, even as he hung from the cross, he continued to call and invite and plead; he continued his work of gathering. When he rose from the dead, that work of calling and inviting and gathering continued and continues to this day. The Lord does not and cannot cease his work of gathering people around himself. He continues to await our response; he continues to lament when it is not forthcoming and to rejoice when it is. In the first reading, Saint Paul tells us that there are spiritual forces at work trying to prevent us from responding to the Lord’s work of gathering us to himself. To resist such forces, Paul says, human strength is not enough. We need God’s strength, God’s armour, which is why, in the words of that reading, we need to pray in the Spirit on every possible occasion.


The scripture readings are taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and used with the permission of the publishers.  http://dltbooks.com/The Gospel reflection comes from WEEKDAY REFLECTIONS 2019-20: The Word of God is Living and Active by Martin Hogan and published by Messenger Publications  c/f www.messenger.ie/bookshop/




Liturgical Readings for: Thursday, 29th October, 2020

Sliocht as Litir Naomh Pól chuig Timóteas na hEifísigh              6:10-20
Gabhaigí cathéide Dé chugaibh go bhféadfaidh sibh an fód a sheasamh

Christ crucifiedA bhráithre, téigí i neart sa Tiarna le fuinneamh a chumhachta. Cuirigí iomaibh cathéide Dé chun bheith in ann seasamh in aghaidh chealga an diabhail. Mar ní le naimhde daonna atáimid i ngleic ach le tiarnais agus cumhachtaí agus rialtóirí domhain seo an dorchadais, le hainspridí na bhflaitheas. Gabhaigí cathéide Dé chugaibh, dá bhrí sin, i dtreo nuair a thiocfaidh lá an oilc, go bhféadfaidh sibh an fód a sheasamh, agus go mbeidh sibh fós in bhur seasamh tar éis daoibh an cath a bhaint ar an iomlán.

Seasaigí go daingean, dá bhrí sin, agus an fhírinne fáiscthe faoi bhur gcoim agaibh mar chrios, an fhíréantacht mar lúireach ar bhur n-ucht agus fonn leata dea-scéal na síochána mar bhróga ar bhur gcosa agaibh. Gabhaigí chugaibh i gcónaí an creideamh mar sciath lena bhféadfaidh sibh gach diúracán dearg de chuid an namhad mhallaithe a mhúchadh. Glacaigí an slánú mar chlogad agus briathar Dé mar chlaíomh ón Spiorad. Agus bígí ag guí le hurnaí agus le himpí gach uair faoi luí an Spioraid.

Fanaigí inbhur ndúiseacht chuige sin ag guí go buanseasmhach ar na naoimh uile. Agus guígí ormsa chomh maith, le hionchas, nuair a osclóidh mé mo bhéal, go dtabharfar dom labhairt go dána agus rún an dea-scéil a fhógairt – an dea-scéal a bhfuilimse i mo thoscaire air agus mé faoi ghlas féin; guígí go ndéanfaidh mé é a fhógairt chomh dána agus is cóir.

Briathar Dé.  

my rockSalm le Freagra        Sm 143
Freagra                        Moladh leis an Tiarna, mo charraig
1. Moladh leis an Tiarna, mo charraig,
a oileann mo lámha chun catha;
agus fós mo mhéara chun cogaidh.                Freagra

2. Is é siúd mo ghrá agus mo dhaingean;
is é mo dhún é agus m’fhuascailteoir;
mo sciath é ina gcuirim mo dhóchas;
cuireann sé ciníocha faoi mo smacht.           Freagra

3. Canfaidh mé amhrán nua duit, a Dhia;
seinnfidh mé ar chláirseach na ndeich dtéad duit.
Óir is tú a thugann an bua do ríthe;
agus a thug tarrtháil ar Dháiví, do ghiolla.  Freagra

Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Lúcás         13:31-35
Ní cuí go gcuirfí fáidh chun báis amuigh as Iarúsailéim.

San am sin tháinig cuid de na Fairisínigh chuig Íosa á rá leis: “Amach leat agus cuir díot as seo, óir is áil le Héaród tú a chur chun báis.”

Agus dúirt sé leo: Blessings 1“Imígí agus abraigí leis an sionnach úd: ‘Féach, bím ag caitheamh deamhan amach agus ag oibriú leigheas inniu agus amárach, agus ar an treas lá bíonn an deireadh agam. Agus ní foláir dom bheith ag imeacht romham inniu agus amárach agus amanathar, óir ní cuí go gcuirfí fáidh chun báis amuigh as Iarúsailéim.’

