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Setting a Lenten goal.


Have you thought about setting your goals for the next few months? Do you know what you want to accomplish?

A priest on the campus of Notre Dame University in Indiana (USA) once wrote about looking out his window at two scenes. First, there were a number of people running on the jogging path. No doubt, the priest said, these people believed in the goal of better health and were willing to undergo a demanding discipline to achieve it. Second, he could see students trekking to the library, anytime from 6 am to 2 am because they truly believed in and sought the goal of a college degree.

Should we not be willing to embrace our faith because of our convictions, namely, a goal to become whole-hearted disciples of Jesus Christ? In order to move closer to this goal, we must be willing to take on some spiritual discipline and make some sacrifices. Let us approach these goals with conviction.

Compiled by Deirdre Powell


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

Feb 17 - St Fionán (d. 661)

finnianofclonardFionán was an Irish monk who accompanied Aidan from the island Iona of west Scotland to Lindisfarne, an island off north-east England (image). He succeeded him there as abbot. Bede called him "learned and prudent": he was able to manage the tensions that emerged between the Celtic and Roman ritual expressions of Christianity that were eventually the focal point of the Synod of Whitby (663/4). Patrick Duffy tells his story.

lindisfarneA monk of Iona and successor of Aidan at Lindisfarne
Fionán was Irish by birth and became a monk of Iona. He probably went with St Aidan to Lindisfarne and became his successor as abbot there in 651. He staunchly upheld Celtic traditions especially as regards the date of Easter.

He built a wooden church on Lindisfarne, constructed of oak, with a roof 'thatched with reeds after the Irish manner'. It seems that Aidan's other-worldliness had been so great (and perhaps his link with Oswald so strong) that he had not embarked on this task. It must have become increasingly necessary for the monks to have a place of worship of their own during Oswy's reign, when the Lindisfarne monks no longer had the same close link with the king, and the queen Enfleda and her court followed the Latin Rite.

celtic crossMissionary work among the Angles and East Saxons
Fionán carried missionary work south of the Humber, baptising King Peada of the Middle Angles. He sent Cedd and other monks as missionaries to Mercia and the kingdom of the East Saxons.

Tensions between Celtic and Roman ritual expression
During Fionán's time as abbot the tensions between Celtic and Roman ritual expression begin to emerge. In response to pressure from the queen and her advisers, Fionán agreed to allow Wilfrid, who was one of his monks, to go to Rome and explore contacts with the papacy. These tensions broke out more forcefully after his death.

Fionán struggled for ten years, supporting his missionaries in their work in the Midlands and East Anglia, and finding his rule at Lindisfarne increasingly threatened. He died before the Synod of Whitby was convened. Possibly the Roman party waited until after his death before embarking on the final confrontation, for he was a doughty opponent.
Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 17th February, 2019

A reading from the book of the Prophet Jeremiah        17: 5-8
A curse on the man who puts his trust in man, a blessing on the man who puts his trust in the Lord.

'The Lord says this:
'A curse on the man who puts his trust in man,
who relies on things of flesh,
whose heart turns from the Lord.
He is like dry scrub in the wastelands:
if good comes, he has no eyes for it,
he settles in the parched places of the wilderness,
a salt land, uninhabited.

'A blessing on the man who puts his trust in the Lord,
with the Lord for his hope.
He is like a tree by the waterside
that thrusts its roots to the stream:
when the heat comes it feels no alarm,
its foliage stays green;
it has no worries in a year of drought,
and never ceases to bear fruit.

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm     Ps 1
Response                         Happy the man who has placed his trust in the Lord.

1. Happy indeed is the man
who follows not the counsel of the wicked;
nor lingers in the way of sinners
nor sits in the company of scorners,
but whose delight is the law of the Lord
and who ponders his law day and night.       Response

2. He is like a tree that is planted
beside the flowing waters,
that yields its fruit in due season
and whose leaves shall never fade;
and all that he does shall prosper.                  Response

3. Not so are the wicked, not so!
For they like winnowed chaff
shall be driven away by the wind.
For the Lord guards the way of the just
but the way of the wicked leads to doom.    Response


A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corintians       15: 12. 16-20
if Christ has not been raised, you are still in your sins.

If Christ raised from the dead is what has been preached, how can some of you be saying that there is no resurrection of the dead? For if the dead are not raised, Christ has not been raised, and if Christ has not been raised, you are still in your sins. And what is more serious, all who have died in Christ have perished. If our hope in Christ has been for this life only, we are the most unfortunate of all people.

But Christ has in fact been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of all who have fallen asleep.

The Word of the Lord

Gospel  Acclamation           Mt 11: 25
Alleluia, alleluia!
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for revealing the mysteries of the kingdom to mere children.

or                                               Lk 6: 23
Alleluia, alleluia!
Rejoice and be glad:
your reward will be great in heaven


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke         6: 17. 20-26
How happy are you who are poor but alas for you who are rich.

Jesus came down with the twelve and stopped at a piece of level ground where there was a large gathering of his disciples with a great crowd of people from all parts of Judaea and from Jerusalem and from the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon who had come to hear him and to be cured of their diseases.

Then fixing his eyes on his disciples he said:
'How happy are you who are poor: yours is the kingdom of God.
Happy you who are hungry now: you shall be satisfied.
Happy you who weep now: you shall laugh.
Happy are you when people hate you, drive you out, abuse you, denounce your name as criminal, on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice when that day comes and dance for joy, for then your reward will be great in heaven. This was the way their ancestors treated the prophets.

