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

Jumping the Barriers.


An old Hasidic saying states that if you take one step toward God in trust, he will take one hundred steps toward you in love. God wants to be close to us, but do we erect barriers between ourselves and God? Sometimes people say that they are so busy that they do not have much time to think about God. Busyness can be a fairly dense obstruction and one that we keep adding to on a regular basis. It is important to ask where are we rushing and how are we spending our time? Maybe it is important to consider what is so important in our lives that we cannot connect with our Father, the very author of this life that we are so frantically living?

Doubt constitutes another barrier that prevents us from being close to God. First we may say that we place our trust in Him and give him our needs, but the next minute we take them back and begin to meddle again. We have to try to let go and let God and pray in expectant hope.

Today, let us leap over the barriers and draw near to him – He is waiting for us!

Deirdre Powell

Source: Living Faith, Daily Catholic Devotions (adapted).
Saint of the day

May 22 - St Rita of Cascia (1386-1457)

Summary of St Rita of Cascia who was born in 1381 at Rocca Porena (Italy); died on this day in 1457 at Cascia. Obedient to the will of elderly parents, she accepted an abusive husband and remained faithful for eighteen years until his violent death. When her two sons died soon after, she became an Augustinian nun. She was noted for her life of penance and her suffering.

Married at twelve, Rita endured eighteen years of a violent marriage. After her husband's death, despite an initial refusal, she succeeded miraculously in entering the Augustinian convent where she spent the next forty years. Patrick Duffy tells her story.

A violent marriage
Born at Roccaporena, near Spoleto, in Umbria, Italy, Rita wished in childhood to become a nun, but out of respect for her parents wishes she married Paolo Mancini, a quick-tempered man with many enemies, who was notoriously violent and unfaithful. They had two sons. Rita endured insults and infidelity for eighteen years till one day Paolo was brought home dead after being murdered in a revenge-killing. His sons wanted to take further revenge, but they both died before they could do it.

A miraculous entry into the convent
In 1407, Rita, then a widow, wanted to enter the Augustinian convent at Cascia, but the nuns refused, fearing her husbarita 1nd's family and their rivals. Rita succeeded in reconciling with her husband's family and their rivals, but the prioress still said no. However, Rita started a campaign of prayer which resulted in her miraculous entry. During the night, when the doors to the monastery were locked and the sisters were asleep, her patron saints Saint John the Baptist, Saint Augustine, and Saint Nicholas of Tolentino appeared to her and miraculously transported her inside the convent. When the nuns found her inside the convent in the morning and heard how she entered, they felt they could not turn her away.

Devotion to Jesus' passion
Rita remained there, living by the Augustinian Rule, and giving herself to intense meditation on the passion of Jesus until her death. After twenty-five years of religious life, a wound appeared on her forehead as if she had been pierced by a crown of thorns. This continued unhealed for fifteen years. Meanwhile Rita devoted herself to caring for sick nuns and counselling sinners.

Death and influence
Rita's last years found her confined to bed as an invalid and she died of tuberculosis in 1457. Her reputation for miracles and holiness led to her incorrupt body being translated to a tomb that survives till today. She was beatified in 1626 by Pope Urban VIII and canonised in 1900 by Pope Leo XIII. Probably because of her miraculous entry into the convent, her cult as the patron of the impossible flourishes widely today. She is also regarded as a patron of those suffering violence and abuse in marriage. A special event at Roccaporena and Cascia is the blessing of roses on her feast day.
Today's Readings

A reading from the letter of St James     4:1-10
When you do pray and don't get it, it is because you have not prayed properly.

Where do these wars and battles between yourselves first start? Isn't it precisely in the desires fighting inside your own selves? You want something and you haven't got it; so you are prepared to kill. You have an ambition that you cannot satisfy; so you fight to get your way by force. Why you don't have what you want is because you don't pray for it; when you do pray and don't get it, it is because you have not prayed properly, you have prayed for something to indulge your own desires. 

