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Dialogue and reconciliation in the Middle East

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Mountains High.

Awe the mountains lovely fair,

peace, contentment linger there,

sound of birds in harmony

sing so sweet their melody.

Listen closely to the sound

where all solace can be found,

as the branches high above

seem to sing a song of love.


Oh, to see the mountains high

as they seem to touch the sky

with the clouds so cottony

Drifting to their destiny.

Thank you God for everything,

mountains high and birds that sing,

breezes as they softly blow;

mountains high and valleys low.


Author: Katherine Smith Matheney.


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

Summary :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).

Famous Catholic Mystics

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, 16th November, 2019
FIRST READING               

A reading from the book of Wisdom         18:14-16; 19:6-9
The Red Sea became an unimpeded way , and they skipped like lambs,

When peaceful silence lay over all,
and night had run the half of her swift course,
down from the heavens, from the royal throne, leapt your all-powerful Word;
into the heart of a doomed land the stern warrior leapt.
Carrying your unambiguous command like a sharp sword,
he stood, and filled the universe with death;
he touched the sky, yet trod the earth.
For, to keep your children from all harm,
the whole creation, obedient to your commands,
was once more, and newly, fashioned in its nature.
moses divides the seaOvershadowing the camp there was the cloud,
where water had been, dry land was seen to rise,
the Red Sea became an unimpeded way,
the tempestuous flood a green plain;
sheltered by your hand, the whole nation passed across,
gazing at these amazing miracles.
They were like horses at pasture,
they skipped like lambs,
singing your praises, Lord, their deliverer.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm         Ps 104: 2-3. 36-37.42-43. Rv 5
Response                               Remember the wonders the Lord has done.
Or                                            Alleluia!

l. O sing to the Lord, sing his praise;
tell all his wonderful works!
Be proud of his holy name,
let the hearts that seek the Lord rejoice.     Response

2. He struck all the first-born in their land,
the finest flower of their sons.
He led out Israel with silver and gold.
In his tribes were none who fell behind.     Response

3. For he remembered his holy word,
which he gave to Abraham his servant.
So he brought out his people with joy,
his chosen ones with shouts of rejoicing.    Response

Gospel  Acclamation       Jms 1:21
Alleluia, alleluia!
Accept and submit to the word,
which has been planted in you and can save your souls.

Or                                          2Thess 2: 14 
Alleluia, alleluia!
Through the Good News God called us
to share the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke     18:1-8
God will see justice done to his chosen who cry to him

Jesus told them a parable about the need to pray continually and never lose heart. 'There was a judge in a certain town' he said 'who had neither fear of God nor respect for man. In the same town there was a widow who kept on coming to him and saying, "I want justice from you against my enemy!" For a long time he refused, but at last he said to himself, "Maybe I have neither fear of God nor respect for man, but since she keeps pestering me I must give this widow her just rights, or she will persist in coming and worry me to death."'

And the Lord said 'You notice what the unjust judge has to say? Now will not God see justice done to his chosen who cry to him day and night even when he delays to help them? I promise you, he will see justice done to them, and done speedily. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find any faith on earth?'

The Gospel of the Lord.


Gospel Reflection     Saturday,       Thirty Second Week in Ordinary Time         Luke 18:1-8

The depiction of the widow in today’s parable is of a very strong woman who will stop at nothing to get justice for herself. When an injustice is done to us or to someone else, it will often galvanise us into taking action on our own behalf or on behalf of others. People will fight tooth and nail to get justice for themselves and for those who are dear to them. The widow in the parable is clearly a fighter. She is up against an unjust judge, which is a contradiction in terms. She is a vulnerable woman, a widow, who takes on a powerful man, a judge. Yet, in this unequal contest, it is the widow who emerges victorious. She wears down the unjust judge until he gives her what she wants, what she is entitled to. While the judge is depicted in our gospel reading as saying, ‘I must give this widow her just rights, or she will persist in coming and worry me to death’, the more literal translation of ‘worry me to death’ would be ‘give me a black eye’. Jesus sees in this feisty widow a quality that his disciples need. They will need something of her persevering and trusting faith, the kind of faith that remains strong in the face of injustice and rejection. When Jesus asks in his comment on the parable, ‘When the Son of Man comes, will he find any faith on earth?’, he wonders aloud whether he will find people of such combative and enduring faith when he comes at the end of time. Luke’s introduction to Jesus’ parable suggests that such persevering faith, a faith that doesn’t lose heart, is the fruit of continual prayer. The faith that endures to the end is ultimately a gift from God that is given to those who keep opening themselves to receive it in prayer.


