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Healing Our Broken Hearts.


If you read the obituaries in the paper, there are sometimes brief accolades included with each individual’s name: “beloved husband,” “retired pharmacist”, “fun-loving caretaker of animals”. A lifetime of accomplishment, relationships and passions are captured in these short phrases. Each one is remembered with distinction for a life lived to the best of his or her ability.

Of how many could it also be written: “He worked hard to strengthen his marriage” or “He was first to admit when he was wrong” or “She always healed our family disputes.”

Let us pray: Loving God, help me to repair the gaps in my relationships by first restoring the broken places in my heart.

Compiled by Deirdre Powell

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

Feb 18 - St Colman (605-676)

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Colman was born probably in Connacht, West of Ireland, around 605 and became a monk on  Whitby.  Here he defended the Celtic ritual practices at the Synod of Whitby, but when the decision was that Roman practice would prevail for the sake of unity, he resigned and went first to Iona and then to Inishbofin, Co Galway.   He probably was among the group of monks that went with St Aidan to Lindisfarne in 635.   On the death of Aidan's successor, St Fionán, as abbot-bishop of Lindisfarne, Colman became its third abbot-bishop. Patrick Duffy tells his story.

Third abbot-bishop of Lindisfarne
The Venerable Bede gives a glowing account of the church of Lindisfarne under Saint Colman's rule. He points to the example of frugality and simplicity of living set by Colman and the complete devotion of his clergy to their proper business of imparting the Word of God and ministering to their people.

Synod of Whitby (663/4)
At this time the before mentioned differences between the Celtic and Roman ritual practices, especially about Easter and about the tonsure, were coming to a critical stage with Wilfrid, returned from the continent, now the articulate leader of the faction favouring the Roman method of calculating Easter. This had been introduced earlier by Paulinus and the second group of monks that came to Kent from Rome in 601. WhtbyAt the Synod of Whitby King Oswy of Northumbria ruled that his kingdom would calculate Easter and observe the monastic tonsure according to the customs of Rome, rather than according to the customs practised by Iona and its satellite institutions.

Resignation: return to Iona and Ireland
Colman resigned his abbacy-bishopric and retired, first to Iona and then to Inishbofin off the Connacht coast. All the Irish monks went with him and thirty of the English. But the two groups within the community disagreed, the English complaining that the Irish monks went wandering, preaching around the country and that all the harvest work was left to them. Colman then made a separate foundation for the English monks at what came to be called "Mayo of the Saxons". Its first abbot was an Englishman, St Gerald of Mayo, who lived till 732. See 13th March.

Death and memory
Colman died in comparative obscurity probably around 676. Bede praised the new Irish monastery of the Anglo-Saxon monks, especially the fact that the abbots of Mayo were elected, rather than following Celtic custom as a "hereditary" monastery, but studiously avoided reference to Colman and the Irish monks.
Liturgical Readings for: Monday, 18th February, 2019

A reading from the Book of  Genesis       4:1-15, 25
Cain set on his brother Abel and killed him.

The man had intercourse with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain. 'I have acquired a man with the help of the Lord she said. She gave birth to a second child, Abel, the brother of Cain. Now Abel became a shepherd and kept flocks, while Cain tilled the soil. Time passed and Cain brought some of the produce of the soil as an offering for the Lord, while Abel for his part brought the first-born of his flock and some of their fat as well. The Lord looked with favour on Abel and his offering. But he did not look with favour on Cain and his offering, and Cain was very angry and downcast. The Lord asked Cain, 'Why are you angry and downcast? If you are well disposed, ought you not to lift up your head? But if you are ill disposed, is not sin at the door like a crouching beast hungering for you, which you must master?' Cain said to his brother Abel, 'Let us go out'; and while they were in the open country, Cain set on his brother Abel and killed him.