You are as unfaithful as adulterous wives; don't you realise that making the world your friend is making God your enemy? Anyone who chooses the world for his friend turns himself into God's enemy.  Surely you don't think scripture is wrong when it says: the spirit which he sent to live in us wants us for himself alone?  But he has been even more generous to us, as scripture says: God opposes the proud but he gives generously to the humble. Give in to God, then; resist the devil, and he will run away from you. The nearer you go to God, the nearer he will come to you. Clean your hands, you sinners, and clear your minds, you waverers. Look at your wretched condition, and weep for it in misery; be miserable instead of laughing, gloomy instead of happy. Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will lift you up.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm               Ps 54
Response                                       Entrust your cares to the Lord and he will support you.

1. O that I had wings like a dove
to fly away and be at rest.
So I would escape far away
and take refuge in the desert.          Response

2. I would hasten to find a shelter
from the raging wind,
from the destructive storm, O Lord,
and from their plotting tongues.    Response

3. For I can see nothing but violence
and strife in the city.
Night and day they patrol
high on the city walls.                      Response

4. Entrust your cares to the Lord
and he will support you.
He will never allow
the just man to stumble.                  Response

Gospel  Acclamation                  Jn 14: 23
Alleluia, alleluia!
If anyone loves me he will keep my word,
and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him .

or                                                          Gal 6: 14
Alleluia, alleluia!
The only thing I can boast about is the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom the world is crucified to me, and I to the world.


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark        9: 30-37
The Son of Man will be delivered into the hands of men. If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself last of all.

Jesus and his disciples made their way through Galilee; and he did not want anyone to know, because he was instructing his disciples; he was telling them, 'The Son of Man will be delivered into the hands of men; they will put him to death; and three days after he has been put to death he will rise again.' But they did not understand what he said and were afraid to ask him.

They came to Capernaum, and when he was in the house he asked them, 'What were you arguing about on the road?' They said nothing because they had been arguing which of them was the greatest. So he sat down, called the Twelve to him and said, 'If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself last of all and servant of all.' He then took a little child, set him in front of them, put his arms round him, and said to them, 'Anyone who welcomes one of these little children in my name, welcomes me; and anyone who welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.'

The Gospel of the Lord.


Gospel Reflection           Tuesday              Seventh Week in Ordinary Time             Mark 9:30-37

There are some issues worth arguing about and then there are other arguments that serve very little purpose. In today’s gospel reading, Jesus identifies the argument the disciples are having with each other as serving no useful purpose. They were arguing about which of them was the greatest. Sensing that Jesus is going to inaugurate the kingdom of God, they were discussing their place in it. Who would have the more prominent place? It was an argument about status and position. It seems very out of place just after Jesus had spoken of himself as the Son of Man who would be delivered into the hands of men and be put to death. We are all prone to the wrong kind of arguments. When we put our own personal interests to the fore, as the disciples were doing, it can lead to unhelpful arguments. Jesus responded to this argument among his disciples in a very deliberate way. He sat down, taking up the position of the teacher, and in an acted parable he took a little child and placed his arms round him, and went on to identify himself completely with the child. Jesus is saying to his disciples and to us that in the kingdom he is proclaiming the central value is recognizing and serving Jesus in the most vulnerable and most dependant members of society. The kind of self-promoting behaviour of the disciples that leads to unhelpful argument is always going to be at the opposite end of the spectrum to that core kingdom value. ________________________________

The scripture readings are taken from THE JERUSALEM BIBLE, published by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and used with the permission of the publishers.

The Gospel reflection comes from: Weekday Reflections for the Liturgical Year 2017/2018; ‘LET THE WORD OF GOD DWELL IN YOU' by Martin Hogan, published by The Messenger c/f


Sliocht as an céad Litir Naomh Séamas        4:1-10
Iarrann sibh rud, ach ní fhaigheann sibh mar nach n-iarrann sibh go cuí.

A clann ionúin, céard faoi deara na cogaí agus cathanna a bheith in bhur measc? Nach é seo, go bhfuil bhur n-ainmhianta ag troid le chéile in bhur mbaill bheatha? Santaíonn sibh rud éigin agus níl sé agaibh; maraíonn sibh agus lorgann sibh, ach ní féidir daoibh teacht air; fearann sibh cath agus cogadh, ach ní fhaigheann sibh seilbh mar nach n-iarrann sibh. Iarrann sibh rud, ach ní fhaigheann sibh mar nach n-iarrann sibh go cuí, ach lena chaitheamh ar bhur n-ainmhianta.

