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Striving to speak openly.


A convert reveals that she has great admiration for St. Paul, who was also a convert. She says that although she did not persecute others before converting, neither has she evangelized with words in the manner he did.

She believes very deeply but finds it very difficult to share her beliefs with others. She notes that St. Paul did so at great peril, receiving punishment and even imprisonment for what he believed, for the sake of salvation.

However, she takes comfort and hope in the following expression: “Preach the gospel at all times. When necessary, use words.”

Let us pray: Gracious God, why do I feel that I can’t get beyond my fear of what others might think? Why do I hesitate to speak openly to others of your goodness? How grateful I am for your mercy and forgiveness. Know that I put my trust in you.

Compiled by Deirdre Powell


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

Oct 21 - St Fintan (or Munnu) abbot of Taghmon d. 635

Summary: There seem to have been at least two Fintans in the ancient Irish Church - one associated with Clonenagh in Co Laois and another with Taghmon  in south Co Wexford, who is also called St Munnu. A possible third is associated with the church in Doon in Co Limerick.

Patrick Duffy looks at some of the traditions about the second Fintan, called Munnu.

Background and early formation
  fintanMunnu was a saint of the Cenél Conaill branch of the Northern Uí Néill. His father was Tulchán, whose family was connected with the barony of Corkaroe in Co Westmeath and his mother was Fidelma, also of the Uí Néill. He studied under Comgall of Bangor and under Colmcille at Cleenish in Lough Erne under Sinell.

Desire to be a monk at Iona 597
Adamnan tells how Munnu was about to sail for Iona to enter Columba's community when he met two Iona Monks. Asking if Columba was well, they replied he was very well, since he died a few days earlier and was in heaven. They all sat down and wept bitterly. Munnu went on to Iona, but was refused entry by the new abbot Báithéne. Columba had decided before his death that Munnu should not enter Iona, on the grounds that he had the capacity to form his own community.

St Munnu's Church.

A foundation near his home place
Back in Ireland Munnu founded a monastery at Taughmon near Crookedwood in Co Westmeath, where there is still the ruin of a St Munnu's Church.

Kilgavan, Co Wexford
After that he went south into Wexford where he lived for a time with the familia Comgalli at a monastery called Ard Crema, which has been identified with a site at Kilgowan or Kilgavan near Carrick-on-Bannow. He must have dealt harshly with the monks here as after being their abbot for twelve years they asked him to leave. He didn't go without calling down a curse on them.

Teach Munnu (Taghmon), Co Wexford
He then moved to a place called Achadh Liathdroim and it was here that he remained for the rest of his days and he ruled with a rod of iron. It was later named after him as Teach Munnu and housed about 230 monks. Toward the end of his life Munnu was afflicted with leprosy, which was common enough in medieval Ireland.

Figure of controversy

[caption id="attachment_51440" align="alignright" width="318"]The Martyrology ofTtallaght              The Martyrology of Tallaght[/caption]

Munnu was a figure of controversy in the dispute about fixing the date of Easter. A synod held at Mag Lée near Durrow in 630 agreed to accept the Roman way of computing Easter, but Munnu held out for the traditional Irish way. This angered the abbots who had made the agreement. Cummian, abbot of Durrow, writing in 632 to Segéne, sixth abbot of Iona, described Munnu as "a certain whited wall" (paries dealbatus).
This referred both to his leprosy and to his hypocrisy in pretending to preserve the tradition of the elders.

The "hard men" of Irish hagiography
According to the Martyrology of Tallaght, Fintan of Clonenagh, who had the name of being the "hard man" among the Celtic abbots, is said to have made a pact of unity (oentas) with Munnu - another hard man - so that the name of each was given to the other, in commemorationem societatis: Fintan took the name Munnu or Munda as one of his epithets and Munnu took on the name Fintan. Both enjoy the dubious reputation of being the "hard men" of Irish hagiography.
Liturgical Readings for: Wednesday, 21st October, 2020

A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Ephesians         3:2-12
The mystery of Christ has now been revealed means that pagans now share the same inheritance.

