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Date: 30th November 2019
Location: Missionaries of the Sacred Heart Church, Cork

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On a Winter Morning

I took a walk this morning,

I had to go and see,

The world of white that Winter’s hands,

Had fashioned just for me.

 

Alone beneath the somber skies,

I felt the silent spell,

And I beheld a fairyland,

As feathered snowflakes fell.

 

Across a little wooden bridge,

My footprints in the snow,

Left little tracks which clearly told

Which way I meant to go.

 

With eyes alight and cheeks aflame,

I climbed the nearest hill,

And on the threshold of such joy

My heart grew hushed and still.

 

The glistening white cathedral,

Of the forest towered high,

And I, a humble worshipper,

Sensed God was passing by!

 

I do not know what happened,

But I am not the same

And I went home a better soul

…Than when I came!

 

Author: Grace E. Easley.

 

 

 

Dec 12 - St Finnian (d. 539) abbot of Clonard

Summary: St Finnian, Bishop. Finnian studied in Idrone (County Carlow) and later in Wales, and on his return to Ireland he settled in Clonard, County Meath, around 520, where he established a famous school. His pupils were the initiators of the indigenous monastic expansion in Ireland. H is remembered as the tutor of the saints of Ireland. He died in 549  

Finian 2Finnian of Clonard (Cluain Iráird) is called "the tutor of the Irish saints"; Colmcille of Iona and Ciarán of Clonmacnois were among his students at his monastery in Clonard, Co Meath. The image shows St. Finnian and his pupils in a stain glass window at the Church of St. Finian in Clonard. Clonard became a highly influential monastic centre until the diocesan structure was set up in the 12th century. Patrick Duffy tells his story.

Early life

Finnian was born in the latter part of the fifth century at Myshal in County Carlow, on the slopes of Mount Leinster. His father was Rudraigh, an Ulsterman of noble lineage. His mother was a Leinster woman called Telach. Finnian was educated first locally by Bishop Fortchernn. He soon travelled to monasteries in south Wales and may also have been at Tours in France.

Monastic formation in France and WalesFinian

The monastery at Tours is noted for its austerity, for its sacrifice of physical comfort for spiritual gain. Finnian here is said to have befriended and studied under an elder called Caemen. In Wales he was in contact with the early British saints - Cadog at Llancarfan in Glamorganshire, David and Gildas.

Return to Ireland
Although he may have intended to go to Rome, Finnian returned instead to Ireland, first to Aghowle near Shillelagh in County Wicklow, where King Oengus of Leinster gave him a site to build a church. From here he went north to Dunmanogue on the river Barrow, in County Kildare, and established another church. From here, he went to the town of Kildare, studying and teaching at St Brigid's monastery. Finnian was held in high regard by Brigid, who presented him with a gold ring on his departure.

 working monkClonard
Finally, around the year 520 Finnian arrived at Clonard, "Erard's Meadow", between the kingdoms of Meath and Leinster. Here he got a large tract of land to set up his own ascetic community, where there were up to 3,000 monks. These included the so-called "twelve apostles of Ireland", who are variously listed. Normally however they include: St Brendan of Birr, St Brendan of Clonfert, St Canice, St Ciarán of Clonmacnoise, St Ciarán of Saighir, St Colmán of Terryglass, St Colmcille of Iona, St Mobhí of Glasnevin, St Molaise of Devenish and St Ruan of Lorrha. Finnian himself had a great reputation for his knowledge of the Scriptures and Clonard became a centre of Biblical studies. Clonard Monastery, Belfast preserves the name of Finian’s Foundation today”(C/f Picture left)

The Penitential of Finnian
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 The Penitential of Finnian prescribes penances for sins with a view to correcting sinful tendencies and cultivating the contrary virtue. The document shows wide learning and draws on the teaching of St John Cassian on overcoming the eight evil tendencies - gluttony, fornication, covetousness, anger, dejection, vainglory accidie(laziness),    and  pride.     (The Institutes, Books 5-12).

Death and influence of Clonard
Finnian is said to have died in the great plague of 549-550. Many churches in Leinster and some in north Connaught were associated with his cult. By the early 10th century Clonard had blossomed into a large town with a round tower, a high cross and a new stone church. With the 12th century reform of the Irish Church that began with the Synod of Cashel in 1101 it became the centre of the diocese of East Meath.

