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Thought for today Saint of the day Today's Readings Sunday's Readings
Thought for today


Temptation, which is a daily experience, covers a range of issues such as selfishness, lust, envy and greed and is the daily baggage of the pilgrim. Many people have abandoned the struggle of the Christian life because they tried and failed repeatedly to succeed.

It must be acknowledged that there is imperfection in all of us. The “spirituality of imperfection” is based in the lived acceptance of human powerlessness and human limitations. It is rooted in the path of self-knowledge and is lived on a daily basis. According to St. Teresa of Avila, “this path of self-knowledge must never be abandoned nor is there on this journey a soul so much a giant that it has no need to return often to the stage of an infant and a suckling…self-knowledge and the thought of one’s sins is the bread with which all palates must be fed no matter how delicate they may be” (The Book of Her Life).

But, remember, only God is perfect! Of course, the reality is that God loves imperfect beings, like you and me. He is not waiting for us to be perfect before he loves us.

Deirdre Powell

Source: by Fr. Martin Tierney (adapted).
Saint of the day

Feb 18 - St Colman (605-676)

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Colman was born probably in Connacht, West of Ireland, around 605 and became a monk on  Whitby.  Here he defended the Celtic ritual practices at the Synod of Whitby, but when the decision was that Roman practice would prevail for the sake of unity, he resigned and went first to Iona and then to Inishbofin, Co Galway.   He probably was among the group of monks that went with St Aidan to Lindisfarne in 635.   On the death of Aidan's successor, St Fionán, as abbot-bishop of Lindisfarne, Colman became its third abbot-bishop. Patrick Duffy tells his story.

Third abbot-bishop of Lindisfarne
The Venerable Bede gives a glowing account of the church of Lindisfarne under Saint Colman's rule. He points to the example of frugality and simplicity of living set by Colman and the complete devotion of his clergy to their proper business of imparting the Word of God and ministering to their people.

Synod of Whitby (663/4)
At this time the before mentioned differences between the Celtic and Roman ritual practices, especially about Easter and about the tonsure, were coming to a critical stage with Wilfrid, returned from the continent, now the articulate leader of the faction favouring the Roman method of calculating Easter. This had been introduced earlier by Paulinus and the second group of monks that came to Kent from Rome in 601. WhtbyAt the Synod of Whitby King Oswy of Northumbria ruled that his kingdom would calculate Easter and observe the monastic tonsure according to the customs of Rome, rather than according to the customs practised by Iona and its satellite institutions.

Resignation: return to Iona and Ireland
Colman resigned his abbacy-bishopric and retired, first to Iona and then to Inishbofin off the Connacht coast. All the Irish monks went with him and thirty of the English. But the two groups within the community disagreed, the English complaining that the Irish monks went wandering, preaching around the country and that all the harvest work was left to them. Colman then made a separate foundation for the English monks at what came to be called "Mayo of the Saxons". Its first abbot was an Englishman, St Gerald of Mayo, who lived till 732. See 13th March.

Death and memory
Colman died in comparative obscurity probably around 676. Bede praised the new Irish monastery of the Anglo-Saxon monks, especially the fact that the abbots of Mayo were elected, rather than following Celtic custom as a "hereditary" monastery, but studiously avoided reference to Colman and the Irish monks.
Today's Readings
Today's Scripture Themes
St Ambrose reminded the newly baptised of the water, the wood and the dove in the story of Noah. The water of Baptism saves us through the merits of Christ’s death on the wood of the Cross. The Holy Spirit breathed life into that water so that we might have fullness of life.


A reading from the book of Genesis              9:8-15
Here is the sign of the Covenant I make between myself and Noah.

Noah and rainbowGod spoke to Noah and his sons, 'See, I establish my Covenant with you, and with your descendants after you; also with every living creature to be found with you, birds, cattle and every wild beast with you: everything that came out of the ark, everything that lives on the earth. I establish my Covenant with you: no thing of flesh shall be swept away again by the waters of the flood. There shall be no flood to destroy the earth again.'

God said, 'Here is the sign of the Covenant I make between myself and you and every living creature with you for all generations: I set my bow in the clouds and it shall be a sign of the Covenant between me and the earth. When I gather the clouds over the earth and the bow appears in the clouds, I will recall the Covenant between myself and you and every living creature of every kind. And so the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all things of flesh.'

The Word of the Lord.


Responsorial Psalm         Ps 24
Response                             Your ways, Lord, are faithfulness and love for those who keep your covenant.

