Ecclesiasticus 15:11

DO NOT SAY: "It was God’s doing that I fell away,” for what he hates he does not do. DO NOT SAY: “He himself has led me astray,” for he has no need of the wicked. Abominable wickedness the LORD hates and he does not let it happen to those who fear him. God in the beginning created human beings and made them subject to their own free choice.
IF YOU CHOOSE, YOU CAN KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS; LOYALTY IS DOING THE WILL OF GOD. Set before you are FIRE and WATER; to whatever you choose, stretch out your hand. Before everyone are LIFE and DEATH, whichever they choose will be given them. Immense is the wisdom of the LORD; mighty in power, HE SEES ALL THINGS. The eyes of God behold his works, and he understands every human deed.
He never commands anyone to sin, nor shows leniency toward deceivers.

28 April 2017

St. Cronan of Roscrea

Saint Cronan was born in Munster and grew up in Clare. When he was old enough, he went with his two brothers Mochoinne and Mobi, to study at various religious houses; Scattery Island and Clonmacnois were among those they visited. When Cronan returned to his native county, he founded a monastery at a very remote spot, Seanruis, where there are still ruins of his settlement to be seen, near Lough Cree, which has since dried up. 

27 April 2017

Lection: Psalm 113

Praise the LORD!

Praise, O servants of the LORD; praise the name of the LORD.

Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time on and forevermore.

From the rising of the sun to its setting the name of the LORD is to be praised.

The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens.

Who is like the LORD our God, who is seated on high,
who looks far down on the heavens and the earth? 

He raises the poor from the dust,
and lifts the needy from the ash heap,
to make them sit with princes,
with the princes of his people. 

He gives the barren woman a home,
making her the joyous mother of children. 

Praise the LORD!

Lection: 1 John 2:18-29

Children, it is the last hour! 

As you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. 

From this we know that it is the last hour. 

They went out from us, but they did not belong to us; 
for if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. 

But by going out they made it plain that none of them belongs to us. 

But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and all of you have knowledge. 

I write to you, not because you do not know the truth,
but because you know it, and you know that no lie comes from the truth. 

Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? 
This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. 
No one who denies the Son has the Father; everyone who confesses the Son has the Father also. 

Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. 

If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, 
then you will abide in the Son and in the Father. 

And this is what he has promised us, eternal life.

I write these things to you concerning those who would deceive you. 

As for you, the anointing that you received from him abides in you, 
and so you do not need anyone to teach you. 

But as his anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, 
and just as it has taught you, abide in him.

And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he is revealed we may have confidence 
and not be put to shame before him at his coming. 

If you know that he is righteous, 
you may be sure that everyone who does right has been born of him.

St. Trudpert

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St. Trudpert monastery complex
Died c. 644. An Irish pilgrim who, upon his return from Rome, began a solitary life in Muenstethal. Here (or at Neumagen) some day-labourers, paid by the local lord to clear an impossible terrain to establish a foundation for Trudpert, became irritated with their hard work, and killed him. Trudpert, therefore, is venerated as a martyr.

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