Today in Clonard
clonard mon
 Today the site of the former monastic centre is located in the grounds of the Church of Ireland at Clonard. Recently the local Catholic Church of St Finian at Clonard has been renovated with suggestive artistic reminiscences of St Finian and the Twelve Apostles of Ireland.
Liturgical Readings for: Thursday, 12th December, 2019
FIRST READING            

A reading from the prophet Isaiah     41:13-21
I, the Holy One of Israel, am your redeemer.

For I, the Lord, your God,
I am holding you by the right hand;
I tell you, 'Do not be afraid,
I will help you'

Do not be afraid, Jacob, poor worm,
Israel, puny mite. I will help you –
it is the Lord who speaks –
the Holy One of Israel is your redeemer.

See, I turn you into a threshing-sled,
new, with doubled teeth;
you shall thresh and crush the mountains,
and turn the hills to chaff.

You shall winnow them and the wind will blow them away,
the gale will scatter them.
But you yourself will rejoice in the Lord,
and glory in the Holy One of Israel.

The poor and needy ask for water, and there is none,in God's hands
their tongue is parched with thirst.
I, the Lord, will answer them,
I, the God of Israel, will not abandon them.

I will make rivers well up on barren heights,
and fountains in the midst of valleys;
turn the wilderness into a lake,
and dry ground into waterspring.

In the wilderness I will put cedar trees,
acacias, myrtles, olives.
In the desert I will plant juniper,
plane tree and cypress side by side;

so that men may see and know,
may all observe and understand
that the hand of the Lord has done this,
that the Holy One of Israel has created it.

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm          Ps 144 
Response                                The Lord is kind and full of compassion, slow to anger, abounding in love.

I will give you glory, O God my King,
I will bless your name for ever.
How good is the Lord to all,
compassionate to all his creatures.                ResponseThanks god

2. All your creatures shall thank you, O Lord,
and your friends shall repeat their blessing.
They shall speak of the glory of your reign
and declare your might, O God,
to make known to men your mighty deeds
and the glorious splendour of your reign.    Response

3. Yours is an everlasting kingdom;
your rule lasts from age to age.                       Response

Gospel  Acclamation                   Is 45:8:8
Alleluia, alleluia!
Come to us, Lord, with your peace
that we may rejoice in your presence with sincerity of heart.
Alleluia!

or
Alleluia, alleluia!
Send victory like a dew, you heavens,
and let the clouds rain it down.
Let the earth open and bring forth the saviour.
Alleluia!

GOSPEL

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew       11:11-15
A greater than John the Baptist has never been seen.

john_baptistJesus spoke to the crowds:
'I tell you solemnly, of all the children born of women,
a greater than John the Baptist has never been seen;
yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he is.
Since John the Baptist came, up to this present time, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence
and the violent are taking it by storm.
Because it was towards John that all the prophecies of the prophets and of the Law were leading;
and he, if you will believe me, is the Elijah who was to return.
If anyone has ears to hear, let him listen!


The Gospel of the Lord.

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Gospel Reflection       Thursday,         Second Week of Advent          Matthew 11:11-15

In today’s gospel reading, Jesus has high praise for John the Baptist. He is greater than all the children born of women. Yet, for all his greatness, John the Baptist pointed to someone greater than himself, Jesus. He did not live to witness Jesus’ death and resurrection, and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost which flowed from those events. He knew nothing of the Church, what Paul calls the body of Christ. That is why Jesus says of him that the least in the kingdom of heaven, which Jesus proclaimed and inaugurated, is greater than John. We have all been more privileged than John the Baptist. What John pointed towards we look back on and, indeed, experience in the here and now. In and through the Eucharist, the death and resurrection of Jesus are present to us sacramentally. The Spirit of God’s Son has been poured into our hearts through baptism and confirmation. We possess the written Gospels, the letters of Saint Paul and the other documents that make up the New Testament, all of which we venerate as the living word of the Lord and none of which John the Baptist knew. We have indeed been greatly blessed. As Jesus says to his disciples at one point in the Gospels, ‘Blessed are the eyes that see what you see!’. It is a beatitude that embraces us all. Having been so greatly graced, we are called to appreciate and value the graces we have received and to allow those graces to shape us and make us graceful and grateful people, so that our lives may bless others as we have been blessed.
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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 2019-2o: The Word of God is Living and Active by Martin Hogan.  Published by The Messenger c/f www.messenger.ie/bookshop/

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Liturgical Readings for: Thursday, 12th December, 2019
CÉAD LÉACHT

Sliocht as an fáidh Íseáia            41:13-20
Is mé Neach Naofa Iosrael d’fhuascailteoi.

