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Musical Praise.

 

Music is such a happy way

To praise Thy holy Name –

The blessings that can flow from it

Are all for us to claim.

 

So often as I lift my voice

In joyous song to Thee

I envision Your glorious smile

Shining down upon me.

 

O sweet Jesus, my love for You

Grows stronger with each day –

My pen cannot write fast enough

The words I have to say!

 

But no words I write can describe

Your loveliness and grace –

So I’ll sing praises to your Name…

Your smile warm on my face.

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Oct 31 - Blessed Dominic Collins (1) 1566-1602 Irish martyr, Jesuit brother

Summary: When the Desmond Rebellion was put down in Munster, Ireland, in 1583, Dominic Collins of Youghal became a professional soldier in the Catholic armies of Europe. Ten years later he joined the Jesuits in Santiago de Compostela. Sent back to Ireland in 1601 as a companion to Fr James Archer SJ with the Spaniards going to Kinsale, he was eventually captured and put to death for his faith.

Patrick Duffy tells his story.

Early life: a soldier of fortune
collins1Dominic Collins was born into a leading Catholic family in Youghal, Co Cork, in 1566. Both his father and his brother served as mayor in the town.and he may have attended the Jesuit school set up in the town in 1577.

The local people recognised Elizabeth of England as Queen in Ireland, but did not want Anglicanism as the new religion. So when the Desmond Rebellion was crushed (1583), there was little else for a young Catholic man of ambition to do but to seek a career on the continent. Sailing to France, Dominic enlisted in the Catholic army of the Duke of Mercoeur and quickly became a military governor. He later transferred to the Spanish army and was in the garrison at La Coruña.

Joins the Jesuits
Here in 1598 he met the Jesuit priest, Father Thomas White from Clonmel, who had earlier founded the Irish College at Salamanca and had come to La Coruña to hear the confessions of Irish soldiers during Lent. Dominic confided in Fr White his intention of joining the Jesuits. Fr White explained the difficulties of studies for the priesthood. Dominic said was happy to be a Jesuit brother.

The Jesuits were reluctant to accept him, feeling that a battle-hardened soldier would not settle into religious life, but Dominic persevered and was admitted to the novitiate in Santiago de Compostela. Here he proved his mettle when the Jesuit College was struck by a plague. Dominic tended the victims, nursing some of them back to health and comforting the others in their last hours.

A report sent to Rome at this time describes him as a man of sound judgement and great physical strength, mature, prudent and sociable, though inclined to be hot-tempered and obstinate.

Battle of Kinsale
At this time Ireland was in turmoil. O'Neill and O'Donnell had revolted in Ulster and in 1601 King Philip III of Spain decided to send an army to help them. An Irish Jesuit, Father James Archer, who was acting as O’Neill’s envoy with Rome and Spain, asked that Dominic, who knew the needs of soldiers, be sent with him to Ireland.

Dominic CollinsSiege of Dunboy Castle
After the shock defeat of the Irish and the Spanish at the Battle of Kinsale, Fr Archer went back to Spain. Dominic went with O'Sullivan Beare’s men to the Beara peninsula and was along with a group of 143 soldiers under the command of Richard McGeoghegan, who took refuge inside Dunboy Castle. This was a small square fortress on the mainland overlooking Beare Island. Here Lord Carew, the president of Munster and an army of 4,000 soldiers besieged them for several months.

During the siege, Dominic, though a veteran of many battles, could not as a religious take part in the fighting, but he could and did give bodily and spiritual assistance to the wounded and the dying. Knowing too how keen Carew would be to capture a Jesuit, he thought that by handing himself over as a hostage he could negotiate an honourable cease-fire. But Carew refused any negotiations and the besieged surrendered. Carew ordered Dominic and two others to be kept prisoners while the rest were hanged in the market-place, fifty-eight on that day, and the remaining twelve four days later. A plaque on the ruins of Dunboy Castle today commemorates their brave struggle.

Interrogation and torture
The three surviving prisoners were brought to Cork for interrogation. As the other two had little to reveal, they were soon executed. But Carew interrogated Collins, hoping he could persuade him to become a Protestant and thus gain a propaganda victory.  He alternately tortured Dominic and made him primises of preferment to high ecclesiastical office. Some of Dominic’s own family visited him, urging him to save his life by pretending a conversion which he could afterwards repudiate. But Dominic would have none of it, and clearly made a choice of a martyr's death.

