Irish saints III St Ciar?n of Clonmacnoise and hospitality

Catherine Swift

In the final article on Irish saints we look at St Ciar?n of Clonmacnoise, son of a carpenter, who lived his life serving the poor and offering hospitality to travellers. Catherine Swift is a lecturer in Irish Studies at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.

Owe no one anything except to love one another for the one who loves another has fulfilled the Law. The commandments ?You shall not commit adultery; you shall not murder; you shall not steal; you shall not cover? and any other commandment are summed up in this word: ?Love your neighbour as yourself?. Love does no wrong to a neighbour, therefore, love is the fulfilling of the Law.
Romans 13.8-1

The theologian Tarcisius van Bavel1 once pointed out that the Gospel passage which most moved St Augustine, and which he cited over 275 times, is the passage from Matthew?s Gospel (25.31-46) which describes how the Son of Man shall come in glory and separate people out from another as a shepherd separates sheep from goats.

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