1. Lord, make me know your ways.
Lord, teach me your paths.
Make me walk in your truth, and teach me:
for you are God my saviour.                     Response

2. Remember your mercy, Lord,
and the love you have shown from of old.
In your love remember me,
because of your goodness, O Lord.         Response

3. The Lord is good and upright.
He shows the path to those who stray,
he guides the humble in the right path;
he teaches his way to the poor.               Response


A reading from the first letter of St Peter        3:18.22
That water is a type of the baptism which saves you now.

adult baptismChrist himself, innocent though he was, died once for sins, died for the guilty, to lead us to God. In the body he was put to death, in the spirit he was raised to life, and, in the spirit, he went to preach to the spirits in prison. Now it was long ago, when Noah was still building that ark which saved only a small group of eight people 'by water', and when God was still waiting patiently, that these spirits refused to believe.

That water is a type of the baptism which saves you now, and which is not the washing off of physical dirt but a pledge made to God from a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has entered heaven and is at God's right hand, now that he has made the angels of the Dominations and Powers his subjects.

The Word of the Lord.

Gospel acclamation            Mt 4:4
Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory!
Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.
Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory!



A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark      1:12-15
Jesus  was tempted by Satan and the angels looked after him.

The Spirit drove Jesus out into the wilderness and he remained there for forty days,Jesus and choice
and was tempted by Satan. He was with the wild beasts, and the angels looked after him.

After John had been arrested, Jesus went into Galilee.
There he proclaimed the Good News from God.
'The time has come' he said 'and the kingdom of God is close at hand.
Repent, and believe the Good News.'

The Gospel of the Lord.

Taken from THE JERUSALEM BIBLE, published and copyright 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House Inc, and used by permission of the publishers.

Sliocht as an leabhar Geinesis                         9:8-15
Conradh Dé le Naoi tar éis do é a shábháil on dile.

Noah and rainbowDúirt Dia le Naoi agus lena chlann mhac: “Féach, daingním mo Chonradh leatsa agus le do shíol i do dhiaidh; agus mar an gcéanna le gach uile dhúil bheo dá bhfuil faraibh, an éanlaith, an t-eallach, agus gach ainmhí allta atá faraibh, a dtáinig amach as an áirc, a bhfuil beo ar talamh. Daingním mo Chonradh libh; go deo arís ní scriosfar an uile fheoil le huiscí díleann, ná ní bheidh go deo arís díle ann chun an domhan a scrios.” Agus dúirt Dia: “Seo é comhartha an Chonartha a dhéanaim idir mé féin agus sibhse agus gach dúil bheo atá faraibh ar feadh na nglún go léir le teacht. Cuirim mo bhogha sna néalta i gcomhartha an Chonartha idir mise agus an talamh. Nuair a chruinneoidh mé na néalta os cionn na talún agus go bhfeicfear an bogha sna néalta, cuimhneoidh mé ar an gConradh atá idir mise agus sibhse, agus gach dúil bheo den uile fheoil; agus ní dhéanfaidh díle go deo arís de na huiscí chun an uile fheoil a scrios.

Briathar Dé.  

Salm le Freagra              Sm 24
Freagra                               Grá daingean agus dílse do rianta uile, a Thiarna,
                                                dóibh siúd a choimeádann do chonradh.

I. Taispeáin do shlite dom, a Thiarna,
agus teagasc dom do rianta.
Treoraigh mé i d'fhírinne agus teagasc mé,
óir is tusa, a Dhia, mo Slánaitheoir.       Freagra

2. Cuimhnigh ar do thrócaire, a Thiarna,
agus ar do bhuanghrá atá ann ó na cianta.
Do réir do bhuanghrá cuimhnigh orm,
as ucht do mhaitheasa, a Thiarna.         Freagra

3. Is maith is is díreach é an Tiarna.
Uime sin múineann sé an tslí do na peacaigh.
Díríonn sé an fear umhal san fhíréantacht;
múineann sé a shlí don fhear umhal.    Freagra


Sliocht as an céad litir ó Peadar            3:18-22
Ba réamhshamhail an t-uisce sin ar an mbaisteadh a shlánaíonn sibh anois.

adult baptismFuair Críost bás an t-aon uair amháin i ngeall ar pheacaí, an fíréan thar ceann na neamhfhíréan, d’fhonn sinn a thabhairt i láthair Dé. Básaíodh é sa cholainn, ach rinneadh beo é sa spiorad agus sa riocht sin chuaigh sé agus sheanmóir sé do na spioraid a bhí i gcarcair, iad siúd a bhí easumhal fadó nuair a bhí Dia ag feitheamh go foighneach leo le linn Naoi nuair a bhí an áirc á tógáil, an áirc a thug slán tríd an uisce an beagán slua, ochtar ar fad is é sin. An baisteadh atá ag freagairt dó sin, mar shamhail. Déanann sé sibhse a shlánú anois, agus ní mar ghlanadh salachair choirp é, ach mar impí chun Dé ar son coinsiasa ghlain trí aiséirí Íosa Críost. Chuaigh seisean suas ar neamh agus tá ar dheasláimh Dé agus aingil agus tiarnais agus cumhachtaí ag géilleadh dó.