“A Iarúsailéim, a Iarúsailéim, tusa a mharaíonn na fáithe agus a chlochann iad seo a cuireadh chugat, cad é chomh minic is ab áil liom do chlann a bhailiú, ar nós na circe is a hál faoina sciatháin, agus níorbh áil libh! Féach, fágfar fúibh féin bhur dteach! Agus deirim libh, ní fheicfidh sibh mé níos mó go dtí go ndéarfaidh sibh: ‘Is beannaithe an té atá ag teacht in ainm an Tiarna!’

Soiscéal Dé

© An Sagart
Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 1st November, 2020

November 1st - Solemnity of All Saints

FIRST READING                 

A reading from the book of  the Apocalypse       7:2-4. 9-14
I saw a huge number, impossible to count, of people of every nation, race, tribe and language.

Jesus final comingI, John saw another angel rising where the sun rises, carrying the seal of the living God; he called in a powerful voice to the four angels whose duty was to devastate land and sea, 'Wait before you do any damage on land or at sea or to the trees, until we have put the seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.' Then I heard how many were sealed: a hundred and forty-four thousand, out of all the tribes of Israel.

After that I saw a huge number, impossible to count, of people from every nation, race, tribe and language; they were standing in front of the throne and in front of the Lamb, dressed in white robes and holding palms in their hands. They shouted aloud, 'Victory to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!' And all the angels who were standing in a circle round the throne, surrounding the elders and the four animals, prostrated themselves before the throne, and touched the ground with their foreheads, worshipping God with these words, 'Amen. Praise and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honour and power and strength to our God for ever and ever., Amen.'

One of the elders then spoke, and asked me, 'Do you know who these people are, dressed in white robes, and where they have come from?' I answered him, 'You can tell me, my lord.'  Then he said, 'These are the people who have been through the great persecution, and because they have washed their robes white again in the blood of the Lamb.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm       Ps 23
Response                            Such are the men who seek your face, O Lord

1.The Lord's is the earth and its fullness,
the world and all its peoples.
It is he who set it on the seas;God's mountain1
on the waters he made it firm.                     Response

2. Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord?
Who shall stand in his holy place?
The man with clean hands and pure heart,
who desires not worthless things.               Response

3. He shall receive blessings from the Lord
and reward from the God who saves him.
Such are the men who seek him,
seek the face of the God of Jacob.              Response


A reading from the first letter of  John       3:1-3
We shall see God as he really is.

Think of the love that the Father has lavished on us,
by letting us be called God's children;
and that is what we are.
Because the world refused to acknowledge him,
therefore it does not acknowledge us.
My dear people, we are already the children of God
but what we are to be in the future has not yet been revealed;
all we know is, that when it is revealed
we shall be like him because we shall see him as he really is.
Surely everyone who entertains this hope must purify himself,
must try to be as pure as Christ.

The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation          Mt 11: 28
Alleluia, Alleluia!
Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened,
and I will give you rest, says the Lord.


A reading from the holy Gospel according to  Matthew       5:1-12
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.

'How happy are the poor in spirit; theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Happy the gentle: they shall have the earth for their heritage.
Happy those who mourn: they shall be comforted.Church of the Beatituds, Sea of Galilee
Happy those who hunger and thirst for what is right: they shall be satisfied.
Happy the merciful: they shall have mercy shown them.
Happy the pure in heart: they shall see God.
Happy the peacemakers: they shall be called sons of God.
Happy those who are persecuted in the cause of right: theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
'Happy are you when people abuse you and persecute you and speak all kinds of calumny against you on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven; this is how they persecuted the prophets before you.'

The Gospel of the Lord.


Gospel Reflection    Nov 1       Feast of All Saints         Matthew 5:1-12

A lot of people do not like large gatherings. They find big crowds exhausting. Today’s feast, however, is precisely about crowds of people. The first reading expresses it well, ‘a huge number, impossible to count, of people from every nation, race, tribe and language’. Today is the feast not just of a few chosen saints, but of all saints. Today we honour all the saints, those who are formally canonised and those who are not.