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 2018-19: To know the love of Christ by Martin Hogan published by  The Messenger c/f

Liturgical Readings for: Saturday, 16th November, 2019

Sliocht as leabhar hEagna                       18:14-16; 19:6-9
Rinneadh bealach gan bhac den Mhuir Ruaagus agus Bhi siad ag léim timpeall cosúil le huain

Nuair a bhí gach uile ní faoi chiúnas caoin
agus an oíche i lár a mearchúrsa,
léim do bhriathar uilechumhachtach anuas ó na flaithis,
óna chathaoir ríoga, isteach i lár na tíre damnaithe,
mar churadh cruachroíoch
agus claíomh géar do reachta dho-athraithe ina láimh aige.
Nuair a thuirling sé, leath sé an bás ar fud na tíre go léir;
agus theagmhaigh sé fós leis an spéir
d’ainneoin go raibh ina sheasamh ar an talamh.
Óir bhí an chruthaíocht uile á dealbhú féin as an nua
ina nádúr agus ag géilleadh do d’aitheanta
ionas go gcoimeádfaí do chlannsa slán ó dhochar.
moses divides the seaChonacthas an scamall ag caitheamh scáile ar an gcampa
agus talamh tirim ag éirí aníos mar a raibh uisce roimhe sin;
rinneadh bealach gan bhac den Mhuir Rua
agus machaire féarmhar den fharraige fhraochmhar
trínar ghabh an náisiún go léir
a bhí faoi dhídean do láimhe, in aon bhuíon amháin,
tar éis dóibh éachtaí iontacha a fheiceáil.
Ansin bhí siad ag ceáfráil ar nós capall ar féarach,
agus ag léim timpeall cosúil le huain
agus iad do do mholadh, a Thiarna,
mar is tusa a d’fhuascail iad.

Briathar Dé.  

Salm le freagra        Sm 104: 2-3. 36-37.42-43. Rv 5
Freagra                        Cuimhnigí ar na héachtaí a rinne an Tiarna.

1. Bígí ag canadh dó, déanaigí a mholadh;
insígí a éachtaí go léir.
Déanaigí mórtas as a ainm óir is naofa é;
gairdigí, a lucht iarrtha, an Tiarna.          Freagra

2. Bhuail sé gach céadghin ina bhfearann,
céadtoradh a nirt go léir.
Sheol sé amach iad le hór is le hairgead,
gan lagrachán ar bith ina dtreibheanna.  Freagra

3. Óir ba chuimhin leis a bhriathar naofa
a thug sé d’Abrahám, a ghiolla.
Agus sheol sé a phobal amach le gairdeas;
agus a mhuintir thofa le gártha áthais.    Freagra


Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir N. Lúcás      18:1-8
Déanfaidh Dia ceart dá mhuintir thofa féin

persistence 1San am sin dúirt Íosa parabal leo á chur i gcéill nárbh fholáir dóibh bheith ag guí de ghnáth gan bheith cortha de choíche: “Bhí, i gcathair áirithe, breitheamh nach raibh eagla Dé air ná beann ar dhuine aige. Bhí baintreach sa chathair sin freisin agus bhíodh sí ag teacht chuige, ag rá: ‘Déan ceart dom in aghaidh fhear mo chúisithe,’ ach níorbh áil leis é seal aimsire; ach sa deireadh dúirt sé ina aigne: ‘Más ea féin nach bhfuil eagla Dé orm ná beann ar dhuine agam, ina dhiaidh sin, de chionn go mbíonn an bhaintreach seo do mo bhuaireamh, déanfaidh mé ceart di, le heagla go mbeadh sí ag teacht go deo ag crá mo chinn.’”

Agus dúirt an Tiarna: “Éistigí leis an mbreitheamh éagórach, a ndeir sé! Agus an ea nach ndéanfaidh Dia ceart dá mhuintir thofa féin a bhíonn ag éamh air de lá is d’oíche, agus eisean ag déanamh foighne ina gcás? Deirim libh, déanfaidh sé ceart go grod. Ach nuair a thiocfaidh Mac an Duine, an bhfaighidh sé creideamh ar an talamh?”