Collins3Martyrdom
Taken to Youghal on 31st October 1602, he was marched by a troop of soldiers through the streets to the place of execution - the first time he had seen his home town in fifteen years. He wore his black Jesuit gown and addressed the crowd in Spanish, Irish and English, cheerfully telling them that he had come to Ireland to defend the faith of the Holy Roman Church, the one true path to salvation. So moved were the crowd that the hangman fled and a passing fisherman was forced to do the job.

Influence
Left hanging on the gallows, the rope eventually broke and Dominic’s body fell to the ground. Under cover of darkness, local Catholics took his body away and buried him with respect in a secret place. From that day he collins2was venerated as a martyr in Youghal and his fame quickly spread throughout Ireland and Europe. In the Irish Colleges of Douai and Salamanca the Jesuits showed his portrait and many favours and cures were attributed to his intercession. Although used to the rough life of the army camp, Dominic always kept a strange innocence and gentleness. He is one of the most attractive of all the Irish martyrs.
Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 1st November, 2020

Saturday of 30th week of Ordinary Time, Year 2


FIRST READING         

A reading from the letter of St Paul to the   Philippians       1:18-26
Life to me, of course, is Christ, but then death would bring me something more.

Christ is proclaimed; and that makes me happy; and I shall continue being happy, because I know this will help to save me, thanks to your prayers and to the help which will be given to me by the Spirit of Jesus. My one hope and trust is that I shall never have to admit defeat, but that now as always I shall have the courage for Christ to be glorified in my body, whether by my life or by my death. Life to me, of course, is Christ, but then death would bring me something more; but then again, if living in this body means doing work which is having good results-I do not know what I should choose. I am caught in this dilemma: I want to be gone and be with Christ, which would be very much the better, but for me to stay alive in this body is a more urgent need for your sake. This weighs with me so much that I feel sure I shall survive and stay with you all, and help you to progress in the faith and even increase your joy in it; and so you will have another reason to give praise to Christ Jesus on my account when I am with you again.

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm        Ps 41
Response                            My soul is thirsting for God, the God of my life.

1. Like the deer that yearns for running streams,
so my soul is yearning
for you, my God.                                              Response

2. My soul is thirsting for God,
the God of my life;
when can I enter and see
the face of God?                                               Response

3. I would lead the rejoicing crowd
into the house of God,
amid cries of gladness and thanksgiving.   Response

Gospel  Acclamation       Col 3: 16
Alleluia, alleluia!
Let the message of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you;
through him give thanks to God the Father.
Alleluia !

or                                            Mt 11: 29
Alleluia, alleluia!
Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, says the Lord,
for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Alleluia !

GOSPEL                             Luke 14:1, 7-11
Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the man who humbles himself will be exalted.

Now on a sabbath day Jesus had gone for a meal to the house of one of the leading Pharisees; and they watched him closely.

He then told the guests a parable, because he had noticed how they picked the places of honour. He said this, 'When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take your seat in the place of honour. A more distinguished person than you may have been invited, and the person who invited you both may come and say, "Give up your place to this man". And then, to your embarrassment, you would have to go and take the lowest place. No; when you are a guest, make your way to the lowest place and sit there, so that, when your host comes, he may say, "My friend, move up higher". In that way, everyone with you at the table will see you honoured. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the man who humbles himself will be exalted.'

The Gospel of the Lord.

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Gospel Reflection       
Saturday,        Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time              Luke 14:1, 7-11

Jesus often saw the ordinary activities of people as an opportunity to teach people something about the ways of God. In today’s gospel reading, he is at a banquet hosted by a leading Pharisee. He notices how keen his fellow guests are to grab the most honourable seats at the banquet, which were those closest to the host. In response to what he sees, Jesus speaks a parable about how sometimes at banquets those who seek places of honour often find themselves having to take a more lowly seat, whereas those who are happy to take a lowly seat often find themselves asked to take a more honourable seat. What has this to say about the ways of God which we are to live by? Jesus was the person who lived fully according to God’s ways. He never sought to be honoured by others. He wasn’t motivated by the desire to gain the approval and admiration of others. On the contrary, Saint Paul in one of letters says that Jesus emptied himself taking the form of a servant and humbled himself becoming obedient unto death on a cross, the least honourable form of death in that culture. The gospels suggest that Jesus often had to challenge the practice of honour seeking among his own disciples. James and John asking for the best seats in Jesus’ kingdom, one at his right and the other at his left comes to mind. In response to this attitude which was typical of the culture, Jesus said ‘whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all’, after his own example. Jesus suggests that these are the people God will honour. The only honour worth having is honour from God, and God will honour those who empty themselves in the service of others, after the example of Jesus.