If our vision of humanity is shaped exclusively by the media we might be tempted to think that there are a lot more villains out there than saints. It is reassuring to be reminded by today’s feast that there exists a huge number of saints, impossible to count. In the words of the letter to the Hebrews, we are surrounded by a ‘great cloud of witnesses’. None of us can live as the Lord wants us to live purely on our own. We need the good example of others to inspire us and to show us what is possible. Today’s feast declares that we are surrounded by such a cloud of witnesses, if only we could recognise them. Some of these people have already passed beyond us and are now ‘standing in front of the throne of the Lamb’, in the words of today’s first reading. Many of them, however, are our companions on the journey of life. They do not look at all like the statues in our churches. They are very ordinary, yet they are also very special. These are the people we are grateful to have met and to have around.

The feast of All Saints encourages us to believe that any one of us could be part of that huge number, impossible to count. In that sense, today’s feast is about every one of us. John, in today’s second reading, is speaking about all of us when he declares that ‘we are already the children of God’, and that, in the future, ‘we shall be like’ God. We are all destined for sainthood. God intends that all of us would be conformed to the image of God’s Son. For most of us, that will only come to pass fully beyond this life. Yet, because we are already sons and daughters of God through Baptism, we are called to grow now towards that wonderful transformation that awaits us. The road to sainthood begins here, wherever we happen to find ourselves. In today’s gospel reading, Jesus shows us what that road to sainthood looks like. In the Beatitudes, Jesus painted a portrait of himself, the living saint par excellence. He was also painting a portrait of the person that we are all called to become. The Beatitudes give us different facets of the person of Jesus, while at the same time showing us different ways in which we might reflect the person of Jesus.


The scripture readings are taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and used with the permission of the publishers.  http://dltbooks.com/The Gospel reflection comes from WEEKDAY REFLECTIONS 2019-20: The Word of God is Living and Active by Martin Hogan and published by Messenger Publications  c/f www.messenger.ie/bookshop/



Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 1st November, 2020

Sliocht as leabhar An Apacailipsis        7:2-4. 9-14
Chonaic mé mathshlua mór nárbh fhéidir d’aon duine a chomhaireamh as gach cine agus treibh agus pobal agus teanga

Jesus final comingAnsin chonaic mé aingeal eile ag gabháil suas ó éirí gréine agus séala le Dia beo aige, agus ghlaoigh sé in ard a ghutha ar na ceithre aingeal ar ar cuireadh de chúram dochar a dhéanamh do thalamh agus do mhuir, agus dúirt sé: “Ná déanaigí dochar do thalamh ná do mhuir ná do na crainn nó go gcuirfimid séala ar chláréadan sheirbhísigh Dé.” Agus chuala mé líon na ndaoine ar cuireadh an séala orthu, céad agus daichead a ceathair míle agus iad as gach treibh de chlann Iosrael.

Ina dhiaidh sin b’shiúd an mathshlua mór nárbh fhéidir le haon duine a chomhaireamh as gach cine agus treibh agus pobal agus teanga; bhí siad ina seasamh os comhair na ríchathaoireach agus os comhair an Uain, iad gléasta in éidí geala agus craobhacha pailme acu ina lámha. Agus bhí siad ag glaoch de ghlór ard: “Slánú dár nDia a shuíonn sa ríchathaoir agus don Uan!” Bhí na haingil go léir ina seasamh mórthimpeall na ríchathaoireach agus na seanóirí agus na gceithre dhúil, agus chaith siad iad féin ar a n-aghaidh os comhair na ríchathaoireach ag adhradh Dé á rá: “Amen. Beannacht agus glóir agus eagna agus buíochas agus onóir agus cumhacht agus neart dár nDia go deo deo. Amen.”

Ansin labhair duine de na seanóirí agus dúirt sé liom: “Iad seo atá gléasta in éidí geala, cé hiad féin agus cad as ar tháinig siad?” Dúirt mé mar fhreagra air: “A Thiarna liom, tá fhios agat.” Agus dúirt sé liom: “Is iadsan an dream atá gafa tríd an duainéis mhór; nigh siad agus gheal siad a n-éidí i bhfuil an Uain.

Briathar Dé.

Salm le Freagra            Sm 23
A leithéid siúd a bhíonn ar do thóir, a Thiarna.

I. Leis an Tiarna an chruinne agus a bhfuil inti;
an domhan go léir agus a maireann ann.
God's mountain1Is é fein a bhunaigh ar an aigéan é,
agus a dhaingnigh ar an bhfarraige íochtarach é. Freagra

2. Cé a rachaidh suas ar chnoc an Tiarna?
Cé a bheidh ina sheasamh ar a láthair naofa?
An té a bhfuil lámha gan smál agus croí glan aige,
an té ar beag air nithe gan tairbhe.                           Freagra

3. Beidh beannacht an Tiarna ar an té sin
agus luahh saothair ó Dhia a shlánaitheoir.
A leitheid siúd a bhíonn á lorg,
a bhíonn ar thóir Dhia Iácób.                                     Freagra


Sliocht as an céad Litir Naomh  Eoin       3:1-3
Feicimid Dia mar a tá sé.