Briathar Dé.  

 an tSoiscéil                            Mth 4: 4
Glóir duit, a Chríost: is tú Briathar De!
Ní ar arán amháin a mhairfidh an duine,
ach ar an uile fhocal a thagann as béal Dé.
Glóir duit, a Chríost: is tú Briathar De!


Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Marcas       1:12-15
losa á phromhadh ag Sátan, agus na haingil ag freastal air.

Chuir an Spiorad Íosa amach faoin bhfásach é agus bhí sé daichead lá san fhásach á phromhadh ag Sátan. Jesus and choiceAgus bhí sé in éineacht leis na beithígh allta; agus bhí na haingil ag freastal air.

Tar éis Eoin a bheith tugtha ar láimh, tháinig Íosa go dtí an Ghailíl ag fógairt soiscéal Dé agus ag rá: “Tá an tréimhse caite agus tá ríocht Dé in achmaireacht.
Déanaigí aithrí agus creidigí sa soiscéal.”

Soiscéal Dé.


© An Sagart

Machtnamh ar Bhriathar Dé dia An Chéad Domhnach den Charghas

Saor sinn ó’n gCathú
Is gné den saol nach féidir an cathú a sheachaint i bhfoirm amháin nó i gceann eile. Má dhéanaimid ár n-eispéireas laethúil a scrúdú go hionraic, is féidir linn a lán gnéithe den cathú a fháil amach: tá impulses nó tendencies a chuireann sin as an mbealach ceart chun rudaí mícheart a dhéanamh. Chun na fírinní sin a laghdiú, chun iad a dhéanamh inghlactha go sóisialta agus go polaitiúil, is é féin cathú an-bhaolach. Is mian linn a dhearbhú dúinn féin cad atá ceart agus mícheart, chun teorainneacha iompraíochta "inghlactha" a tharraingt dúinn féin, gan aon mhionsonraí maidir le toil Dé. Tá sé seo cosúil le Adam a éilíonn go n-itheadh sé ó’n crann a thug eolas maith agus olc. Tosaíonn ár fíor fhás d'aibíocht Chríostaí nuair a aithnímid agus go nglacann muid leis an ngairm atá ag streachailt i gcoinne na meastóireachta, chun an cineál iompraíochta agus dearcadh atá ag Íosa a bhaint amach dúinn féin.

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

Sunday's Readings
Scripture Themes
God sacrifices his own Son as part of the plan of salvation of the world. Calvary is a sign of God’s love for us. This story of Abraham’s sacrifice will be told again at the Easter Vigil as a preparation for Baptism.


A reading from the book of  Genesis     22:1-2.9-13.15-18
The sacrifice of Abraham, our father in faith.

od put Abraham to the test. 'Abraham, Abraham' he called. 'Here I am' he replied. 'Take your son,' God said 'your only child Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah. There you shall offer him as a burnt offering, on a mountain I will point out to you.'

When they arrived at the place God had pointed out to him, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood. Then he stretched out his hand and seized the knife to kill his son.

thesacrifice-of-isaacBut the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven. 'Abraham, Abraham' he said. 'I am here' he replied. 'Do not raise your hand against the boy' the angel said. 'Do not harm him, for now I know you fear God. You have not refused me your son, your only son.' Then looking up, Abraham saw a ram caught by its horns in a bush. Abraham took the ram and offered it as a burnt-offering in place of his son.

The angel of the Lord called Abraham a second time from heaven. 'I swear by my own self - it is the Lord who speaks - because you have done this, because you have not refused me your son, your only son, I will shower blessings on you, I will make your descendants as many as the stars of heaven and the grains of sand on the seashore. Your descendants shall gain possession of the gates of their enemies. All the nations of the earth shall bless themselves by your descendants, as a reward for your obedience.'

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm      Ps  115
Response                            I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living.

1. I trusted, even when I said:
'I am sorely afllicted.'
O precious in the eyes of the Lord
is the death of his faithful.          Response

2. Your servant, Lord, your servant am I;
you have loosened my bonds.
A thanksgiving sacrifice I make:
I will call on the Lord's name.    Response

3. My vows to the Lord I will fulfil
before all his people,
in the courts of the house of the Lord,
in your midst, O Jerusalem.       Response


A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans              8:31.34
God did not spare his own Son.