'But alas for you who are rich: you are having your consolation now.
Alas for you who have your fill now: you shall go hungry.
Alas for you who laugh now: you shall mourn and weep.
Alas for you when the world speaks well of you! This was the way their ancestors treated the false prophets.'

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.
Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 17th February, 2019

Sliocht as Leabhar Irimía.      17:5-8
Is mallaithe an fear a chuireann a mhuinín i nduine. Is beannaithe an fear a chuireann a mhuinín sa Tiarna

Is mar seo a deir an Tiarna: “Is mallaithe an fear a chuireann a mhuinín i nduine, agus a bhíonn i dtuilleamaí na feola, agus a iompaíonn a chroí ón Tiarna.  Is cosúil é le grágán tóir san fhásach; má thagann maith ní fheiceann sé í; cuireann sé faoi in áiteanna dóite an fhásaigh, i bhfearann saillte atá gan áitreabh.

Is beannaithe an fear a chuireann a mhuinín sa Tiarna agus arb é an Tiarna a dhóchas.  Is cosúil é le crann atá lámh le huisce, agus a shíneann a fhréamhacha amach leis an sruth; ní bhíonn sé i bhfaitíos roimh lá an bhrothaill, mar fanann a dhuilliúr glas; ní bhíonn sé buartha i mbliain an tarta, mar ní éiríonn as torthaí a thabhairt.

Salm le Freagra      Sm 1
Freagra                     Is aoibhinn don fhear a chuir a dhóchas sa Tiarna.

I. Is aoibhinn don fhear
nach leanann de chomhairle na n-éagráifeach
is nach seasann i slí na bpeacach
is nach suíonn in éineacht le scigirí;
ach a thugann taitneamh do dhlí an Tiarna
is a dhéanann machnamh ar a dhlí de lá is d'oíche. Freagra

2. Is cosúil é le crann
atá curtha cois na habhann,
a thugann toradh uaidh go tráthúil,
nach bhfeonn a dhuilliúr;
agus bíonn an rath ar a ndéanann sé.                          Freagra

3. Ní amhlaidh do na héagráifigh, ní amhlaidh!
Ach amhail cáith a scaiptear leis an ngaoth.
Óir is cúram don Tiarna slí na bhfíréan,
ach rachaidh slí na n-éagráifeach ar ceal.                   Freagra


Sliocht as céad Litir Naomh Pól chuig n Coirintig.   15:12, 16-20
Más rud é nach bhfuil Críost aiséirithe tá sibh in bhur bpeacaí go fóill.

Ós é atá á fhógairt go bhfuil Críost éirithe ó mhairbh, cad a bheir do chuid agaibhse  a rá nach bhfuil aiséirí na marbh ann ar chor ar bith? Mar más rud é nach n-aiséiríonn na mairbh níl Críost aiséirithe ach chomh beag. Agus más rud é nach bhfuil Críost aiséirithe is baoth bhur gcreideamh agus tá sibh in bhur bpeacaí go fóill. Agus rud eile de, an mhuintir atá tar éis bháis i gCríost, tá deireadh leo. Más le haghaidh an tsaoil seo amháin atá ár ndóchas as Críost againn níl aon díol trua is mó ná sinn. Ach tá Críost dáiríre aiséirithe ó mhairbh, céadtoradh na muintire atá ina gcodladh.

Alleluia Véarsa   Mt 11:25
Alleluia, alleluia!
Tugaim buíochas duit, a Athair, a Thiarna neimhe agus talún,
de chionn mar a cheil tú na nithe seo ar lucht eagna agus éirimeagus mar a d’fhoilsigh tú do naíonáin iad.


Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Lúc.  6:17, 20-26
Is méanar daoibhse atá bocht. Is mairg daoibhse atá sách anois.

Ar theacht anuas dó in éineacht leo, sheas sé ar thalamh réidh, agus bhí ansin comhthionól mór dá dheisceabail agus slua mór den phobal as Iúdáia go léir agus as Iarúsailéim agus as cósta na Tuíre agus na Síodóine.

Agus d’ardaigh sé a shúile i dtreo a dheisceabal agus dúirt:
“Is méanar daoibhse atá bocht, óir is libh ríocht Dé.
“Is méanar daoibhse a bhfuil ocras oraibh anois, óir sásófar sibh.
“Is méanar daoibhse atá ag gol anois, óir déanfaidh sibh gáire.
“Is méanar daoibh nuair is fuath le daoine sibh agus nuair a scarfaidh siad amach sibh agus bhur n-ainm a aithisiú agus a fhógairt mar dhrochainm, mar gheall ar Mhac an Duine. Bígí lúcháireach an lá sin, bígí ag léimneach le háthas, óir féach, is mór é bhur dtuarastal ar neamh. Óir is sa chaoi chéanna a dhéanadh a n-aithreacha leis na fáithe.  “Ach is mairg daoibhse atá saibhir, óir tá bhur sólás faighte agaibh cheana.

   “Is mairg daoibhse atá sách anois, óir beidh ocras oraibh.
Is mairg daoibhse a dhéanann gáire anois, óir déanfaidh sibh brón agus gol.
“Is mairg daoibh nuair a bheidh cách ag labhairt go maith oraibh. Óir is sa chaoi
chéanna a dhéanadh a n-aithreacha leis na fáithe bréagacha.

Soiscéal Dé
Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 24th February, 2019
Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 24th February, 2019