cain-and-abelThe Lord asked Cain, 'Where is your brother Abel?' 'I do not know' he replied. 'Am I my brother's guardian?' 'What have you done?' The Lord asked. 'Listen to the sound of your brother's blood, crying out to me from the ground. Now be accursed and driven from the ground that has opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood at your hands. When you till the ground it shall no longer yield you any of its produce. You shall be a fugitive and a wanderer over the earth.' Then Cain said to the Lord, 'My punishment is greater than I can bear. See! Today you drive me from this ground. I must hide from you, and be a fugitive and a wanderer over the earth. Why, whoever comes across me will kill me!' 'Very well, then,' the Lord replied 'if anyone kills Cain, sevenfold vengeance shall be taken for him.' So the Lord put a mark on Cain, to prevent whoever might come across him from striking him down.

Adam had intercourse with his wife, and she gave birth to a son whom she named Seth, 'because God has granted me other offspring' she said 'in place of Abel, since Cain has killed him.'

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm      Ps 49
Response                            Pay your sacrifice of thanksgiving to God.

1. The God of gods, the Lord,
has spoken and summoned the earth,
from the rising of the sun to its setting.
'I find no fault with your sacrifices,
your offerings are always before me.'    Response

2. 'But how can you recite my commandments
and take my covenant on your lips,
you who despise my law
and throw my words to the winds.         Response

3. 'You who sit and malign your brother
and slander your own mother's son.
You do this, and should I keep silence?
Do you think that I am like you?'           Response

Gospel  Acclamation       Jn 8: 12
Alleluia, alleluia!
I am the light of the world, says the Lord,
anyone who follows mewill have the light of life.
A lleluia!

Or                                          Mt 4: 23
Alleluia, alleluia!
Jesus proclaimed the Good News of the kingdom
and cured all kinds of sickness among the people.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark         8:11-13
Why does this generation demand a sign?

 Jesus arguesThe Pharisees came up and started a discussion with Jesus; they demanded of him a sign from heaven, to test him. And with a sigh that came straight from the heart he said, 'Why does this generation demand a sign? I tell you solemnly, no sign shall be given to this generation.' And leaving them again and re-embarking he went away to the opposite shore.

The Gospel of the Lord

Gospel Reflection        
Monday      Sixth Week in Ordinary Time        Mark 8:11–13

Mark’s Gospel gives us the most human portrait of Jesus of all the Gospels. Mark makes more frequent reference than any of the other evangelists to the human emotions of Jesus. In  today’s reading, Mark states that Jesus responded to the Pharisees’ request for a sign from heaven ‘with a sigh that came straight from the heart’. That sigh issued forth in a question: ‘Why does this generation demand a sign?’ We can almost sense the frustration and weariness of Jesus in that phrase, ‘with a sigh that came straight from the heart’. The religious quest often takes the form of a search for heavenly signs, a longing for the extra-ordinary and unusual. The Jesus of the Gospels, however, will always redirect us towards the ordinary, such as the sower who goes out to sow his field, the woman who looks for her lost coin, the care given to a stranger on the road from Jerusalem to Jericho, the poor day labourer who unexpectedly finds treasure in his field, the rich merchant who finds the pearl of great price he has always been looking for, children playing games in the marketplace. It is in the ordinary events of daily life that the mystery of God’s kingdom is to be found, because God’s good creation is full of God’s glory.


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 2018/2019; I Want to Know Christ   
by Martin Hogan, published by The Messenger  c/f


Liturgical Readings for: Monday, 18th February, 2019

Sliocht as  Leabhar  Genesis          4:1-15. 25
D’iompaigh Cáin ar Áibil a dheartháir agus mharaigh sé é.