God'd love 2With God on our side who can be against us? Since God did not spare his own Son, but gave him up to benefit us all, we may be certain, after such a gift, that he will not refuse anything he can give. Could anyone accuse those that God has chosen? When God acquits, could anyone condemn? Could Christ Jesus? No! He not only died for us-he rose from the dead, and there at God's right hand he stands and pleads for us.

The Word of the Lord.

Gospel  Acclamation         Mt 17:5
Glory and praise to you, O Christ !
From the bright cloud the Father's voice was heard
'This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.'
Glory and praise to you, O Christ !


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark        9:2-10
This is my Son, the Beloved.

esus took with him Peter and James and John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone by themselves. There in This is my sontheir presence he was transfigured: his clothes became dazzlingly white, whiter than any earthly bleacher could make them. Elijah appeared to them with Moses; and they were talking with Jesus. Then Peter spoke to Jesus. 'Rabbi', he said it is wonderful for us to be here; so let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.' He did not know what to say; they were so frightened. And a cloud came, covering them in shadow; and there came a voice from the cloud, 'This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.' Then suddenly, when they looked round, they saw no one with them any more but only Jesus.

As they came down the mountain he warned them to tell no one what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. They observed the warning faithfully, though among themselves they discussed what 'rising from the dead' could mean.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Taken from THE JERUSALEM BIBLE, published and copyright 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House Inc, and used by permission of the publishers.

 Sliocht as an céad leabhar Genesis                     22:1-2. 9-13. 15-18
Íobairt Abráhám, ár n-athair sa chreideamh.

Tamall ina dhiaidh sin chuir Dia promhadh ar Abrahám: “A Abrahám, a Abrahám,” ar sé. “Anseo dom,” ar seisean.  “Tóg leat do mhac,” arsa Dia leis, “d’aonmhac Íosác ar a bhfuil do ghreann, agus imigh go tír Mhoiriá, agus déan é a íobairt ansiúd ina íobairt dhóite ar chnoc a thaispeánfaidh mé duit.”

Nuair a shroicheadar an áit a thaispeáin Dia dó, thóg Abrahám altóir ann agus chóirigh an t-adhmad uirthi. Chuir sé ceangal faoina mhac agus leag ar an altóir é, anuas ar an adhmad. Shín Abrahám a lámh amach, agus rug greim ar an scian chun a mhac a mharú.

thesacrifice-of-isaacAch ghlaoigh aingeal an Tiarna air ó neamh agus dúirt: “A Abrahám, a Abrahám.” Dúirt sé: “Anseo dom.” Dúirt sé: “Ná leag lámh ar do mhac, agus ná déan aon dochar dó; óir tá a fhios agam anois go bhfuil eagla Dé ort, mar níor dhiúltaigh tú do mhac, d’aonmhac, dom.” Ansin d’ardaigh Abrahám a shúile agus féach, laistiar de bhí reithe agus a adharca in achrann i dtor; thóg Abrahám an reithe agus d’ofráil é mar íobairt dhóite in áit a mhic.

Agus ghlaoigh aingeal an Tiarna ar Abrahám athuair ó neamh:  “Mhionnaigh mé dar mise féin – focail an Tiarna iad seo – ós rud é go ndearna tú an rud seo agus nár dhiúltaigh tú do mhac, d’aonmhac féin, dom, dáilfidh mé na frasa beannachtaí uaim anuas ort. Cuirfidh mé an rath ar do shíol ionas go mbeidh siad líonmhar mar réaltaí neimhe nó mar ghaineamh na trá; agus beidh seilbh ag do shliocht ar gheataí [cathrach] do naimhde. Beannóidh ciníocha uile an domhain iad féin dar do shliocht mar gur ghéill tú do mo ghlór.”

Briathar Dé.  

Salm le Freagra                    Sm 115
Freagra:                                    Siúlfaidh me i bhfianaise an Tiarna i ndúiche na mbeo.

1. Bhí muinín agam fiú nuair a dúirt mé:
'Táim do mo bhuaireamh go mór.'
Is luachmhar i bhfianaise an Tiarna
bás a chuid naomh.                               Freagra

2. A Thiarna, is mise do ghiolla;
scaoil tú mo chuibhreacha díom.
Ofrálfaidh mé duit íobairt an mholta,
gairfidh mé ar ainm an Tiarna.           Freagra

3. Comhlíonfaidh mé ar mhóidigh mé don Tiarna
i láthair a phobail go léir,
i gcúirteanna theach an Tiarna,
i do lár baill, a Iarúsailéim                   Freagra

DARA LÉACT         

Sliocht as litir N.Pól chuig na Rómhánaigh              8:31-34
Níor lig Dia uaidh a Mhac Féin.

