Fr. Colm O'Mahony

Fr. Colm O’Mahony’s Story

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Originally from Cork, Fr. Colm started out studying and working in Social Science and Social Care. Now, an Augustinian friar based in Drogheda, Co. Louth, one might well ask how Fr. Colm changed course to a life of community and prayer with the Augustinians. Or perhaps it was not that much of a shift! Let us follow the story some more and discover the man that has formed into the friar and the Order that has inspired the man. So, after leaving school in Cork Colm continued his education in UCC for three years, qualifying in Social Science in 1999. This degree opened the door to a life changing experience of working in residential centres for children and for people with specific needs. Working in such an environment comes with its rewards and challenges. As Fr. Colm says, No day was the same; I was working with people who were severely intellectually or physically disabled. Over two years I worked particularly with one young man who was autistic. I had to assist him in all aspects of self-care, social interaction and life skills. I learned so much from him; how a person’s personality can shine through even with such limits and how to communicate and be with someone without having to speak.”
Then something else began to emerge from within Colm’s life and that was a sense of vocation. As St. Augustine might put it, “Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul,” and to dip one’s toe into the waters of any vocation is to step into a whole new world of discovery that will unfold from within and without oneself. So, in 2005 Colm did not just step in, but fully immersed himself in the Augustinian way of community life and rhythm of prayer. His first stop as a student was to Galway before he set off on an adventure of a lifetime and a world tour of the Order over the next few years. He lived, studied, worked and prayed for periods in the USA, Cork, Rome, New Ross and Dublin before eventually moving to Drogheda in 2013…
Discover more of Fr. Colm’s life story by visiting our Friar Profiles Web Page HERE.


Posted Posted in Sunday Gospel Reflection

Mark 9:2 Six days later, Jesus took with
him Peter and James and John, and led
them up a high mountain apart, by
themselves. And he was transfigured
before them, 3 and his clothes became
dazzling white, such as no one on earth
could bleach them. 4 And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who
were talking with Jesus. 5 Then Peter
said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to
be here; let us make three dwellings, one
for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 6 He did not know what to say, for
they were terrified. 7 Then a cloud
overshadowed them, and from the cloud
there came a voice, “This is my Son, the
Beloved; listen to him!” 8 Suddenly
when they looked around, they saw no
one with them any more, but only Jesus.
Mark 9:9 As they were coming down
the mountain, he ordered them to tell no
one about what they had seen, until after
the Son of Man had risen from the
dead. 10 So they kept the matter to
themselves, questioning what this rising
from the dead could mean.

This story is found in the first three
Gospels, but not in the fourth, that
of John. Each Gospel writer
tells it in a subtly different
way according to the
theology of the writer
and the needs of the
community at the
time. Thus for instance, in Luke it becomes a moment of
prayer, in Matthew, an
apocalyptic vision. In
Mark, it is a kind of theophany, specifically a Christophany.


Explore more on this #sundaysgospel with Kieran J. O’Mahony OSA.
Click HERE for You Tube discussion.
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Posted Posted in Sunday Gospel Reflection

Mark 1:12 And the Spirit immediately
drove Jesus out into the wilderness. 13
He was in the wilderness forty days,
tempted by Satan; and he was with the
wild beasts; and the angels waited on

Mark 1:14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming
the good news of God, 15 and saying,
“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom
of God has come near; convert, and
believe in the good news.” (NRSV adjusted)


The accounts of the temptation of Jesus
are found in the first three Gospels. The
version in Mark is the shortest and both
Matthew and Luke offer an expanded
conversation in the form of a rabbinic
debate based on texts from Scripture
(Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13). The
Letter to the Hebrews also preserves a
memory of the testing of Jesus.


Explore more on this #sundaysgospel with Kieran J. O’Mahony OSA.
Click HERE for You Tube discussion.
Click HERE for text notes.


Posted Posted in Sunday Gospel Reflection
Moved with pity, Jesus said to him,
“I do choose. Be made clean!”
Mark 1:40
A leper came to Jesus begging him, and kneeling he said to him,
“If you choose, you can make me
clean.” 41 Moved with pity, Jesus
stretched out his hand and touched him,
and said to him, “I do choose. Be made
clean!” 42 Immediately the leprosy left
him, and he was made clean. 43 After
sternly warning him he sent him away at
once, 44 saying to him, “See that you
say nothing to anyone; but go, show
yourself to the priest, and offer for your
cleansing what Moses commanded, as a
testimony to them.” 45 But he went out
and began to proclaim it freely, and to
spread the word, so that Jesus could no
longer go into a town openly, but stayed
out in the country; and people came to
him from every quarter.
There are two stories here. The first is a
fairly straightforward miracle story,
showing the usual steps. The second
deals with the reaction to the miracle
story and it needs a special comment.
Explore more on this #sundaysgospel with Kieran J. O’Mahony OSA.
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Click HERE for text notes.
Mosaic of Jesus Christ

Sunday’s Gospel

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Mark 1:21 They went to Capernaum;
and when the sabbath came, Jesus entered the synagogue and taught. 22
They were astounded at his teaching, for
he taught them as one having authority,
and not as the scribes. 23 Just then there
was in their synagogue a man with an
unclean spirit, 24 and he cried out,
“What have you to do with us, Jesus of
Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us?
I know who you are, the Holy One of
God.” 25 But Jesus rebuked him, saying,
“Be silent, and come out of him!” 26
And the unclean spirit, convulsing him
and crying with a loud voice, came out
of him. 27 They were all amazed, and
they kept on asking one another, “What
is this? A new teaching—with authority!
He commands even the unclean spirits,
and they obey him.” 28 At once his
fame began to spread throughout the
surrounding region of Galilee.
At the start of the Gospel of Mark, the
reader is fully informed about the identity of Jesus: the Christ, the Son of God.
This insider knowledge places the reader
in an unusual relationship with the actors in the story itself. The reader is not
wondering “who will Jesus turn out to
be?”, but rather, “Will the actors in the
story come to the same insight”…
Explore more on this #sundaysgospel with Kieran J. O’Mahony OSA.
Click HERE for You Tube discussion.
Click HERE for text notes.
The Book: Hearers of the Word

Hearers of the Word by Kieran J O’Mahony OSA

Posted Posted in Augustinians, Books
Lent is an invitation to walk again the journey of renewal and conversion towards the great feasts of Easter and Pentecost.
In Hearers of the Word – Praying and Exploring the Readings, Lent & Holy Week: Year B, Kieran J O’Mahony OSA
maps the readings of Lent and Holy Week, drawing together the story of Jesus’ final days with accompanying commentary, prayer guides and reflections. The prayers and prayer guidance that he provides allow for a multi-dimensional understanding of the Gospel in terms of their historical and theological significance.
Resources that enable people to engage more meaningfully with the readings are a valuable asset in contemplating the scriptures. may be helpful to those involved in Lectio Divina, either individually or in a group. Combining spirituality and contemporary biblical scholarship, it is unique among Gospel commentaries on the market today.
Kieran J O’Mahony OSA is an Augustinian friar and biblical scholar. He is on the team of the Tarsus Scripture School initiative, an online service offering a variety of courses and resources and is well-known for his very popular Weekly Notes – an email resource for each week’s readings throughout the year.
Hearers of the Word is published in Ireland and the UK by Messenger Publications. Priced at €19.95/£18.95
Click HERE for further information.