Mise, an Tiarna, do Dhia,
tá greim agam ar do láimh dheas;
deirim leat: “Ná bíodh eagla ort,
táimse ag teacht i gcabhair ort.”

Ná bíodh eagla ort, a Iacóib, a chnumhóigín,
a fhrídín, a Iosrael.
Táimse ag teacht i gcabhair ort – briathar an Tiarna –
is é Neach Naofa Iosrael d’fhuascailteoir.

Seo, tá mé chun cliath buailte a dhéanamh díot,
é úrnua agus dhá chíor fiacal ann.
Buailfidh tú agus meilfidh tú na sléibhte,
déanfaidh tú lóchán mín de na cnoic.

Cáithfidh tú iad agus tabharfaidh an ghaoth ar shiúl iad,
cuirfidh an stoirm scaipeadh orthu.
Maidir leat féin, beidh lúcháir ort sa Tiarna,
beidh tú ag déanamh mórtais as Neach Naofa Iosrael.

Tá na dearóile agus na bochtáin ag lorg uisce, agus níl sé ann.in God's hands
Tá an teanga spallta iontu le tart.
Ach mise, an Tiarna, tabharfaidh mé éisteacht dóibh,
mise, Dia Iosrael, ní thréigfidh mé iad.

Ar na dumhcha osclóidh mé aibhneacha
agus fuaráin uisce i lár na ngleannta.
Déanfaidh mé lochán den ghaineamhlach
agus toibreacha den talamh tirim.

San fhásach cuirfidh mé crainn chéadrais,
crainn acáise agus crainn mhiortail agus crainn olóige.
Sa díthreabh cuirfidh mé an t-aiteal,
crann plána agus cufróg le hais a chéile.

Chun go bhfeice daoine agus go n-aithní siad,
chun go meabhraí siad agus go dtuige siad le chéile
gurb í lámh an Tiarna a rinne an méid sin,
gurb é Neach Naofa Iosrael a chuir i gcrích.

Briathar Dé.  

Salm le Freagra            Sm 144
Freagra                           Is ceansa trócaireach é an Tiarna, mall chun feirge agus lán de chineáltas.

1. Tabharíaidh mé glóir duit, a Dhia liom, is a Rí;
beannóidh mé d'ainm de shíor.
Is maith é an Tiarna don uile ní,
is is trócaireach é dá oibreacha uile.                 Freagra

2. Ceiliúrfaidh d'oibreacha thú, a Thiarna,Thanks god
agus beannóidh do dhaoine naofa thú.
Canfaidh siad glóir do ríochta,
agus foilseoidh siad do chumhacht
chun do chumhacht a nochtadh don chine daonna
agus glóir do riochta maorga.                           Freagra

3. Ríocht shíoraí do ríochtsa,
is maireann do cheannas ó ghlúin go glúin. Freagra

Alleluia                  Lc 3:4, 6
Alleluia, alleluia!
A spéartha, fearaigí anuas fíréantacht mar bheadh drúcht ann,
ligeadh na néalta anuas í ina báisteach!
Osclaíodh an talamh lena gabháil
agus tagadh an slánú aníos ina gheamhar!
Alleluia!

SOISCÉAL                             

 Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Matha                  11:11-15
Níor éirigh ar shliocht na mban duine ba mhó ná Eoin Baiste.

Deirim libh go fírinneach,john_baptist
níor éirigh ar shliocht na mban duine ba mhó ná Eoin Baiste;
ach an té is lú i ríocht na bhflaitheas, is mó é ná eisean.
Ó laethanta Eoin Baiste go dtí anois tá foréigean á dhéanamh
ar ríocht na bhflaitheas agus fuadaíonn lucht an fhoréiginleo í.
Óir, na fáithe uile, agus an dlí freisin, thug siad a dtairngreacht chomh fada le
hEoin, agus mura miste libh mé a chreidiúint ann,
is é an tÉilias a bhí le teacht é.

An té a bhfuil cluasa air, éisteadh sé!

Soiscéal Dé.



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Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 15th December, 2019

- 15 Dec. 2019-

3rd Sunday of Advent - Gaudete Sunday


The joy of the kingdom is anticipated. The signs of the kingdom already come are given to the messengers of John the Baptist, and they are familiar with the prophecy of Isaiah. Patient waiting for the fulfilment is our Christian duty. There should be no complaining, no giving up or losing heart. Joy, prayer and thanksgiving should characterise the Christian community.