God'd love 2A bhráithre, má tá Dia ar ár dtaobh, cé atá inár gcoinne? Nuair nár lig sé uaidh a mhac féin ach é a thabhairt suas ar mhaithe linne go léir, cén fáth nach mbronnfaidh sé gach grásta eile orainn ina theannta chomh maith?  Agus cé a dhéanfaidh lucht tofa Dé a chúisiú? Nuair atá Dia dár saoradh, cé a dhéanfaidh ár ndaoradh? An é Críost a dhéanfaidh é, an té a fuair bás agus a tógadh ó mhairbh, atá fós ar dheis Dé agus atá ag idirghuí ar ár son?

Briathar Dé.  

Comhgháir an tSoiscéil                          Mth 17:5

Glóir duit, a Chríost: is tú Briathar De!
Cloiseadh glór an Athar as an scamall solasmhar:
'Is é seo mo Mhac muirneach dár thug mé gnaoi: éistigí leis.'
Glóir duit, a Chríost: is tú Briathar De!


Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh  Marcas      9:2-10
Is é seo mo Mhac muirneach.

San am sin rug Íosa leis Peadar, Séamas agus Eoin, agus sheol sé suas iad sliabh ard ar leithligh. Agus tháinig claochlú air os comhair a This is my sonsúl, agus d’éirigh a chuid éadaigh dealrach, iad gléigeal thar cuimse, nach bhfuil úcaire ar domhan a dhéanfadh chomh geal iad. Agus chonacthas dóibh Maois mar aon le hÉilias agus iad ag comhrá leis. Agus labhair Peadar le hÍosa: “A Mháistir, “ ar sé, “is maith mar a tharla anseo sinn: déanaimis trí bothanna, ceann duit féin, ceann do Mhaois agus ceann d’Éilias” – mar ní raibh a fhios aige cad ba mhaith dó a rá óir tháinig uamhan orthu. Agus tháinig scamall ina scáil anuas orthu, agus an glór as an scamall: “Is é seo mo Mhac muirneach dár thug mé gnaoi: éistigí leis!” Agus go tobann, ar dhearcadh dóibh ina dtimpeall, ní fhaca siad duine ar bith níos mó ach Íosa in éineacht leo ina aonar.

Ar a slí anuas dóibh ón sliabh, chuir sé mar acht orthu gan a raibh feicthe acu a insint do dhuine ar bith nó go mbeadh Mac an Duine éirithe ó mhairbh. Agus choinnigh siad an scéal chucu féin ach go mbídís ag fiafraí dá chéile cad ba chiall leis an éirí úd ó mhairbh.

Soiscéal Dé.

Machtnamh ar Bhriathar Dé dia Dara Domhnach den Charghas

Is iontach linn a bheith anseo

Tógann Íosa Peter, Seamus agus Eoin árd ar an tsléibh Tabor, agus tugann sé taithí iontach leó a thugann a n-anáil amach. Bhí sé mar thaithí chomh luachmhar nach bhféadfadh Peter é a ligeant as a mheabhair, coíche. Bhí sé ag iarraidh é a éascú ar feadh tréimhse éiginnte agus mar sin deir sé le Íosa, 'Rabbi. . . lig dúinn trí phubaill a dhéanamh, ceann ar do shon, ceann do Mhaois agus ceann do Elijah '. Bhí léargas mór aige ar an áilleacht neamhaí Chríost sé féin agus an dá dheisceabail eile, agus ní raibh sé ag iarraidh ligean dó. Meallann an áilleacht an tsúil agus an croí; glaonna sé chugainn. Ach, ní mór do Peter agus do na daoine eile an taithí luachmhar seo a ligean; ní raibh sé i gceist ach a bheith i láthair na huaire. Gheobhaidh siad é ar ais sa chéad uair eile mar bhronntanas. Ar a shon sin, bhí an tasc acu éisteacht le Íosa, 'Is é seo mo Mhac beloved. Éist leis '. Is é sin ár tasc freisin. Caitheamar ár saol ag éisteacht leis an Tiarna mar a labhraíonn sé linn ina fhocal agus i gcúinsí ár saol; éisteacht leis mar ullmhúchán don mhéid iontach sin nuair a fheiceann muid aghaidh le duine i gcónaí agus is féidir linn a rá go deireanach, 'tá sé iontach a bheith anseo.'

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