Soiscéal Dé.

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Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 17th November, 2019


A reading from the Book of Malachi        3:19-20
For you the sun of righteousness will shine out.

The day is coming now, burning like a furnace; and all the arrogant and the evil-doers will be like stubble. The day that is coming is going to burn them up, says the Lord, leaving them neither root nor stalk. But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness will shine out with healing in its rays.

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm       Ps 97
Response                            The Lord comes to rule the peoples with fairness.

1. Sing psalms to the Lord with the harp
    with the sound of music.
    With trumpets and the sound of the horn
    acclaim the King, the Lord.                 Response

2. Let the sea and all within it, thunder;
    the world, and all its peoples.
    Let the rivers clap their hands
    and the hills ring out their joy
    at the presence of the Lord.                 Response

3. For the Lord comes,
    he comes to rule the earth.
    He will rule the world with justice
    and the peoples with fairness.             Response


A reading from the second letter of St Paul to the Thessalonians       3:7-12
Do not let anyone have any food if he refused to do any work.

You know how you are supposed to imitate us: now we were not idle when we were with you, nor did we ever have our meals at anyone's table without paying for them; no, we worked night and day, slaving and straining, so as not to be a burden on any of you. This was not because we had no right to be, but in order to make ourselves an example for you to follow.

We gave you a rule when we were with you: not to let anyone have any food if he refused to do any work. Now we hear that there are some of you who are living in idleness, doing no work themselves but interfering with everyone else's. In the Lord Jesus Christ, we order and call on people of this kind to go on quietly working and earning the food that they eat.

The Word of the Lord

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

Or                                             Lk 21: 28
Alleluia, alleluia!
Stand erect, hold your heads high, because your liberation is near at hand'.


A reading from the Gospel according to Luke       21:5-19
Your endurance will win you your lives.

2nd coming
When some were talking about the Temple, remarking how it was adorned with fine stonework and votive offerings, Jesus said, 'All these things you are staring at now-the time will come when not a single stone will be left on another: everything will be destroyed'. And they put to him this question: 'Master,' they said 'when will this happen, then, and what sign will there be that this is about to take place?'

'Take care not to be deceived,' he said 'because many will come using my name and saying, "I am he" and, "The time is near at hand". Refuse to join them. And when you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be frightened, for this is something that must happen but the end is not so soon.' Then he said to them, 'Nation will fight against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes and plagues and famines here and there; there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.

'But before all this happens, men will seize you and persecute you; they will hand you over to the synagogues and to imprisonment, and bring you before kings and governors because of my name - and that will be your opportunity to bear witness. Keep this carefully in mind: you are not to prepare your defence, because I myself shall give you an eloquence and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to resist or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relations and friends; and some of you will be put to death. You will be hated by all men on account of my name, but not a hair of your head will be lost. Your endurance will win you your lives.

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 November, 2019

Slíocht as leabhar Malaci        3:19-20
Soilseoidh grian na ffréantachta oraibh.

Féach, tá an lá ag teacht, agus é ar dearglasadh mar fhoirnéis, a mbeidh na scigirí uile agus lucht déanta an oilc go léir mar choinleach, agus ídeoidh an lá atá le teacht iad sa chaoi nach bhfágfaidh sé fréamh ná craobh acu, a deir Tiarna na Slua.

Ach, maidir libhse, a thugann ómós do m’ainm, éireoidh oraibh grian na fíréantachta, bhfuil íocshláinte ina gathanna aici.

Briathar Dé

Salm le Freagra         Sm 97
Freagra                         Tá an Tiarna ag teacht  a rialú na náisiún go cothrom.

I. Canaigí sailm don Tiarna leis an gcruit
   agus le fuaim na cláirsí.
   Tugaigí gárthale fuaim stoic is adhairce
   don Tiarna, ár Rí.                                              Freagra

2. Bíodh an fharraige agus a bhfuil inti ag búirthí
    an domhan agus a maireann ann.
    Bíodh na haibhneacha ag bualadh a mbos;
    déanadh na sléibhte gairdeas
    i bhfianaise an Tiarna atá ag teacht
    a rialú na cruinne.                                            Freagra

3. Déanfaidh sé an domhan a rialú go cóir
    agus na náisiúin go cothrom.                         Freagra


Slíocht as dara litir Naomh P0l chuig na Teasalónaigh       3:7-12
An té nach bhfuil fonn oibre air, ná caitheadh sé bia ach oiread.

