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Date: Friday 9th November at 7:30 pm
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Losers and Winners.


A writer reveals that one of his favourite Beatles songs is a lesser known one titled, “I’m a Loser.” The writer says that he thinks of this tune more and more these days as he is now firmly in the throes of middle age. If he is not losing his reading glasses, he is losing his train of thought or forgetting why he entered a room. However, that is far less painful than being rejected by his peers.

Sometimes, we reject and chastise others by saying under our breath, “What a loser!” Or we can say, “At least I am not as bad as that person!” It can make us feel better, at least temporarily, but at other times, we can even call ourselves losers. By the standards of his generation, Jesus was quite the loser – he was rejected by those in power, he was not affluent, and he died a horrible death, tortuous death after being publicly ridiculed as a criminal. We all suffer at times, and maybe feel like losers, but the kingdom of God is among us, and ultimately, we are all winners if we turn to our suffering Saviour.

Let us pray: King of Kings, may we remain in your kingdom forever.

Compiled by Deirdre Powell

Source: Living Faith, Daily Catholic Devotions (adapted

Nov 16 - St Gertrude the Great (1256-1302) German mystic and writer

Summary of St Gertrude, Virgin. Born about 1256; died at Helfta (Germany) about 1302. Entrusted from five years of age to Benedictine or possibly Cistercian nuns, among whom she experienced a deep conversion at the age of twenty-five and lived a life of mystical contemplation. Found Christ in the liturgy and Scripture, and on this foundation developed her devotion to the humanity of Jesus and, together with it, a love of the heart of Jesus.

  gertrude1St Gertrude the Great, a 13th century mystic, belonged to the Benedictine monastery of Helfta (near Eisleben in eastern Germany).

Two Gertrudes and two Mechtilds - each famous in their own right - were associated with this convent. Recently a new convent has been built on the site and a new chapel in honour of St Gertrude the Great opened and blessed. Patrick Duffy sets the context in which St Gertrude the Great lived.mystical vision

The mystics of Helfta
During the second half of the 12th century, the Benedictine convent of Helfta (near Eisleben) experienced a fertile development of the mystical life and mystical writings. Under the founding abbess Gertrude of Hackeborn (1223-92, not to be confused with Gertrude the Great), the sisters received an intense education in the liberal arts, and especially in the Bible. Abbess Gertrude's younger sister, St Mechtild of Hackeborn, was the headmistress of the convent school and famous for her musical talents. She greatly influenced the education of St Gertrude the Great. The monastery, although a Benedictine foundation, followed Cistercian customs. Another person associated with Helfta was the beguine Mechtild of Magdeburg (1207-82), who was accommodated at the convent for the last twelve years of her life and wrote an important work entitled The Surging Light of Divinity.

An uprooting - nothing known of her family
Gertrude (the great) was born on 6th January 1256, but nothing is known of her parents nor of the place of her birth. She was placed at the age of five in the care of the nuns of Helfta. Gertrude wrote that the Lord himself revealed to her the meaning of this first uprooting: "I have chosen you for my abode because I am pleased that all that is lovable in you is my work.... For this very reason I have distanced you from all your relatives, so that no one may love you for reasons of kinship and that I may be the sole cause of the affection you receive" (The Revelations).

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A good liberal education in the care of nuns at Helfta

Gertrude received a good liberal education at Helfta, being thoroughly grounded in the trivium (grammar, logic and rhetoric) and the quadrivium (arithmetic, geometry, music and astronomy). She also learned to speak and write Latin   and Greek fluently and translated parts of the Bible into German.

She tells us about her youthful passions: literature, music and song and the art of miniature painting. She had a strong and impulsive temperament. Some features of her temperament and faults stayed with her to the end of her life, so as to amaze certain people who wondered why the Lord had favoured her with such a special love.