A striapacha, nach bhfuil a fhios agaibh gur Cuma cairdeas an tsaoil seo nó eascairdeas Dé? Dá bhrí sin an té ar mian leis a bheith ina chara ag an saol seo, déanann sé namhaid Dé de féin. Nó an dóigh libh gur gan fáth a deir an scrioptúr: “Bíonn sé ag tnúth le héad leis an spiorad a chuir sé a chónaí ionainn?” Ach tugann sé breis grásta, agus uime sin deir sé: “Cuireann Dia in aghaidh lucht an uabhair, ach tugann sé grásta do lucht na huirísleachta.” Géilligí dá bhrí sin do Dhia; cuirigí i gcoinne an diabhail agus teithfidh sé uaibh. Druidigí i gcóngar Dé agus druidfidh Dia in bhur gcóngarsa. Nígí bhur lámha, a pheacacha, agus glanaigí bhur gcroí, sibhse atá ag cogadh le bhur n-aigne. Bígí go dearóil, ag gol is ag caoineadh. Bíodh bhur ngáire ina gol agaibh, agus bhur lúcháir ina gruaim. Déanaigí sibh féin a ísliú os comhair an Tiarna agus ardóidh sé sibh.

Briathar Dé.  

Salm le Freagra      Sm 54
Freagra                      Caith do chúram ar an Tiarna agus déanfaidh sé taca duit

1.  Mo thrua, gan sciatháin an choilm agam;
d’eitleoinn liom faoi shuaimhneas.”
Is amhlaidh a rachainn in imigéin
go ndéanfainn cónaí san fhásach.           Freagra

2. Theithfinn gan mhoill ar lorg fothana
ón stoirm is ón spéirling;
ó anfa clúmhillteach mo namhad,
ó thonn tuile a dteangacha.                     Freagra

3. Óir ní fheicimse aon ní sa chathair
ach imreas is éigean;
siúlann siad ballaí na cathrach
de lá agus d’oíche.                                    Freagra

4. Caith do chúram ar an Tiarna
agus déanfaidh sé taca duit;
ní leomhfaidh sé go mbainfear barrthuisle
as an bhfíréan go brách.                         Freagra


Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Marc       9:30-37
Tabharfar Mac an Duine ar lámh do dhaoine. Más mian le haon duine a bheith ar tosach, ní foláir dó bheith ar deireadh cách agus ina sheirbhíseach ag cách.

San am sin ag imeacht as an áit sin dóibh, ghabh siad tríd an nGailíl agus níorbh áil leis go mbeadh fios ag aon duine, mar bhí sé ag teagasc a dheisceabal, a rá leo: “Tabharfar Mac an Duine ar lámh do dhaoine agus cuirfidh siad chun báis é, agus tar éis a mharaithe, éireoidh sé tar éis trí lá.” Ach níor thuig siad an focal, agus bhí eagla orthu ceist a chur air.

Tháinig siad go dtí Cafarnáum, agus sa teach do d’fhiafraigh sé díobh: “Cad a bhí á chur trí chéile agaibh sa tslí?” Ach ní raibh focal astu, óir bhí siad ag díospóireacht le chéile, ar an tslí, féachaint cé acu ba mhó. Shuigh sé agus ghlaoigh chuige an dáréag agus dúirt leo: “Más mian le haon duine a bheith ar tosach, ní foláir dó bheith ar deireadh cách agus ina sheirbhíseach ag cách.”

Agus ag breith ar leanbh dó, chuir sé é ina sheasamh i lár baill eatarthu, agus, ag tabhairt barróige dó, dúirt sé leo: “Cibé duine a ghlacfaidh a leithéid seo de leanbh ar son m’ainm, glacann sé mise, agus cibé a ghlacfaidh mise, ní mise, ach an té a chuir uaidh mé, a ghlacann sé."

Soiscéal Dé.

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Sunday's Readings

Holy Trinity Sunday

Scripture Themes
The Holy Trinity. At the Last Supper, Christ explained to the Apostles that he could not teach them everything because they were not, during his lifetime, sufficiently receptive. The Holy Spirit will be charged with continuing Christ’s work for all the days of the future Church. It is the love of the Father that gives us his Son, while the Holy Spirit is ever leading us to know more of the truth.