You have probably heard how I have been entrusted by God with the grace he meant for you, and that it was by a revelation that I was given the knowledge of the mystery, as I have just described it very shortly. If you read my word you will have some idea of the depths that I see in the mystery of Christ. This that has now been revealed through the Spirit to his holy apostles and prophets was unknown to any men in past generations; it means that pagans now share the same inheritance, that they are parts of the same body, and that the same promise has been made to them, in Jesus Christ, through the gospel. I have been made the servant of that gospel by a gift of grace from God who gave it to me by his own power. I, who am less than the least of all the saints have been entrusted with this special grace, not only of proclaiming to the pagans the infinite treasure of Christ but also of explaining how the mystery is to be dispensed.

Through all the ages, this has been kept hidden in God, the creator of everything. Why? So that the Sovereignties and Powers should learn only now, through the Church, how comprehensive God's wisdom really is, exactly according to the plan which he had had from all eternity in Christ Jesus our Lord. This is why we are bold enough to approach God in complete confidence, through our faith in him.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm        Is 12
Response                             With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.

1. Truly, God is my salvation,
I trust, I shall not fear.
For the Lord is my strength, my song,
he became my saviour.
With joy you will draw water
from the wells of salvation.                                       Response

2. Give thanks to the Lord, give praise to his name!
make his mighty deeds known to the peoples!
Declare the greatness of his name,
sing a psalm to the Lord!                                           Response

3. For he has done glorious deeds,
made them known to all the earth!
People of Zion, sing and shout for joy
for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.   Response

Gospel  Acclamation              Jn 10: 27
Alleluia, alleluia!
The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice, says the lord,
I know them and they follow me.
Alleluia !

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


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke             12:39-48
When a man has had a great deal given him, a great deal will be demanded of him

I meant thatJesus said to his disciples: You may be quite sure of this, that if the householder had known at what hour the burglar would come, he would not have let anyone break through the wall of his house. You too must stand ready, because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.'

Peter said, 'Lord, do you mean this parable for us, or for everyone?' The Lord replied, 'What sort of steward, then, is faithful and wise enough for the master to place him over his household to give them their allowance of food at the proper time? Happy that servant if his master's arrival finds him at this employment. I tell you truly, he will place him over everything he owns. But as for the servant who says to himself, "My master is taking his time coming", and sets about beating the menservants and the maids, and eating and drinking and getting drunk, his master will come on a day he does not expect and at an hour he does not know. The master will cut him off and send him to the same fate as the unfaithful.

The servant who knows what his master wants, but has not even started to carry out those wishes, will receive very many strokes of the lash. The one who did not know, but deserves to be beaten for what he has done, will receive fewer strokes. When a man has had a great deal given him, a great deal will be demanded of him; when a man has had a great deal given him on trust, even more will be expected of him.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Gospel Reflection          Wednesday              Twenty Ninth Week in Ordinary Time               Luke 12:39-48

In the second image in today’s gospel reading, Jesus speaks of the faithful and wise steward who remains faithful to the task given to him by his master and is faithfully working away at it when the master returns after being away on a journey. We are all called to be faithful and wise stewards in that same sense. We are to remain faithful to our calling, to our task of living the gospel day in and day out. Faithfulness was what characterized the ministry of Jesus. He was faithful to the work God gave him to do, even though it meant his crucifixion. He was faithful to the disciples he had chosen, even though they let him down and abandoned him when he most needed them. According to Luke in his gospel, he was faithful even to his enemies, healing the ear of one of those who came to arrest him and praying on the cross for those responsible for his crucifixion. In a variety of ways, Jesus showed himself to be the Faithful One. His faithfulness can inspire and empower something of the same level of faithfulness in us. Like Paul, we want to be able to say at the end of our lives, ‘I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith’.