Conversion at twenty-five
At the age of twenty-five she had a deep conversion experience, which she describes - addressing Jesus - in Book II, Chapter 1, of her Herald of Divine Love. It took place on 27th January 1281:

"I was in my 26th year. The day of my salvation was the Monday preceding the feast of the Purification of your most chaste Mother, which fell that year on the 27th of January. The desirable hour was after Compline, as dusk was falling. My God, you who are all truth, clearer than all light, yet hidden deeper in our heart than any secret, when you yourself resolved to disperse the darkness of my night, you began gently and tenderly by first calming my mind, which had been troubled for more than a month past. This trouble it seems to me served your purpose. You were striving to destroy the tower of vanity and worldiness which I had set up in my pride, although, alas, I was - in vain - bearing the name and wearing the habit of a religious.... From that hour, in a new spirit of joyful serenity I began to follow the way of the sweet odour of your perfumes (Song of Songs 1:3) and I found your yoke sweet and your burden light (Matt. 11:30) which a short time before I had thought to be unbearable!"

Mystical experiences
After this Gertrude had many visions and mystical experiences which took place during the liturgy and the Divine Office. She lost interest in secular studies and devoted herself to Scripture, the liturgy and the Fathers of the Church. From being a grammarian, she became a theolgian. She had a great devotion to the humanity of Jesus in his Passion and in the Blessed Eucharist. In this she was a forerunner of what later became devotion to the Sacred Heart.

The mystical writings Gertrude left include The Herald of Divine Love, The Revelations, and The Spiritual Exercises. During the autumn of 2010 Pope Benedict devoted his Wednesday audience talks to the women mystics of the Middle Ages and their writings. See his talk on St Gertrude the Great.

Death and influence
Gertrude died after an illness in 1302. She was never formally canonised, but Pope Innocent XI added her name to the Roman Martyrology in 1677, and in 1738 at the request of the King of Poland and the Duke of Saxony, Pope Clement XII extended her feast to the Universal Church.

[caption id="attachment_52674" align="alignnone" width="556"]Cistercian Convent of St. Mary in Helfta, once the 'crown of German convents'                                Cistercian Convent of St. Mary in Helfta, [/caption]

Monastic life restored at Helfta today
During the Reformation, the convent of Helfta, was secularised, but in 1999 eight Sisters from Seligenthal – a Cistercian convent in Bavaria - started to build a new convent on the site and to restore monastic life there. Today, eighteen women live, pray, and work there and women are invited to share monastic life for shorter periods of time. In 2008 a new chapel in honour of St Gertrude the Great was opened and blessed.
Liturgical Readings for: Saturday, 17th November, 2018



A reading from the second letter of St John        4-9
Only those who keep to what he taught can have the Father and the Son with them.

It has given me great joy to find that your children have been living the life of truth as we were commanded by the Father. I am writing now, dear lady, not to give you any new commandment, but the one which we were given at the beginning, and to plead: let us love one another.

happyTo love is to live according to his commandments: this is the commandment which you have heard since the beginning, to live a life of love.

There are many deceivers about in the world, refusing to admit that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh. They are the Deceiver; they are the Antichrist. Watch yourselves, or all our work will be lost and not get the reward it deserves. If anybody does not keep within the teaching of Christ but goes beyond it, he cannot have God with him: only those who keep to what he taught can have the Father and the Son with them.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm        Ps 118
Response                             They are happy who follow God's law.ave the Father and the Son with them.

1. They are happy whose life is blameless,
who follow God's law!
They are happy who do his will,
seeking him with all their hearts.    Response

2. I have sought you with all my heart:
let me not stray from your commands.
I treasure your promise in my heart
lest I sin against you.                         Response 

3. Bless your servant and I shall live
and obey your word.
Open my eyes that I may see
the wonders of your law.                   Response

Gospel  Acclamation          1 Pt 1:25
Alleluia, alleluia!
The word of God is something alive and active: it can judge the secret emotions and thoughts.
Alleluia !