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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 2019-20: The Word of God is Living and Active by Martin Hogan and published by Messenger Publications  c/f www.messenger.ie/bookshop/

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Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 1st November, 2020
CÉAD LÉACHT

Sliocht as an  Litir Naomh Pól chuig na Filipigh         1:18-26
Mar is é Críost is beatha domsa agus ba shochar dom an bás.

A bhráithre, is é Críost atá á fhógairt ar aon chuma agus sin é an rud a chuireann áthas orm; agus leanfaidh mé ag déanamh áthais mar gheall air mar go bhfuil a fhios agam go rachaidh sé chun mo shlánaithe le cabhair bhur n-urnaithese agus le cúnamh ó Spiorad Íosa Críost. Mar tá súil agus dóchas láidir agam nach gcuirfear aon náire ar aon chor orm ach le gach muinín anois mar ba ghnáth go nglóireofar Críost i mo chorp, cibé acu beatha nó bás atá i ndán dom. Mar is é Críost is beatha domsa agus ba shochar dom an bás. Ar an taobh eile, áfach, má bhíonn rath ar mo shaothar fad a mhairim sa cholainn, ní fheadar cé acu rogha a dhéanfaidh mé. Táim i gcás idir dhá chomhairle: tá fonn orm síothlú liom agus bheith fara Críost, mar ba é ba fhearr go mór. Ach is riachtanaí go bhfanfainn sa cholainn ar mhaithe libhse. Ós deimhin liom sin, tá a fhios agam go bhfanfaidh mé ann go fóill chun cuidiú libhse uile d’fhonn bhur gcreideamh a chur chun cinn agus bhur lúcháir ann a mhéadú, i dtreo nuair a thiocfaidh mé arís chugaibh go mbeidh sibh níos bródúla ná riamh asam in Íosa Críost.

Briathar Dé.  

Salm le freagra              Sm 41
Freagra                            Tá cíocras chun Dé ar m’anam chun Dé bheo.
1. Faoi mar a shantaíonn an eilit
na sruthanna uisce
is amhlaidh a shantaíonn m’anam
thusa, a Dhia.                                       Freagra

2. Tá cíocras chun Dé ar m’anam
chun Dé bheo;
cá huair a thiocfaidh mé go bhfeicfidh mé
gnúis mo Dhé.                                     Freagra

3. Ghluaisinn i dtosach an tslua
ag triall ar theach Dé dom,
le gártha gairdis agus molta
i ndáil fleá agus féile.                          Freagra
SOISCÉAL

Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Lúcás          14:1, 7-11
Gach aon duine a ardaíonn é féin, ísleofar é, agus an té a íslíonn é féin, ardófar é.

San am sin nuair a chuaigh Íosa ag caitheamh a choda lá sabóide i dteach dhuine de chinn urra na bhFairísineach, iad seo a bhí ann, bhí siad ag faire go géar air.

Dúirt sé parabal leo siúd a fuair an cuireadh, ar a shonrú dó mar a thoghaidís na chéad áiteanna; dúirt sé leo: “Nuair a thabharfaidh duine éigin cuireadh chun bainise duit, ná téigh i do luí sa chéad áit, le heagla go mbeadh cuireadh ag duine eile uaidh ba mhó le rá ná thú, agus go dtiocfaidh an té a thug an cuireadh duit féin agus dó sin, á rá leat: ‘Tabhair áit dó seo,’ agus go gcaithfeá ansin agus ceann faoi ort an áit is ísle a ghabháil. Ach nuair a gheobhaidh tú cuireadh, tar agus lig fút san áit is ísle, sa chaoi, nuair a thiocfaidh an té a thug an cuireadh duit, go ndéarfaidh sé leat: ‘A chara, gabh níos faide suas’; ansin beidh onóir ann duit i láthair chách a bhíonn ag bord leat. Óir gach aon duine a ardaíonn é féin, ísleofar é, agus an té a íslíonn é féin, ardófar é.”