Luigh Ádhamh lena bhean Éabha agus ghabh sí gin agus rug mac, Cáin. “Fuaireas mac,” ar sí, “le cúnamh an Tiarna.” Agus rug sí an dara mac Áibil, deartháir Cháin. Aoire i bhfeighil caorach a ba ea Áibil, ach ag saothrú na talún a bhíodh Cáin. Faoi chionn tamaill thug Cáin cuid de thorthaí na talún mar íobairt don Tiarna, agus thug Áibil mar an gcéanna cuid de chéadghinte a thréada agus dá saill. D’fhéach an Tiarna le fabhar ar Áibil agus ar a íobairt ach níor fhéach sé le fabhar ar Cháin ná ar a íobairtsean. Líon Cáin le fearg agus chuir púic air féin. Chuir an Tiarna ceist ar Cháin: “Cén fáth,” ar sé, “a bhfuil fearg ort agus púic? Má dhéanann tú an mhaith, nach nglacfar leat? Mura ndéana tú an mhaith, nach shin é an peaca ar an tairseach agat agus craos air chugat ach go gcaithfir é a cheansú?” “Téanam amach,” arsa Cáin le hÁibil a dheartháir. Fad bhí siad amuigh, d’iompaigh Cáin ar Áibil a dheartháir agus mharaigh sé é.

cain-and-abelAnsin dúirt an Tiarna le Cáin: “Cá bhfuil Áibil do dheartháir?” “Níl a fhios agam,” ar sé. “An mise coimeádaí mo dhearthár?” “Cad tá déanta agat?” arsa an Tiarna. “Tá guth fhuil do dhearthár ag glaoch orm as an talamh.

Beidh mallacht ort feasta agus tú ar díbirt ón talamh seo a d’oscail a bhéal agus a ghlac fuil do dhearthár ó do láimh. Nuair a shaothróidh tú an talamh ní thabharfaidh sé feasta dá dhícheall duit. Beidh tú i do theifeach agus i d’fhánaí ar talamh.”

Dúirt Cáin leis an Tiarna: “Tá mo phionós thar mo chumas iompair. Seo thú inniu do mo dhíbirt ón talamh seo; rachaidh mé i bhfolach ó do ghnúis; beidh mé i mo theifeach agus i m’fhánaí ar talamh agus an té thiocfaidh orm maróidh sé mé.”

“Cibé más ea,” arsa an Tiarna leis, “a mharóidh Cáin, déanfar é a dhíolt air faoi sheacht.”

Agus chuir an Tiarna marc ar Cháin ionas nach maródh aon duine a thiocfadh air é.

Luigh Ádhamh lena bhean arís, agus rug sí mac ar ar thug sé Séat, mar, a dúirt sí, “Bhronn Dia leanbh eile orm in áit Áibil mar gur mharaigh Cáin é.”

Briathar Dé. 

Salm le Freagra       Sm 49
Freagra                      Toirbhir íobairt an bhuíochais do Dhia.

1. Labhair an Tiarna – is é Dia na ndéithe é –
agus ghair sé chuige an chruinne.
Ó éirí go luí na gréine
Ní de bharr d’íobairtí a cháinim thú:
bíonn do loiscíobairtí i mo láthair de shíor.             Freagra

2. Ach is é a deir Dia leis an bpeacach:
“Cén ceart atá agatsa mo dhlí a fhógairt
agus lán béil a dhéanamh de mo chonradh?
Ó tharla gur fuath leat mo dhlí
agus go ndéanann tú neamhní de mo bhriathra?  Freagra

3. Tugann tú míchlú do bhráthar i do shuí duit,
tromaíonn tú ar mhac do mháthar féin.
Déanann tú amhlaidh, agus an mbeidh mise i mo thost?
An dóigh leat gurb é do dhálasa agamsa é?           Freagra


Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Marcas              8:11-13
Cén fáth a bhfuil an ghlúin seo ag lorg comhartha?

Jesus arguesSan am sin tháinig na Fairisínigh agus thosaigh siad ag argóint le h Íosa, ag lorg comhartha ó na flaithis uaidh, ag baint trialach as. Rinne sé osna dhomhain ina spiorad agus dúirt:

“Cén fáth a bhfuil an ghlúin seo ag lorg comhartha? Deirim libh go fírinneach, ní thabharfar comhartha don ghlúin seo.” D’fhág sé iad agus ar dhul ar bord dó arís chuaigh sé go dtí an taobh eile.

Soiscéal Dé

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