Or                                              Jn 15: 5
Alleluia, alleluia!
Stand erect, hold your heads high,because your liberation is near at hand.
Alleluia !


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke       17:26-37
When the day comes for the Son of Man to be revealed.

Jesus said to his disciples: 'As it was in Noah's day, so will it also be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating and drinking, marrying wives and husbands, right up to the day Noah went into the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. It will be the same as it was in Lot's day: people were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, but the day Lot left Sodom, God rained fire and brimstone from heaven and it destroyed them all. It will be the same when the day comes for the Son of Man to be revealed.

 jesuscomesback    'When that day comes, anyone on the housetop, with his possessions in the house, must not come down to collect them, nor must anyone in the fields turn back either. Remember Lot's wife. Anyone who tries to preserve his life will lose it; and anyone who loses it will keep it safe. I tell you, on that night two will be in one bed: one will be taken, the other left; two women will be grinding corn together: one will be taken, the other left.' The disciples interrupted. 'Where, Lord?' they asked. He said, 'Where the body is, there too will the vultures gather'.

The Gospel of the Lord

Gospel Reflection       
Thursday     Thirty Second Week in Ordinary Time     Luke 17:20-25

In the gospel reading, the Pharisees ask Jesus when the kingdom of God was to come, and Jesus replies that it is already here, ‘you must know, the kingdom of God is among you’. The kingdom of God was already present in and through the ministry of Jesus, in his preaching and teaching, is his healing of the sick, in his seeking the lost, in his including the excluded. Jesus goes on to acknowledge that the kingdom of God has not yet fully arrived. That will only happen when, as he says, the day of the Son of Man comes, when the Lord comes again in glory at the end of time. However, in many respects this future is already present, even if not fully present; the coming rule of God is already at work in the here and now through Jesus, our risen Lord. Jesus could teach us to pray, ‘Father, thy kingdom come’, while also declaring, ‘the kingdom of God is at hand’. We all might be tempted to ask the question the Pharisees ask in the gospel reading, ‘When will the kingdom of God come?’ We are very aware that the world in which we live, with its various earthly kingdoms, is a long way from being the kingdom of God; we easily recognize that God’s will is not being done on earth as it is in heaven. Yet, Jesus’ response to the Pharisees’ question invites us to be attentive to the signs of God’s kingdom that are already among us. Wherever God’s love that filled the life of Jesus finds some expression in any human life, there the kingdom of God is present. It is above all when we are tempted to become discouraged at the state of our world that we need to become more attuned to those signs of God’s kingdom that are all around us.


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

Liturgical Readings for: Saturday, 17th November, 2018

Sliocht as dara Litir Naomh  Eoin        4-9
An té a chloíonn leis an teagasc sealbhaíonn sé sin an tAthair agus an Mac.

Ba mhór mo lúcháir a aireachtáil go bhfuil cuid de do chlann ag siúl san fhírinne de réir na haithnhappye a fuaireamar ón Athair. Ach anois achainím ar do Shoilse – ní amhail is dá mbeinn ag scríobh nua-aithne chugat ach an ceann a bhí againn ó thús – go dtugaimis grá dá chéile. Agus is é seo an grá – go siúlaimis de réir a aitheanta: Seo í an aithne, mar a chuala sibh ó thús í, go siúlaimis sa ghrá.

Mar go ndeachaigh mórán mealltóirí ar an saol amach, daoine nach n-admhaíonn teacht Íosa Críost i gcolainn dhaonna. Sin é an mealltóir agus an tAinchríost. Aire daoibh, le nach gcaille sibh ar shaothraigh sibh, ach go bhfaighe sibh an lánluach. Gach duine a leanann leis ar aghaidh agus nach gcloíonn le teagasc Chríost ní shealbhaíonn Dia. An té a chloíonn leis an teagasc sealbhaíonn sé sin an tAthair agus an Mac. 

Briathar Dé.  