Soiscéal Dé



AN BÍOBLA NAOFA
© An Sagart
Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 8th November, 2020

November 1st - Solemnity of All Saints


FIRST READING                 

A reading from the book of  the Apocalypse       7:2-4. 9-14
I saw a huge number, impossible to count, of people of every nation, race, tribe and language.

Jesus final comingI, John saw another angel rising where the sun rises, carrying the seal of the living God; he called in a powerful voice to the four angels whose duty was to devastate land and sea, 'Wait before you do any damage on land or at sea or to the trees, until we have put the seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.' Then I heard how many were sealed: a hundred and forty-four thousand, out of all the tribes of Israel.

After that I saw a huge number, impossible to count, of people from every nation, race, tribe and language; they were standing in front of the throne and in front of the Lamb, dressed in white robes and holding palms in their hands. They shouted aloud, 'Victory to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!' And all the angels who were standing in a circle round the throne, surrounding the elders and the four animals, prostrated themselves before the throne, and touched the ground with their foreheads, worshipping God with these words, 'Amen. Praise and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honour and power and strength to our God for ever and ever., Amen.'

One of the elders then spoke, and asked me, 'Do you know who these people are, dressed in white robes, and where they have come from?' I answered him, 'You can tell me, my lord.'  Then he said, 'These are the people who have been through the great persecution, and because they have washed their robes white again in the blood of the Lamb.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm       Ps 23
Response                            Such are the men who seek your face, O Lord

1.The Lord's is the earth and its fullness,
the world and all its peoples.
It is he who set it on the seas;God's mountain1
on the waters he made it firm.                     Response

2. Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord?
Who shall stand in his holy place?
The man with clean hands and pure heart,
who desires not worthless things.               Response

3. He shall receive blessings from the Lord
and reward from the God who saves him.
Such are the men who seek him,
seek the face of the God of Jacob.              Response

SECOND READING         

A reading from the first letter of  John       3:1-3
We shall see God as he really is.

Think of the love that the Father has lavished on us,
by letting us be called God's children;
and that is what we are.
Because the world refused to acknowledge him,
therefore it does not acknowledge us.
My dear people, we are already the children of God
but what we are to be in the future has not yet been revealed;
all we know is, that when it is revealed
we shall be like him because we shall see him as he really is.
Surely everyone who entertains this hope must purify himself,
must try to be as pure as Christ.

The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation          Mt 11: 28
Alleluia, Alleluia!
Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened,
and I will give you rest, says the Lord.
Alleluia

GOSPEL 

A reading from the holy Gospel according to  Matthew       5:1-12
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.

'How happy are the poor in spirit; theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Happy the gentle: they shall have the earth for their heritage.
Happy those who mourn: they shall be comforted.Church of the Beatituds, Sea of Galilee
Happy those who hunger and thirst for what is right: they shall be satisfied.
Happy the merciful: they shall have mercy shown them.
Happy the pure in heart: they shall see God.
Happy the peacemakers: they shall be called sons of God.
Happy those who are persecuted in the cause of right: theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
'Happy are you when people abuse you and persecute you and speak all kinds of calumny against you on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven; this is how they persecuted the prophets before you.'


The Gospel of the Lord.

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Gospel Reflection    Nov 1       Feast of All Saints         Matthew 5:1-12

A lot of people do not like large gatherings. They find big crowds exhausting. Today’s feast, however, is precisely about crowds of people. The first reading expresses it well, ‘a huge number, impossible to count, of people from every nation, race, tribe and language’. Today is the feast not just of a few chosen saints, but of all saints. Today we honour all the saints, those who are formally canonised and those who are not.

If our vision of humanity is shaped exclusively by the media we might be tempted to think that there are a lot more villains out there than saints. It is reassuring to be reminded by today’s feast that there exists a huge number of saints, impossible to count. In the words of the letter to the Hebrews, we are surrounded by a ‘great cloud of witnesses’. None of us can live as the Lord wants us to live purely on our own. We need the good example of others to inspire us and to show us what is possible. Today’s feast declares that we are surrounded by such a cloud of witnesses, if only we could recognise them. Some of these people have already passed beyond us and are now ‘standing in front of the throne of the Lamb’, in the words of today’s first reading. Many of them, however, are our companions on the journey of life. They do not look at all like the statues in our churches. They are very ordinary, yet they are also very special. These are the people we are grateful to have met and to have around.