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 for the Liturgical Year 2017/2018; ‘LET THE WORD OF GOD DWELL IN YOU' by Martin Hogan, published by The Messenger c/f   www.messenger.ie/bookshop/


Liturgical Readings for: Wednesday, 21st October, 2020

Sliocht as an céad Litir Naomh Pól chuig na hEifísigh 3:2-12
Tá rún Chríost nochtaithe anois.

A bhráithre, tá iomrá cloiste agaibh, ní foláir, ar an gcúram a thug Dia mar ghrásta dom in bhur gcomhair agus mar a thug sé fios a rúin dom in aisling. Tá scríofa agam faoi seo go hachomair cheana agus má léann sibh é féadfaidh sibh mo léargas-sa ar rúndiamhair Chríost a thuiscint. Níor tugadh fios an rúin seo do na glúinte daoine a chuaigh romhainn ach tá sé arna nochtadh ag Dia anois faoi luí an Spioraid dá aspail naofa agus dá fháithe. Agus is é rún é: gur comhoidhrí na gintlithe, gur comhbhaill den aon chorp iad agus go bhfuil siad comhpháirteach sa ghealltanas i gCríost Íosa tríd an dea-scéal. Rinneadh maor ar an dea-scéal sin díomsa nuair a bhronn Dia a ghrásta orm le héifeacht a chumhachta féin. Is mé an duine is dearóile de na naoimh go léir, ach is domsa a tugadh an grásta seo: saibhreas dochuimsithe Chríost a fhógairt do na gintlithe agus leagan amach an rúin a léiriú do chách. Bhí an rún seo folaithe leis na cianta i nDia a chruthaigh gach a bhfuil ann, dtreo go bhfaigheadh tiarnais agus údaráis na spéire eolas anois tríd an Eaglais ar eagna ilghnéitheach Dé de réir an bheartais shíoraí a chuir sé i bhfeidhm i gCríost Íosa ár dTiarna. Is é Críost a bheir dúinn a bheith teann de bharr ár gcreidimh agus dul go muiníneach i láthair Dé.

Briathar Dé

Salm le freagra            Is 12
Freagra                          Beidh sibh ag tarraingt uisce go lúcháireach as toibreacha an tslánaithe.
1. An bhfeiceann sibh, is é Dia mo shlánaitheoir,
tá muinín agam agus nílim eaglach níos mó,
óir is é an Tiarna mo neart agus mo cheol;
is é mo shlánú é.”
Agus beidh sibh ag tarraingt uisce go lúcháireach
as toibreacha an tslánaithe.                    Freagra

2.  “Tugaigí buíochas don Tiarna,
glaoigí air ina ainm!
Fógraígí a éachtaí don phobal,
meabhraígí gurb oirirc dá ainm.            Freagra

3. Canaigí don Tiarna, óir tá iontais déanta aige;
ní mór iad a fhoilsiú ar fud an domhain iomláin.
Gáirigí le háthas agus liúirigí,
sibhse a bhfuil cónaí oraibh i Síón,
óir is mór le rá é in bhur measc
Neach Naofa Iosrael.”                                Freagra
SOISCÉAL           Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Lúcás               12:39-48
An té ar tugadh mórán dó, beifear ag lorg mórán uaidh, agus an té ar taobhaíodh mórán leis, iarrfar níos mó air.

compassion1San am sin dúirt Íosa lena dheisceabail: bíodh a fhios agaibh é seo: dá mb’eol don fhear tí cén uair a thiocfadh an bithiúnach, ní cheadódh sé a theach a bhriseadh isteach. Bígí sibhse ullamh freisin, óir is ar an uair nach síleann sibh a thiocfaidh Mac an Duine.”

