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Today’s Readings – Saint Kevin, Abbot

St Kevin, Abbot (memorial)

Kevin or Coemghen/Caoimhin (the Fair-begotten and Principal Patron of Dublin Archdiocese) is said to be have been born in 498 into a family which belonged to the Dál Messe Corb, a noble Leinster people who lived in what is now West Wicklow. The story of his life is not felt to be reliable as there is little contemporary material available.

He is said to have been baptised by a St. Crónán and educated by St Petroc, a Briton, during that saint’s stay in Ireland. He studied for the priesthood in Cell na Manach (Killnamanagh). After Bishop Lugidus ordained him priest he left Killnamanagh and set out to find his own hermitage. On arrival in Glendalough (Valley of Two Lakes), in Co. Wicklow, Kevin chose the area of the upper lake and settled on the south sid … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Friday of Week 8 of Ordinary Time - First Reading

Commentary on Sirach 44:1, 9-13

We now come to a section of Sirach, near the end of the book, which is a hymn in honour of the great ancestors of Israel. The eulogy shows how a devout Jew of the second century BC thought of the history of his people.

He recalls two sets of people … Continue


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