The feast of All Saints encourages us to believe that any one of us could be part of that huge number, impossible to count. In that sense, today’s feast is about every one of us. John, in today’s second reading, is speaking about all of us when he declares that ‘we are already the children of God’, and that, in the future, ‘we shall be like’ God. We are all destined for sainthood. God intends that all of us would be conformed to the image of God’s Son. For most of us, that will only come to pass fully beyond this life. Yet, because we are already sons and daughters of God through Baptism, we are called to grow now towards that wonderful transformation that awaits us. The road to sainthood begins here, wherever we happen to find ourselves. In today’s gospel reading, Jesus shows us what that road to sainthood looks like. In the Beatitudes, Jesus painted a portrait of himself, the living saint par excellence. He was also painting a portrait of the person that we are all called to become. The Beatitudes give us different facets of the person of Jesus, while at the same time showing us different ways in which we might reflect the person of Jesus.

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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 2019-20: The Word of God is Living and Active by Martin Hogan and published by Messenger Publications  c/f www.messenger.ie/bookshop/


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Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 8th November, 2020
CÉAD LÉACHT 

Sliocht as leabhar An Apacailipsis        7:2-4. 9-14
Chonaic mé mathshlua mór nárbh fhéidir d’aon duine a chomhaireamh as gach cine agus treibh agus pobal agus teanga

Jesus final comingAnsin chonaic mé aingeal eile ag gabháil suas ó éirí gréine agus séala le Dia beo aige, agus ghlaoigh sé in ard a ghutha ar na ceithre aingeal ar ar cuireadh de chúram dochar a dhéanamh do thalamh agus do mhuir, agus dúirt sé: “Ná déanaigí dochar do thalamh ná do mhuir ná do na crainn nó go gcuirfimid séala ar chláréadan sheirbhísigh Dé.” Agus chuala mé líon na ndaoine ar cuireadh an séala orthu, céad agus daichead a ceathair míle agus iad as gach treibh de chlann Iosrael.

Ina dhiaidh sin b’shiúd an mathshlua mór nárbh fhéidir le haon duine a chomhaireamh as gach cine agus treibh agus pobal agus teanga; bhí siad ina seasamh os comhair na ríchathaoireach agus os comhair an Uain, iad gléasta in éidí geala agus craobhacha pailme acu ina lámha. Agus bhí siad ag glaoch de ghlór ard: “Slánú dár nDia a shuíonn sa ríchathaoir agus don Uan!” Bhí na haingil go léir ina seasamh mórthimpeall na ríchathaoireach agus na seanóirí agus na gceithre dhúil, agus chaith siad iad féin ar a n-aghaidh os comhair na ríchathaoireach ag adhradh Dé á rá: “Amen. Beannacht agus glóir agus eagna agus buíochas agus onóir agus cumhacht agus neart dár nDia go deo deo. Amen.”

Ansin labhair duine de na seanóirí agus dúirt sé liom: “Iad seo atá gléasta in éidí geala, cé hiad féin agus cad as ar tháinig siad?” Dúirt mé mar fhreagra air: “A Thiarna liom, tá fhios agat.” Agus dúirt sé liom: “Is iadsan an dream atá gafa tríd an duainéis mhór; nigh siad agus gheal siad a n-éidí i bhfuil an Uain.

Briathar Dé.

Salm le Freagra            Sm 23
Freagra                           
A leithéid siúd a bhíonn ar do thóir, a Thiarna.

I. Leis an Tiarna an chruinne agus a bhfuil inti;
an domhan go léir agus a maireann ann.
God's mountain1Is é fein a bhunaigh ar an aigéan é,
agus a dhaingnigh ar an bhfarraige íochtarach é. Freagra

2. Cé a rachaidh suas ar chnoc an Tiarna?
Cé a bheidh ina sheasamh ar a láthair naofa?
An té a bhfuil lámha gan smál agus croí glan aige,
an té ar beag air nithe gan tairbhe.                           Freagra

3. Beidh beannacht an Tiarna ar an té sin
agus luahh saothair ó Dhia a shlánaitheoir.
A leitheid siúd a bhíonn á lorg,
a bhíonn ar thóir Dhia Iácób.                                     Freagra

DARA LÉACHT

Sliocht as an céad Litir Naomh  Eoin       3:1-3
Feicimid Dia mar a tá sé.