Dúirt Peadar ansin: “A Thiarna, an linne atá tú ag tagairt an pharabail seo, nó le cách eile chomh maith?” Dúirt an Tiarna: “Cé hé más ea, an maor úd atá iontaofa géarchúiseach a gceapfaidh an máistir os cionn a lucht tís é chun a gcion den arbhar a thabhairt dóibh i dtráth? Is méanar don seirbhíseach sin a bhfaighidh a mháistir é ag déanamh amhlaidh ar theacht dó. Deirim libh go dearfa, ceapfaidh sé os cionn a mhaoine go léir é. Ach má deir an seirbhíseach sin ina chroí: ‘Is é an teacht mall ag mo mháistir é,’ agus go dtosóidh ag bualadh na mbuachaillí aimsire agus na gcailíní, agus ag ithe agus ag ól agus ag meisceoireacht, tiocfaidh máistir an tseirbhísigh sin sa lá nach mbíonn súil aige leis agus ar an uair nach eol dó, agus coscróidh sé é, agus tabharfaidh cion na míthairiseach dó.

An seirbhíseach sin arbh eol dó toil a mháistir agus nach ndearna ullmhú ná beart de réir a thola, gabhfar de mhórán buillí air; ach an té nárbh eol dó í agus a rinne nithe ba dhíol buillí, gabhfar de bheagán buillí air. An té ar tugadh mórán dó, beifear ag lorg mórán uaidh, agus an té ar taobhaíodh mórán leis, iarrfar níos mó air.

Soiscéal Dé

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Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 25th October, 2020

30th Sunday of Ordinary Time

FIRST READING                     

A reading from the book of Exodus      22:20-26
If you are harsh with the widow or orphan; my anger will flare against you.

widowsThe lord said to Moses, Tell the sons of Israel this, "You must not molest the stranger or oppress him, for you lived as strangers in the land of Egypt. You must not be harsh with the widow, or with the orphan; if you are harsh with them, they will surely cry out to me, and be sure I shall hear their cry; my anger will flare and I shall kill you with the sword, your own wives will be widows, your own children orphans.

"If you lend money to any of my people, to any poor man among you, you must not play the usurer with him: you must not demand interest from him.

"If you take another's cloak as a pledge, you must give it back to him before sunset. It is all the covering he has; it is the cloak he wraps his body in; what else would he sleep in? If he cries to me, I will listen, for I am full of pity.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm          Ps 17
Response                                 I love you, Lord, my strength.

1. I love you, Lord, my strength,
my rock, my fortress, my saviour.
My God is the rock where I take refuge;
my shield, my mighty help, my stronghold.
The Lord is worthy of all praise:
when I call I am saved from my foes.           Response

2. Long life to the Lord, my rock!
Praised be the God who saves me.
He has given great victories to his king
and shown his love for his anointed.             Response


A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Thessalonians     1:5-10
You broke with idolatry and became servants of the real, and  you are now waiting for his Son.

ou observed the sort of life we lived when we were with you, which was for your instruction, and you were led to become imitators of us, and of the Lord; and it was with the joy of the Holy Spirit that you took to the gospel, in spite of the great opposition all round you. This has made you the great example to all believers in Macedonia and Achaia since it was from you that the word of the Lord started to spread - and not only throughout Macedonia and Achaia, for the news of your faith in God has spread everywhere. We do not need to tell other people about it: other people tell us how we started the work among you, how you broke with idolatry when you were converted to God and became servants of the real, living God; and how you are now waiting for Jesus, his Son, whom he raised from the dead, to come from heaven to save us from the retribution which is coming.

The Word of the Lord.

Gospel Acclamation         Acts 16: 14
Alleluia, alleluia!
Open our heart, O Lord, to accept the words of your Son.

or                                              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.


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew      22:34-40
'You must love the Lord your God and your neighbour as yourself.

hen the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees they got together and,
to disconcert him, one of them put a question,
'Master, which is the greatest commandment of the Law?'I meant that
Jesus said,
'You must love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, and with all your mind.
This is the greatest and the first commandment.

The second resembles it:
You must love your neighbour as yourself.
On these two commandments hang the whole Law, and the Prophets also.'

