Tom McNulty/ Morning Prayers for Wednesday in the Third week of Lent


On retreat Sr. Bridie told us a fascinating story about a millionaire businessman who had lived a life without faith, but through the grace of Our Lord, had experienced a road to Damascus style conversion to Christianity. A family man,Tom McNulty lived a hard working, hard drinking lifestyle. With all his money he could buy anything he wanted, but he couldn’t buy what he most needed. With his actions against the childrens mother, his wife, and his abusive behaviour towards his childen themselves, he distanced himself from his family to such an extent that some of his own children refused to speak to him or have anything to do with him when they were old enough to have a choice not to.

Then came the day that he opened his heart to God…. and God did fill Tom’s heart. The scales fell from Tom’s eyes in more ways than one and he gave away all that he had, a whole million pounds – (which is more like 2 million if you’re American) and he began travelling from place to place, telling of God’s wonderful work within him.

Now many of us, yes, even we Christians wonder just how much better our lives could be if only we had a winning lottery ticket in our sticky paws…but Tom discovered what many of us have yet to learn, that money can not buy happiness,true happiness can only be found in allowing God to love us and in making that first step of loving Him back.

Because we didn’t have a huge turn out for our retreat, we were each given a copy of Tom’s book, ‘But…there is only One God’ – which can be purchased here. Tom takes no money for his book sales, and he asks that any donations for it be given to the Monastery of Our Lady and St. Joseph, Poor Clare’s Colettines, Ellesmere, Shropshire, England. What a selfless soul? Can you imagine giving away everything you own? Reminds me of the scripture, give away all that you have and come, follow me….

Maybe we won’t all write a book, but we can all learn from Tom’s example of almsgiving and self sacrifice. He gives in a way that many of us would find difficult. Makes you think doesn’t it?

Tom made/donated the plough pictured below, to Coolock Convent. It has a special place in the grounds and hearts of all the sisters there. The caption in the plaque can not be seen clearly in this picture but if I recall correctly (I did not go outside this time at the convent as it was rainy – I took the photo last November) it reads;

But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62


Morning Prayers for Wednesday in the Third week of Lent

O God, come to my aid.
O Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.
Amen.

Psalm 85 (86)
A poor man’s prayer in time of trouble

Turn your ear to me, Lord, and hear me,
for I am poor and destitute.
Keep my life safe, for I am faithful;
O God, save your servant, who trusts in you.

Take pity upon me, O Lord,
for I call to you all the day long.
Make your servant’s heart glad,
for to you, O Lord, I have raised it.
For you, Lord, are gentle and mild:
you are kind to all those who call on you.

Let your ears hear my prayer, O Lord!
Turn to the voice of my pleading!
In my time of trouble I call on you,
for you, O Lord, will hear me.

No other god is like you, O Lord,
and nothing compares with your works.
All people – all nations you made –
will come and worship before you;
they will give glory to your name.
For you are great, you work wonders:
you alone are God.

O Lord, teach me your paths,
and I will come to your truth.
Make my heart simple and guileless,
so that it honours your name.
I will proclaim you, Lord my God,
and give you praise with all my heart.
I will give glory to your name for ever,
for your great kindness is upon me:
you have rescued me from the deepest depths.

O God, the proud rise against me,
in the meetings of the powerful they seek my life:
they do not keep you in their sight.
And you, Lord, are a God of compassion,
full of mercies, patient and true.
Look upon me, have mercy upon me,
give your strength and protection to your servant
your servant, the child of your handmaid.

Give me a sign of your goodness,
let my enemies see it and be confounded;
because you, O Lord, have helped me and given me comfort.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.
Amen.

Canticle Isaiah 33
The Lord will give just judgement

Hear what I have done, you who are far off,
and you who are near, learn of my strength.
In Sion, the sinners are afraid;
the hypocrites tremble.
Which of you could live with a devouring fire?
Which of you will abide in everlasting burning?

He who walks in justice, he who speaks fairly –
he who rejects the spoils of robbery –
he who throws back a bribe –
he who blocks his ears against murderous counsels –
he who shuts his eyes against evil sights –
this is he who will dwell on high, secure in a fortress of rocks.
Bread is given to him; his supply of water is secure.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.
Amen.

Psalm 97 (98)
The Lord has brought salvation

Sing a new song to the Lord,
for he has worked wonders.

His right hand, his holy arm,
have brought him victory.
The Lord has shown his saving power,
and before all nations he has shown his justice.
He has remembered to show his kindness
and his faithfulness to the house of Israel.
The farthest ends of the earth
have seen the saving power of our God.

Rejoice in God, all the earth.
Break forth in triumph and song!
Sing to the Lord on the lyre,
with the lyre and with music.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn,
sound jubilation to the Lord, our king.

Let the sea resound in its fulness,
all the earth and all its inhabitants.
The rivers will clap their hands,
and the mountains will exult at the presence of the Lord,
for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge all the world in justice,
and the peoples with fairness.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.
Amen.

Canticle Benedictus
The Messiah and his forerunner

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, for he has come to his people and brought about their redemption.
He has raised up the sign of salvation in the house of his servant David,
as he promised through the mouth of the holy ones, his prophets through the ages:
to rescue us from our enemies and all who hate us, to take pity on our fathers,
to remember his holy covenant and the oath he swore to Abraham our father,
that he would give himself to us, that we could serve him without fear – freed from the hands of our enemies –
in uprightness and holiness before him, for all of our days.

And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High: for you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare his path,
to let his people know their salvation, so that their sins may be forgiven.
Through the bottomless mercy of our God, one born on high will visit us
to give light to those who walk in darkness, who live in the shadow of death;
to lead our feet in the path of peace.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.
Amen.

Blessed be the Architect of our salvation. It is his will that mankind should be made a new creation in him, that the old order should pass away and that all things should be renewed. Sustained by this living hope, let us pray:
– Renew us, Lord, in your spirit.
Lord, you promised us a new heaven and a new earth: constantly renew us through your Spirit,
so that we may rejoice forever in your presence in the heavenly Jerusalem.
Grant that we may work with you and fill this world with your Spirit,
so that the earthly city may reach its fruition in justice, love and peace.
Make us reject all idleness and apathy
but rejoice in the gifts of heaven.
Free us from evil,
and defend us from trivial distractions that obscure our sight of what is good.

Our Father, who art in Heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those that trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

Lord, grant that we may learn from our Lenten observance and be nourished by your word,
so that we gain control over ourselves,
wholeheartedly devote ourselves to you,
and become forever one in prayer to you.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.
Amen.

May the Lord bless us and keep us from all harm; and may he lead us to eternal life.
Amen.

God Bless you!

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4 Responses to Tom McNulty/ Morning Prayers for Wednesday in the Third week of Lent

  1. Mimi says:

    Beautiful reflection, thank you.

    On a side note, I call our cat, Brigit, Bridie sometimes.

  2. Leann says:

    I enjoyed your post.God bless have a great week.

  3. ukok says:

    Mimi,

    I don’t think I’ve seen a pic of your kitty. I’d like to 😉

    Leann,

    you have a fantastic weekend too…and thanks for your kind words 🙂

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