Salm le Freagra           Sm 118
Freagra                          Is aoibhinn a mbíonn an slí a shiúlann i ndlí an Tiarna.

1. Is aoibhinn a mbíonn a slí gan mháchail,
a shiúlann i ndlí an Tiarna.
Is aoibhinn dá gcoimeádann a fhorálacha,
á lorg ó lanchroí.                                             Freagra

2. Iarraim thú le mo chroí go hiomlán;
nár imí mé ó d’aitheanta.
Cuirim do bhriathar i bhfolach i mo chroí;
sula ndéanfainn peaca ort.                           Freagra

3. Bí go maith le do ghiolla le go mairfidh mé,
agus go gcoimeádfaidh mé do bhriathra.
Oscail mo shúile chun go bhfeicfidh mé
iontais uile do dhlí.                                        Freagra


Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Lúcás 17:26-37
An lá a bhfuil Mac an Duine le foilsiú.

San ajesuscomesbackm sin dúirt Íosa lena dheisceabail: "amhail mar a bhí i laethanta Naoi, is amhlaidh sin freisin a bheidh i laethanta Mhac an Duine; bhí siad ag ithe, bhí siad ag ól, bhí siad ag gabháil fear céile nó ban céile, go dtí an lá a ndeachaigh Naoi san áirc; agus tháinig an díle gur thug an bás dóibh uile. Mar an gcéanna, amhail mar a bhí I laethanta Lót: bhí siad ag ithe, bhí siad ag ól, bhí siad ag ceannach, bhí siad ag díol, bhí siad ag plandáil, bhí siad ag tógáil; ach an lá ar imigh Lót amach as Sodom, fearadh tine agus ruibh ó Dhia as an spéir gur thug an bás dóibh uile. Sa chaoi chéanna a bheidh, an lá a bhfuil Mac an Duine le foilsiú.

An lá sin, an té a bheidh ar bharr an tí agus a urra tí sa teach, ná téadh sé síos chun é a bhreith leis, agus mar an gcéanna an té a bheidh sa ghort, ná casadh sé ar ais. Cuimhnígí ar mhnaoi Lót! Cibé a iarrfaidh a anam a choinneáil slán, caillfidh sé é, agus cibé a chaillfidh é, déanfaidh sé é tharrtháil. Deirim libh, beidh beirt fhear in aon leaba an oíche sin; tógfar duine acu agus fágfar an duine eile. Beidh beirt bhan ag meilt in éineacht; tógfar bean acu ach fágfar an bhean eile. (Beidh beirt sa ghort; tógfar duine acu, ach fágfar an duine eile.)” Dúirt siad leis á fhreagairt: “Cén áit, a Thiarna?” Dúirt sé leo: “Mar a mbíonn an corpán, is ann freisin a bheidh na badhbha cruinnithe le chéile.”

Soiscéal Dé

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Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 18th November, 2018
Scripture theme
The mystery of faith that we celebrate in the Eucharist proclaims that Christ will come again. That is the main fact, and the details of that coming, the imagery we may use to describe the meaning, are extras to impress our senses.


A reading from the book of the Prophet Daniel         12:1-13
When that time comes, your own people will be spared.

t that time Michael will stand up, the great prince who mounts guard over your people. There is Michael the archangel going to be a time of great distress, unparalleled since nations first came into existence. When that time comes, your own people will be spared, all those whose names are found written in the Book. Of those who lie sleeping in the dust of the earth many will awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting disgrace. The learned will shine as brightly as the vault of heaven, and those who have instructed many in virtue, as bright as stars for all eternity.'

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm            Ps 15:5. 8-11
Response                                  Preserve me, God, I take refuge in you.