A bhráithre, tá a fhios agaibh féin cad atá agaibh le déanamh chun aithris a dhéanamh orainne. Ní raibh aon díomhaointeas orainne fad a bhíomar in bhur measc, ná níor ghlacamar cothú in aisce ó dhuine ar bith. Is amhlaidh a bhímis ag obair le dua agus saothar, de lá is d’oíche, ar shlí nach mbeimis inár muirín ar dhuine ar bith agaibh. Ní hé nach bhfuilimid i dteideal ár gcoda ach d’fhonn sampla a thabhairt daoibhse chun go leanfadh sibh ár lorg.

Go deimhin nuair a bhíomar in bhur measc, seo é an foláireamh a thugaimis daoibh: “An té nach bhfuil fonn oibre air, ná caitheadh sé bia ach oiread.” Tá sé á chloisteáil againn go bhfuil daoine áirithe oraibh a chaitheann a saol go díomhaoin, gan aon ní acu á dhéanamh ach a ladar a chur i ngnó daoine eile. Táimid ag tabhairt foláirimh dá leithéidí sin agus ag moladh dóibh in ainm an Tiarna Íosa Críost, bheith ag obair go ciúin dóibh féin agus a gcuid bia féin a ithe.

Briathar Dé.

Alleluia Véarsa             Lc  21: 36   
Alleluia, alleluia!
Bígí gach uile thráth do bhur bhfaire féin agus ag guí chun go mbeadh sibh ag seasamh díreach os comhair Mhac an Duine.”


Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir N. Lúcás :21:5-19
Is le bhur mbuanseasamh a ghnóthóidh sibh bhur n-anamacha.

2nd comingSan am sin nuair a bhí daoine áirithe á rá mar gheall ar an Teampall go raibh sé maisithe le clocha breátha agus le tíolaicí dúthrachta, dúirt Íosa: “A bhfuil le feiceáil ansin agaibh – tiocfaidh na laethanta nach bhfágfar cloch ar mhuin cloiche nach leagfar anuas.” D’fhiafraigh siad de ansin: “Más ea, a Mháistir, cén uair a thitfidh an méid sin amach, agus cad is comhartha ar na nithe sin a bheith ag teacht?”

Dúirt sé: “Bígí aireach agus ná cuirtear amú sibh; óir tiocfaidh mórán i m’ainmse ag rá: ‘Is mise é’; agus: ‘Tá an t-am in achmaireacht.’ Ná téigí ina ndiaidh. Nuair a chluinfidh sibh caint ar chogaí agus ar cheannaircí, ná glacaigí scéin, óir ní foláir na nithe sin a theacht ar dtús, ach ní bheidh an deireadh ann chomh luath sin.” Dúirt sé leo ansin: “Éireoidh náisiún in aghaidh náisiúin agus ríocht in aghaidh
ríochta. Beidh maidhmeanna móra talún ann, agus gortaí agus plánna anseo is ansiúd; beidh tuartha uafáis ann agus comharthaí móra ón spéir.

Ach roimh an méid sin uile, leagfar lámh oraibh agus géarleanfar sibh, tabharfar ar láimh sibh do na sionagóga agus do na príosúin, seolfar i láthair ríthe agus gobharnóirí sibh mar gheall ar m’ainmse. Is é a thiocfaidh as sin daoibh, go bhféadfaidh sibh fianaise a thabhairt. Dá bhrí sin, bíodh sé de rún agaibh gan ullmhú roimh ré chun bhur gcosanta, óir tabharfaidh mise urlabhra daoibh agus eagna nach bhféadfaidh bhur gcúisitheoirí uile cur ina haghaidh ná a bhréagnú. Tabharfar ar láimh sibh ag bhur dtuismitheoirí féin, fiú amháin, ag bhur ndeartháireacha, ag bhur ngaolta, ag bhur gcairde, agus básófar cuid agaibh, agus beidh fuath ag cách daoibh mar gheall ar m’ainmse; ach ribe de ghruaig bhur gcinn ní mhillfear. Is le bhur mbuanseasamh a ghnóthóidh sibh bhur n-anamacha.

Soiscéal Dé

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