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"St Ita, the patron saint of Killeedy, was born before 484AD in County Waterford, in the Tramore area. Her father was Cennfoelad or Confhaola and her mother was Necta. Cennfoelad was descended from Felim the lawgiver. Ita's name was originally Dorothea or Deirdre. She was a member of the Déisí tribe. Ita refused her father's wish that she should marry a local chieftain, as she believed that she had a calling from God and wanted to become a nun. To convince her father to change his mind, she fasted for three days and three nights. On the third night, God gave out to her father in his sleep. The next morning, Cennfoelad agreed that Ita could do as she wished. At the age of sixteen, Ita set off on her journey. Bishop (St.) Declan of Ardmore conferred the veil on her. Legend has it that Ita was lead to Killeedy by three heavenly lights. The first was at the top of the Galtee mountains, the second on the Mullaghareirk mountains and the third at Cluain Creadhail, which is nowadays Killeedy. Her sister Fiona also went to Killeedy with her and became a member of the community. Ita was welcomed to Killeedy by the local chieftain of the Ui Conaill Gabhra tribe. The chieftain wanted to give Ita a large trait of land but she only wanted a few acres as a garden for her community."
Further information about St Ita available on our other posts about the Foster Mother to the Saints of Ireland.
"What do you want with us Jesus of Nazareth?"
The question posed this week by the evil spirit which possessed the man at the synagogue in Capernaum is the question we need to ask this week for each of us. Have sat down and made time and space for to hear the answer to each of us individually.
From Limerick Diocese weekly pastoral newsletter:
In this Sundays Gospel, Jesus speaks with authority in Capernaum. ... . How often have we wondered in these difficult past few years, 'where is our voice now? how can we face those who doubt us? can we ever speak with authority and power in Ireland again'?!?
Jesus authority is grounded totally in his relationship with his Father. This is the only authority available to followers of Jesus Christ - the authority of relationship: a relationship of interdependence & trust
Our authority as church can never come from institution, from role, from title or from history. Our power to pray, bless and heal is not our own. It is Gods, and only when we really allow God to work through us and in us, can we speak and pray and bless with authority.
Like a newly married couple or a pregnant mother: Christians trust that we are loved. That love carries us, inspires us and sets us free to live in honest compassion and dignity. To speak as Jesus spoke. To love as God loves. To be inspired as the Spirit inspires.
- Word on Fire
- Independent Catholic News
- Renewal Ministries
- English Dominicans
- Sunday Reflections
- Centre for Liturgy at St Louisville University
As we enter the beginning of the month of February we take note of Pope Benedict XVI's prayer intentions for the month:
Though the shortest month of the year, February is rich in Liturgical activity, for it typically begins in one Liturgical Season (Ordinary Time), ends in another (Lent), and contains a feast (Presentation of our Lord) that bridges two other seasons (Christmas and Easter)! In addition, the faithful may receive in February three of the four major public sacramentals that the Church confers during the liturgical year: blessed candles, the blessing of throats and blessed ashes.
Saints of the Week
- January 30th - St Aidan (Bishop) - Patron of the Diocese of Ferns
- January 31st - St John Bosco (Priest) - Patron of Youth and founder of the Salesians
- February 1st - St Bridget (Abbess, Virgin) - Secondary Patron of Ireland
- February 2nd - Feast of the Presentation of the Lord