A reading from the Book of  Deuteronomy      4:32-34. 39-40
The Lord is God indeed, in heaven above as on earth beneath, he and no other.

Moses said to the people: 'Put this question, then, to the ages that are past, that went before you, from the time God created man on earth: Was there ever a word so majestic, from one end of heaven to the other? Was anything ever heard? Did ever a people hear the voice of the living God speaking from the heart of the fire, as you heard it, and remain alive? Has any god ventured to take to himself one nation from the midst of another by ordeals, signs, wonders, war with mighty hand and outstretched arm, by fearsome terrors - all this that the Lord your God did for you before your eyes in Egypt?

Understand this today, therefore, and take it to heart: the Lord is God indeed, in heaven above as on earth beneath, he and no other. Keep his laws and commandments as I give them to you today, so that you and your children may prosper and live long in the land that the Lord your God gives you for ever.'

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm      Ps 32
Response                            Happy the people the Lord has chosen as his own.

1. The word of the Lord is faithful
and all his works to be trusted.
The Lord loves justice and right
and fills the earth with his love.                     Response

2. By his word the heavens were made,
by the breath of his mouth all the stars.
He spoke; and they came to be.
He commanded; they sprang into being.     Response

3. The Lord looks on those who revere him,
on those who hope in his love,
to rescue their souls from death,
to keep them alive in famine.                         Response

4. Our soul is waiting for the Lord.
The Lord is our help and our shield.
May your love be upon us, O Lord,
as we place all our hope in you.                     Response


A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans             8:14-17
You received the spirit of sons, and it makes us cry out, 'Abba, Father.

holy spirit comesEveryone moved by the Spirit is a son of God. The spirit you received is not the spirit of slaves bringing fear into your lives again; it is the spirit of sons, and it makes us cry out, 'Abba, Father!' The Spirit himself and our spirit bear united witness that we are children of God. And if we are children we are heirs as well: heirs of God and coheirs with Christ, sharing his sufferings so as to share his glory.

The Word of the Lord

Gospel Acclamation             Apoc 1-8
Alleluia, alleluia!
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
The God who is, who was, and who is to come.



A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew     28:16-20Holy-Trinity2
Baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

The eleven disciples set out for Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had arranged to meet them. When they saw him they fell down before him, though some hesitated. Jesus came up and spoke to them. He said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations; baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to observe all the commands I gave you. And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.'

 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 Leabhar Deotranaimí     4:32-34. 39-40
Is é an Tiarna is Dia dáiríre ar neamh thuas agus ar talamh thíos; níl ann ach é.

 Trinity 1Dúirt Maois leis an bpobal “Óir, cuir an cheist seo dá bhrí sin chun na n-aos a d’imigh tharainn agus a bhí romhat, ón lá a chruthaigh Dia an duine ar talamh: An raibh briathar riamh chomh maorga ó cheann ceann neimhe? Ar chualathas riamh a leithéid? Ar chuala aon chine riamh guth Dé [bheo] ag labhairt ó chroí na tine, mar a rinne tusa, agus iad a mhaireachtáil? Ar thug aon Dia riamh faoi chine a ghabháil chuige féin ó chrioslach cine eile, le profaí, le comharthaí, le hiontais, le cogadh, le láimh láidir agus le géag ar tinneall? – na nithe sin go léir a rinne an Tiarna daoibhse, os comhair bhur súl san Éigipt. Tuig é seo inniu dá bhrí sin agus ding i do chroí é: Is é an Tiarna is Dia dáiríre ar neamh thuas agus ar talamh thíos; níl ann ach é. Coimeád a reachta agus a aitheanta dá bhrí sin mar a thugaim duit iad inniu i dtreo go mbeidh conách ort féin agus ar do shliocht, agus saol fada agat sa tír atá á thabhairt duit go brách ag an Tiarna do Dhia.”

Briathar Dé.  