1. O Lord, it is you who are my portion and cup;
it is you yourself who are my prize.
I keep the Lord ever in my sight:
since he is at my right hand, I shall stand firm.   Response

2. And so my heart rejoices, my soul is glad;
even my body shall rest in safety.
For you will not leave my soul among the dead,
nor let your beloved know decay.                            Response

3. You will show me the path of life,
the fullness of joy in your presence
at your right hand happiness for ever.                   Responsejesus sacrifice1


A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Hebrews        10:11-14. 18
By virtue of that one single offering, he has achieved the eternal perfection of all whom he is sanctifying.

All the priests stand at their duties every day, offering over and over again the same sacrifices which are quite incapable of taking sins away. Christ, on the other hand, has offered one single sacrifice for sins, and then taken his place for ever, at the right hand of God, where he is now waiting until his enemies are made into a footstool for him. By virtue of that one single offering, he has achieved the eternal perfection of all whom he is sanctifying. When all sins have been forgiven, there can be no more sin offerings.

The Word of the Lord

Gospel  Acclamation        Matt 24:42,44
Alleluia, alleluia!
Stay awake, and stand ready, because you do not know the hour
when the Son of Man is coming.

Or                                             Lk 21: 36 
Alleluia, alleluia!
Stay awake, praying at all times for the strength to stand with confidence
before the Son of Man.


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark       13:24-32
He will gather his chosen from the four winds.

Resurrection1Jesus said to his disciples: 'In those days, after the time of distress, the sun will be darkened, the moon will lose its brightness, the stars will come falling from heaven and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory; then too he will send the angels to gather his chosen from the four winds, from the ends of the world to the ends of heaven.

Take the fig tree as a parable: as soon as its twigs grow supple and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. So with you, when you see these things happening: know that he is near, at the very gates. I tell you solemnly, before this generation has passed away all these things will have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

'But as for that day or hour, nobody knows it, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son; no one but the Father.'

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, 18th November, 2018

Sliocht as  Leabhar Dainéil    12:1-13
Ach san aimsir sin saorfar do mhuintir.

San aimsir sin éireoidh Mícheál, an prionsa mór, atá i bhfeighil do mhuintire. Beidh sí ina haimsir Michael the archangel bhuartha nach raibh a leithéid ann ó bhí cine ann i dtosach go dtí sin. Ach san aimsir sin saorfar do mhuintir, gach n-aon a bhfaighfear a ainm scríofa sa leabhar. Dúiseoidh mórán dá gcodlaíonn i smúit na talún, cuid díobh chun na beatha síoraí, cuid eile chun táire agus tarcaisne síoraí.

Dealróidh na saoithe mar loinnir na spéire, agus iad siúd a theagasc an fhíréantacht do mhórán mar reanna neimhe ar feadh na síoraíochta.

Briathar Dé.  

Salm le Freagra         Sm 15
Freagra                         Caomhnaigh mé, a Thiarna, is ortsa a thriallaim

I. Is é an Tiarna is rogha liom: mo chuid de réir oidhreachta,
agus cuid mo chailíse; is ort atá mo sheasamh!
Coimeádaim an Tiarna de shíor os mo choinne:
 agus é ar mo dheasláimh ní chorrófar mé choíche.           Freagra

2. Tá gairdeas ar mo chroí agus áthas ar m'anam,
gus mairfldh mo cholainn faoi shuaimhneas freisin.
Óir ní fhágfaidh tú m'anam i measc na marbh:
na ní ligfidh tú do do mhuirneach truailliú a fheiceáil.     Freagra

3. Taispeánfaidh tú slí na beatha dom,
agus iomlán lúcháire i d'fhianaise,
agus aoibhneas ar do dheasláimh go brách.                      Freagra

jesus sacrifice1DARA LÉACHT 

Sliocht as Litir Naomh Pól chuig na Eabhraig         10:11-14. 18
Mar sin de, le haon íobairt amháin tá slánú iomlán síoraí faighte aige do na daoine a naomhaítear.