A clann ionúin, breathnaígí cad é mar ghrá a thug an tAthair dúinn! go nglaofaí clann Dé orainn, agus is amhlaidh sinn. Sé an fáth nach n-aithníonn an saol sinne mar nár aithin sé eisean. chairde cléibh, is clann Dé cheana féin sinn, agus níor foilsíodh fós cé mar a bheimid; ach nuair a fhoilseofar é, is feasach sinn go mbeimid ina chosúlachtsan, mar go bhfeicfimid é mar atá sé. Agus gach duine a chothaíonn an dóchas diaga seo ann féin naomhaíonn é féin faoi mar atá seisean naofa.

Briathar Dé.

Alleluia Véarsa         Mth 11: 28  
Alleluia, alleluia!
Tagaigí chugam, sibhse uile a bhfuil saothar agus tromualach oraibh,
agus tabharfaidh mé faoiseamh daoibh                                                                                                                                           Alleluia!

SOISCÉAL              

 Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Matha         5:1-12
Bíodh áthas oraibh agus gairdeas, mar is mór é bhur dtuarastal ar neamh.
Beatittudes
S
an am sin nuair a chonaic Íosa na sluaite, chuaigh sé an sliabh suas. Shuigh sé síos agus tháinig a dheisceabail chuige. Thosaigh sé ag caint leo á dteagasc agus dúirt:

“Is méanar dóibh seo atá bocht ó spiorad, óir is leo ríocht na bhflaitheas.
“Is méanar do lucht an dobróin, óir sólásófar iad.
“Is méanar dóibh seo atá ceansa, óir gheobhaidh siad an talamh mar oidhreacht.
“Is méanar dóibh seo a bhfuil ocras agus tart chun na fíréantachta orthu, óir sásófar iad.
“Is méanar do lucht na trócaire, óir déanfar trócaire orthu.
“Is méanar dóibh seo atá glan ó chroí, óir feicfidh siad Dia.
“Is méanar do lucht síochána a dhéanamh, óir glaofar clann Dé orthu.
“Is méanar dóibh seo a d’fhulaing géarleanúint mar gheall ar an bhfíréantacht, óir is
leo ríocht na bhflaitheas.
“Is méanar daoibh féin nuair a thabharfar aithis daoibh agus a ghéarleanfar sibh, agus nuair a chuirfear gach sórt drochrud in bhur leith go bréagach mar gheall ormsa. 'Bíodh áthas oraibh agus gairdeas, mar is mór é bhur dtuarastal ar neamh'.

Soiscéal Dé.

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Machtnamh ar Bhriathar Dé 

Cé h’iad an dream glórmhar seo?

Cad atá ag feitheamh le dhaoine thar éis an saol domhanda seo againn, anseo agus anois. Aithníonn Naomh Pól é mar rúndiamhar nuair a deir sé "Ní fhaca aon súl, níor chuala aon chluas ná níor chuaigh sé isteach sa chroí daonna chun a shamhlú a bhfuil ullmhaithe ag Dia dóibh siúd a bhfuil grá acu leis." [1 Cor 2: 9]. Mar sin féin, cuireann na Scrioptúirí naofa saibhreas d'íomhánna dóchasacha chun tuiscint a thabhairt faoin cinniúint atá ullmhaithe thar an saol seo, dóibh siúd a bhfuil grá acu le Dia. Níl na naoimh ar neamh déanta as plástair, ach dream beó glórmhar de dhaoine macánta a chleachtaigh an grá san bheatha deo, and mar sin, chuaigh siad díreach ar ais go dtí tobair agus foinnse an grá, Dia na glóire. Chuaigh siad "ag máirseáil isteach" - sásta a bheith ag teacht i ngleic leis an Athair síorraí. Is laochra agus gnáth-dhaoine iad. Roinnt dóibh naoimh canóinithe a spreag an t-eaglais ar feadh na gcéadta bliain, agus an móchuid laochra gan clú, a chaith a mbeatha go ciúin de réir cháilíocht agus dhualgas, glan de chroí agus séimh sa spiorad.

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