Salm le Freagra                 Sm 32
Freagra                                Is méanar don phobal a roghnaigh an Tiarna dó féin
1. Is dílis é briathar an Tiarna,
agus is iontaofa a obair uile.
Is ionúin leis an chóir is an ceart;
tá an talamh lan de bhuanghrá an Tiarna.            Freagra

2. Lena bhriathar a rinneadh na flaithis,
Ie hanáil a bhéil na réaltaí go léir.
Labhair sé, agus tharla ann iad.
D'ordaigh sé agus rinneadh amhlaidh.                   Freagra

3. Feach, tá súile an Tiarna ar lucht a eaglaithe,
orthu sin a chuireann a ndóchas ina bhuanghrá,
chun go bhfuadódh sé a n-anamacha ón mbás
is go gcothódh sé iad in am an ghorta.                    Freagra

4. Bíonn ar n-anam ag feitheamh leis an Tiarna:
is é sin árgcabhair is ár sciath.
Tabhair dúinn do bhuanghrá, a Thiarna,
de réir an dóchais a chuirimid ionat.                       Freagra

Sliocht as Litir Naomh Pól chuig na Romanaigh        8:14-17holy spirit comes
Fuair sibh spiorad na clainne trína nglaoimid Abba nó Athair ar Dhia.

Mar an mhuintir a mbíonn Spiorad Dé á dtreorú is clann ag Dia iad. Óir, an spiorad a fuair sibh ní spiorad na daoirse é chun eagla a chur oraibh athuair ach spiorad na clainne trína nglaoimid “Abba! Athair.” Dearbhaíonn an Spiorad féin dár spioradna gur clann Dé sinn; agus, más clann sinn, is oidhrí sinn chomh maith, oidhrí Dé agus comhoidhrí le Críost, ós rud é go bhfuilimid páirteach leis ina pháis, le hionchas a bheith páirteach leis ina ghlóir chomh maith.

Briathar Dé.

:      Matha 28:16-20
Sular cruthaíodh an domhan, rugadh an Eagna.

San am sin d’imigh an t-aon deisceabal déag leo go dtí an Ghailíl, go dtí an sliabh a cheap Íosa mar ionad coinne dóibh, agus ar a fheiceáil dóibh d’umhlaigh siad dó, ach go raibh amhras ar chuid acu. Tháinig Íosa chucu agus labhair sé leo: “Tá gach údarás tugtha domsa ar neamh agus ar talamh. Imígí dá bhrí sin, déanaigí deisceabail de na náisiúin uile, á mbaisteadh in ainm an Athar agus an Mhic agus an Spioraid Naoimh, ag múineadh dóibh gach ní atá ordaithe agam a choinneáil. Agus féach, táim in éineacht libh i gcónaí go dtí deireadh an tsaoil.”

Soiscéal Dé.

Machtnamh ar Bhriathar Dé dia Domhnaigh An Tríonóid Naofa 

Ní Dia i bhfad amach, neamhpearsanta

San sean-aimsear, d'aontaigh gach éinne ar aon fhiocal go raibh Dia ann. Bhí creideamh de shaghas éigin i nDhia go foirleathan. San saol inniu, d'eirigh tuairmí creidimh faoi Dhia, seachas mar a bhí tráth---Dia nó ainaindagacht. Ní hamhlaidh dúinn inniu. Ní hamháin go bhfuil go leor daoine aindiaghach ann, ach tá an-chuid gné den saol nua-aimseartha ag cothú aindiaghais ionainn uile. In ár gcathracha móra, timpeallaithe le h’oibreacha lámh an duine, is féidir dearmad a dhéanadh faoi Dhia a chruthaigh áilleacht an nádúir. Braitheann daoine tostas Dé, i bhfolach agus fada ó’n ár radharc. Inniu táimid ag ceiliúradh féile na Tríonóide Naofa, an rúndiamhar faoi shaol pearsanta Dé. Insíonn an Scrioptúr dúinn ní amháin go bhfuil ár nDia pearsanta, ach go bhfuil Dia ann mar thrí phearsa, Athair, Mac agus Spiorad Naomh. Cé nach féidir linn míniú loighciúil a thabhairt ar a leithéid, cuireann ár gcreideamh ar ár gcumas, fiú más beag féin é, a thabhairt faoi ndear an caidreamh dinimiciúil atá ann i nádúr Dé.

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

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