FIRST READING 

A reading from the book of the Prophet Isaiah       35:1-6. 10
God himself is coming to save you.


Let the wilderness and the dry-lands exult,
let the wasteland rejoice and bloom,
let it bring forth flowers like the jonquil,
let it rejoice and sing for joy.

The glory of Lebanon is bestowed on it,
the splendour of Carmel and Sharon;
they shall see the glory of the Lord,
the splendour of our God.

Strengthen all weary hands, God is coming
steady all trembling knees
and say to all faint hearts,
 'Courage! Do not be afraid.

'Look, your God is coming,
vengeance is coming,
the retribution of God;
he is coming to save you.'

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
the ears of the deaf unsealed,
then the lame shall leap like a deer
and the tongues of the dumb sing for joy;
for those Yahweh has ransomed shall return.

They will come to Zion shouting for joy,
everlasting joy on their faces;
joy and gladness will go with them
and sorrow and lament be ended.

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm         Ps 145
Response                             Come, Lord, and save us
or                                            Alleluia

1. It is the Lord who keeps faith for ever,
    who is just to those who are oppressed.
    It is he who gives bread to the hungry,
    the Lord, who sets prisoners free.          Response


2. It is the Lord who gives sight to the blind,
    who raises up those who are bowed down,
    the Lord, who protects the stranger
    and upholds the widow and orphan.      Response


3. It is the Lord who loves the just
    but thwarts the path of the wicked.
    The Lord will reign for ever,
    Zion's God, from age to age.                    Response


 

SECOND READING

A reading from the letter of St James         5:7-10
Do not lose heart for the Lord’s coming will be soon.

waiting-the-harvest Now be patient, brothers, until the Lord's coming. Think of a farmer: how patiently he waits for the precious fruit of the ground until it has had the autumn rains and the spring rains! You too have to be patient; do not lose heart, because the Lord's coming will be soon. Do not make complaints against one another, brothers, so as not to be brought to judgement yourselves; the Judge is already to be seen waiting at the gates. For your example, brothers, in submitting with patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.

The Word of the Lord

Gospel  Acclamation          Is 61:1
Alleluia, alleluia!
The Spirit of the Lord has been given to me.
He has sent me to bring good news to the poor
Alleluia!

GOSPEL 

A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew         11:2-11
Are you the one who is to come, or have we got to wait for someone else?

John in JailJohn in his prison had heard what Christ was doing and he sent his disciples to ask him, 'Are you the one who is to come, or have we got to wait for someone else?' Jesus answered, 'Go back and tell John what you hear and see; the blind see again, and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised to life and the Good and happy is the man who does not lose faith in me'.

As the messengers were leaving, Jesus began to talk to the people about John: 'What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swaying in the breeze? No? Then what did you go out to see? A man wearing fine clothes? Oh no, those who wear fine clothes are to be found in palaces. Then what did you go out for? To see a prophet? Yes, I tell you, and much more than a prophet: he is the one of whom scripture says: Look, I am going to send my messenger before you; he will prepare your way before you.

'I tell you solemnly, of all the children born of women, a greater than John the Baptist has never been seen; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he is.’

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.  http  //dltbooks.com/
Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 15th December, 2019

-15 - 12- 2019-


AN TRÍÚ DOMNACH DEN AIDBHINT


CÉAD LÉACHT

Sliocht as Leabhar Íseáia, Fáidh          35:1-6. 10
Is é Dia féin atá ag teacht do bhur slánú.

Déanadh an díthreabh agus tír an triomaigh lúcháir,
bíodh gairdeas ar an ngaineamhlach agus é faoi bhláth;
tagadh bláthanna air chomh tiubh leis an gcróch,
déanadh sé gairdeas le gártha agus le ceol.


Maise na Liobáine tugtar dó,
scéimh Chairmell agus Sheárón lena chois sin;
beidh maise an Tiarna le feiceáil acu seo
agus scéimh an Dé seo againne.

Déanaigí láidir na lámha atá faonlag
agus cuirigí téagar sna glúine atá ag lúbadh;
abraigí le lucht an chroí mhearaithe:
“Músclaígí bhur misneach; ná bíodh eagla oraibh.

God is comingBreathnaígí! Is é bhur nDia atá ann,
tá sé chugaibh leis an díoltas atá ag dul daoibh;
Dia atá ann ag agairt a chúitimh,
agus é ag teacht do bhur slánú.”