Téann gach sagart i mbun a chúraimí liotúirgeacha lá i ndiaidh lae. Ofrálann siad na híobairtí céanna go minic ach ní féidir leo sin peacaí a chur ar ceal. Níor ofráil Críost ach an t-aon íobairt shíoraí amháin ar son peacaí. Ansin chuaigh sé ina shuí ar dheis Dé mar a bhfuil sé ag feitheamh feasta nó go gcuirfear a naimhde mar stóilín faoina chosa. Mar sin de, le haon íobairt amháin tá slánú iomlán síoraí faighte aige do na daoine a naomhaítear. Dá bhrí sin  nuair a bhíonn peacaí maite, ní gá ofráil a dhéanamh ar a son níos mó.

Briathar Dé.  

Alleluia Véarsa          Mth 24: 42.44                                                                        
Alleluia, alleluia!
Bígí ag faire, dá bhrí sin agus bígí ullamh,
óir is ar an uair nach síleann sibh
a thiocfaidh Mac an Duine.


Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Marcas       13:24-32
Cuirfidh sé na haingil amach agus baileoidh sé na tofaigh ó na ceithre gaotha.

Resurrection1 San am sin dúirt Íosa lena dheisceabail: ‘sna laethanta sin, tar éis na trioblóide sin, dorchófar an ghrian, agus ní thabharfaidh an ghealach a solas, agus beidh na réaltaí ag titim ón spéir, agus beidh cumhachtaí na bhflaitheas ar crith. Agus ansin feicfidh siad Mac an Duine ag teacht sna scamaill le mórchumhacht agus glóir. Agus ansin cuirfidh sé na haingil amach agus baileoidh sé na tofaigh ó na ceithre gaotha, ó imill na talún go himill neimhe. 

"Ach ón gcrann fígí foghlaimígí an parabal. Nuair a bhíonn an ghéag úr agus í ag cur na mbachlóg amach, bíonn a fhios agaibh an samhradh a bheith in achmaireacht. Amhlaidh sin daoibh, nuair a fheicfidh sibh na nithe seo ag titim amach, bíodh a fhios agaibh go bhfuil sé in achmaireacht, ar an tairseach. Deirim libh go fírinneach, ní imeoidh an ghlúin seo gan na nithe seo uile a bheith tagtha chun cinn. Imeoidh neamh agus talamh, ach ní imeoidh mo bhriathrasa choíche.

“Ach mar gheall ar an lá sin agus ar an uair, níl a fhios ag duine ar bith, fiú ag na haingil sna flaithis, ná ag an Mac, ach ag an Athair."

Soiscéal Dé

Machtnamh ar Bhriathar Dé dia Domhnaigh

Nuair a fhilleann an Tiarna ...

Déanann meiteirí cosúil le "ár mbáid a dhó" nó "ár gcuid droichid a dhó," tagairt a dhéanamh ar rogha radacach gan ligean ar ais. Tá íomhá níos giorra ag baint le do lampa, ach fós ceann maith, chun dúshlán na beatha a chomhlíonadh. "Cad é an todhchaí?" Is é an cheist a tugadh sa Sean-Tiomna agus an Tiomna Nua. Cá bhfuil ár saol faoi cheannas - sóisialta, polaitiúil, timpeallachta? Agus ar imní níos dírí do gach duine go pearsanta, cad é mo dhualgas féin? Nuair a thiocfaidh an lá deiridh, níl a fhios ag aon duine. Agus díreach chomh maith, go mbeadh sé deacair eolas a bheith aige. Ach is mian Íosa dúinn réidh chun freastal air, aon uair a thagann sé. Ag fáiltiú dó cad é a chuireann Críostaithe dúinn, ag tabhairt spiorad a chéad lucht leanúna a dúirt "Maranatha" - "Ár dTiarna, tar chugainn!" Tugtar cuireadh dúinn maireachtáil anseo agus anois le feasacht ar shlánúlacht, ag féachaint ar an saol seo mar ullmhúchán do’n shaol gan chríoch i ríocht na bFhlaitheas.

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

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