A clann ionúin, breathnaígí cad é mar ghrá a thug an tAthair dúinn! go nglaofaí clann Dé orainn, agus is amhlaidh sinn. Sé an fáth nach n-aithníonn an saol sinne mar nár aithin sé eisean. chairde cléibh, is clann Dé cheana féin sinn, agus níor foilsíodh fós cé mar a bheimid; ach nuair a fhoilseofar é, is feasach sinn go mbeimid ina chosúlachtsan, mar go bhfeicfimid é mar atá sé. Agus gach duine a chothaíonn an dóchas diaga seo ann féin naomhaíonn é féin faoi mar atá seisean naofa.

Briathar Dé.

Alleluia Véarsa         Mth 11: 28  
Alleluia, alleluia!
Tagaigí chugam, sibhse uile a bhfuil saothar agus tromualach oraibh,
agus tabharfaidh mé faoiseamh daoibh                                                                                                                                           Alleluia!


 Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Matha         5:1-12
Bíodh áthas oraibh agus gairdeas, mar is mór é bhur dtuarastal ar neamh.
an am sin nuair a chonaic Íosa na sluaite, chuaigh sé an sliabh suas. Shuigh sé síos agus tháinig a dheisceabail chuige. Thosaigh sé ag caint leo á dteagasc agus dúirt:

“Is méanar dóibh seo atá bocht ó spiorad, óir is leo ríocht na bhflaitheas.
“Is méanar do lucht an dobróin, óir sólásófar iad.
“Is méanar dóibh seo atá ceansa, óir gheobhaidh siad an talamh mar oidhreacht.
“Is méanar dóibh seo a bhfuil ocras agus tart chun na fíréantachta orthu, óir sásófar iad.
“Is méanar do lucht na trócaire, óir déanfar trócaire orthu.
“Is méanar dóibh seo atá glan ó chroí, óir feicfidh siad Dia.
“Is méanar do lucht síochána a dhéanamh, óir glaofar clann Dé orthu.
“Is méanar dóibh seo a d’fhulaing géarleanúint mar gheall ar an bhfíréantacht, óir is
leo ríocht na bhflaitheas.
“Is méanar daoibh féin nuair a thabharfar aithis daoibh agus a ghéarleanfar sibh, agus nuair a chuirfear gach sórt drochrud in bhur leith go bréagach mar gheall ormsa. 'Bíodh áthas oraibh agus gairdeas, mar is mór é bhur dtuarastal ar neamh'.

Soiscéal Dé.

Machtnamh ar Bhriathar Dé 

Cé h’iad an dream glórmhar seo?

Cad atá ag feitheamh le dhaoine thar éis an saol domhanda seo againn, anseo agus anois. Aithníonn Naomh Pól é mar rúndiamhar nuair a deir sé "Ní fhaca aon súl, níor chuala aon chluas ná níor chuaigh sé isteach sa chroí daonna chun a shamhlú a bhfuil ullmhaithe ag Dia dóibh siúd a bhfuil grá acu leis." [1 Cor 2: 9]. Mar sin féin, cuireann na Scrioptúirí naofa saibhreas d'íomhánna dóchasacha chun tuiscint a thabhairt faoin cinniúint atá ullmhaithe thar an saol seo, dóibh siúd a bhfuil grá acu le Dia. Níl na naoimh ar neamh déanta as plástair, ach dream beó glórmhar de dhaoine macánta a chleachtaigh an grá san bheatha deo, and mar sin, chuaigh siad díreach ar ais go dtí tobair agus foinnse an grá, Dia na glóire. Chuaigh siad "ag máirseáil isteach" - sásta a bheith ag teacht i ngleic leis an Athair síorraí. Is laochra agus gnáth-dhaoine iad. Roinnt dóibh naoimh canóinithe a spreag an t-eaglais ar feadh na gcéadta bliain, agus an móchuid laochra gan clú, a chaith a mbeatha go ciúin de réir cháilíocht agus dhualgas, glan de chroí agus séimh sa spiorad.

Pádraig Ó Rúairí, cp, Sliabh Argus, Átha Cliath.

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