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, 25th October, 2020

Sliocht as leabhar Exodus      22:20-26
Má dhéanann tú iad a bhuaireamh agus godtagann a nglao chugam, éistfidh mé leo

widowsDúirt an Tiarna le Maois: Abair é seo le clann Isráel: Ná déan éagóir ar dheoraí ná leatrom, mar ba dheoraithe sibh féin i gcríocha na hÉigipte. Ná ciap baintreach ná dílleachta. Má dhéanann tú iad a bhuaireamh agus godtagann a nglao chugam, éistfidh mé leo, éistfead sin.  Adhnfaidh m’fhearg agus maróidh mé sibh leis an gclaíomh, agus fágfar bhur mná gan chéile agus bhur gclann gan athair.

Má thugann tú iasacht airgid d’aon bhochtán de mo phobal le d’ais, ná himir cleas an úsaire air agus ná héiligh ús uaidh.

Má thogann tú riamh brat duine mar gheall tabhair ar ais dó é roimh luí na gréine; óir sin a bhfuil aige d’éadach, sin é an brat a bhíonn faoina chorp aige, agus cad eile atá aige le codladh ann?

Briathar Dé.  

Salm le Freagra          Sm 17
Freagra                           Mo ghrá thú, a Thiarna, mo neart thú.

I. Mo ghrá thú, a Thiarna, mo neart thú,
mo charraig thú, mo dhaingean is mo shlánaitheoir.  Freagra

2. Mo Dhia thú, mo charraig, is mo dhídean;
mo sciath, adharc me shlánaithe, mo dhún.
Glaoim ar an Tiarna dar dleacht moladh
agus déantar mo shaoradh ó mo naimhdé.                    Freagra

3. Go maire an Tiarna! Is é mo charraig é!
Go raibh Dia mo shlánaitheoir á mhóradh.
Thug sé caithréimeanna dá Rí
agus nocht sé a ghrá dá Ungthach.                                  Freagra

DARA LÉACHT           

Sliocht as an céad litir Naomh Pól chuig na Teasalónaigh            1:5-10

A bhráithre, tá a fhios agaibhse mar a thugamar ár saol, fad a bhíomar in bhur measc, ar mhaithe libh. Agus rinne sibhse aithris orainn agus ar an Tiarna, mar d’ainneoin gach anacra ghlac sibh leis an mbriathar uainn le lúcháir an Spioraid Naoimh, sa tslí go raibh sibh mar shampla ag a bhfuil de chreidmhigh sa Mhacadóin agus in Acháia. Mar is uaibhse amach a leath briathar Dé, agus ní sa Mhacadóin agus in Acháia amháin é, mar tá scéal bhur gcreidimh i nDia scaipthe san uile áit, i dtreo nach gá dúinne aon ní a rá faoi. Tá na daoine féin ag cur síos ar an bhfáilte a chuir sibh romhainn agus mar a chas sibh ar Dhia ó na déithe bréige chun dul ag seirbhís don fhíorDhia beo agus chun feitheamh lena Mhac Íosa a theacht ó na flaithis – an Mac a thóg sé ó mhairbh agus atá dár bhfuascailt ón bhfearg atá le teacht.

Briathar Dé.

Alleluia Véarsa                 Gniom 16: 14
Alleluia, alleluia!
Oscail ár gcroí,A Thiarna,
Cun aird a thabhairt ar bhraithra do Mhic


Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir N. Matha      22:34-40
Gráóidh tú do Thiarna Dia agus gráóidh tú do chomharsa mar thú féin

San am sin nuair a chuala na Fairisínigh nár fhág Íosa focal ag na Sadúcaigh,love-your-neighbour-as-yourself
chruinnigh siad féin le chéile, agus duine acu, a bhí ina dhlíodóir, chuir sé ceist air ag baint trialach as:
“A Mháistir, cén aithne mhór sa dhlí?”
Dúirt sé leis: “‘Gráóidh tú do Thiarna Dia ó do chroí go hiomlán agus
ó d’anam go hiomlán agus ó d’aigne go hiomlán’ – is í sin an aithne mhór agus an phríomhaithne.
Agus is cosúil léise an dara ceann:
‘Gráóidh tú do chomharsa mar thú féin.’
Ag brath ar an dá aithne sin atá an dlí ar fad agus na fáithe.”

Soiscéal Dé.

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