Déanfar a súile do na daill an uair sin
agus réiteofar cluasa na mbodhar;
beidh an bacach ag léimneach mar a bheadh fia ann
agus teanga an bhalbháin ag gabháil ceoil le lúcháir.
agus an dream atá saortha ag an Tiarna, leanfaidh siad abhaile é.

Tiocfaidh siad go Síón, ag liúireach le gairdeas,
agus aoibhneas síoraí ina choróin ar a gceann;
tiocfaidh áthas agus aoibhneas ag triall ina gcuideachta,
agus beidh casaoid agus crá bailithe leo ar shiúl.

Briathar Dé.

Salm le Freagra           Sm 145
Freagra                          Tar, a Thiarna, dár slanú.
Malairt Freagra           Alleluia!

I.  An té a sheasann lena bhriathar de shíor,
agus a dhéanann ceart don drong atá faoi chois,
is é a thugann bia don ocrach:
is é an Tiarna a scaoileann na braighdeanaigh.             Freagra


2. Osclaíonn sé súile na ndall,
tógann sé suas an dream atá crom.
Cumhdaíonn an Tiarna an coimhthfoch,
déanann tacaíocht don dílleachta is don bhaintreach. Freagra


3. Tugann an Tiarna grá don fhíréan,
ach cuireann sé slí na bpeacach trí chéile.
Beidh an Tiarna i réim go brách,
ina Dhia, a Síón, ó ghlúin go glúin.                                    Freagra


 

DARA LÉACHT  

Sliocht as céad Litir Séamus         5:7-10
Ná biodh drochmhisneach oraibh; is gearr go dtaga an Tiarna.

waiting-the-harvest
Bíodh foighne agaibh dá bhrí sin a bhráithre go dtí teacht an Tiarna. Féach an feirmeoir agus é ag feitheamh le fómhar luachmhar na hithreach, agus foighne aige leis nó go bhfaighe sé an fhearthainn luath agus dhéanach. Bíodh foighne agaibhse chomh maith. Bíodh misneach agaibh in bhur gcroí mar tá teacht an Tiarna lámh linn. Ná déanaigí casaoid ar a chéile ionas nach dtabharfar breith oraibh; féach, tá an breitheamh cheana féin i mbéal an dorais. A bhráithre, bíodh na fáithe a labhair in ainm an Tiarna mar shampla agaibh den fhulaingt agus den fhoighne.

Briathar Dé.  

Alleluia Vérsa         Lc 4: 18
Alleluia, alleluia!
Tá Spiorad an Tiarna orm.
Chuir sé uaidh mé ag tabhairt an dea-scéil do na bochta.
Alleluia!

SOISCÉAL

Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Mhatha        11:2-11
An tü an té atá le teacht no an ceart damn bheith ag súil le duine eile?
John in Jail
San am sin chuala Eoin, agus é i bpríosún, iomrá faoi oibreacha Chríost, agus chuir sé scéala chuige trína dheisceabail féin, á rá leis: “An tú an té atá le teacht nó an ceart dúinn bheith ag súil le duine eile?”

Dúirt Íosa leo á bhfreagairt: “Imígí agus insígí d’Eoin a bhfuil á chloisteáil agus a fheiceáil agaibh: tá radharc ag daill, tá siúl ag bacaigh, glantar lobhair agus tá éisteacht ag bodhráin, éiríonn na mairbh agus fógraítear an dea-scéal do bhoicht. Is méanar don té nach ceap tuisle dó mise.”

Le linn dóibh seo bheith ag imeacht, thosaigh Íosa ag caint leis na sluaite faoi Eoin: “Cad a chuaigh sibh amach faoin bhfásach a fheiceáil? Giolcach á suaitheadh ag an ngaoth? Ach cad a chuaigh sibh amach a fheiceáil? Duine a bhí cóirithe go mín? Iad seo a mbíonn éadaí míne orthu, is i dtithe na ríthe atá siad. Ach cad a thug amach sibh? Chun fáidh a fheiceáil? Sea, deirim libh, agus duine ba mhó ná fáidh. Is é seo an té a bhfuil scríofa mar gheall air: ‘Féach, cuirim mo theachtaire romhat a réiteoidh do bhóthar faoi do chomhair.’ “Deirim libh go fírinneach, níor éirigh ar shliocht na mban duine ba mhó ná Eoin Baiste; ach an té is lú i ríocht na bhflaitheas, is mó é ná eisean.

Soiscéal Dé



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