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Thought for today Saint of the day Today's Readings Sunday's Readings
Thought for today

Recognizing His Voice.


Although we recognize the importance of good leadership in society, we actually do a lot of following. We follow people and organizations on social media, and our choices and concerns are influenced by the news stories and trends that we follow. Many of us are dedicated to following sports teams. It is therefore fair to say that followership is definitely part of our lives.

As a result of all the following that we do, a lot of mixed messages can hover around us. But Jesus’s wish for us is that He is the main one we follow, and we need to tune into His voice. God often speaks to us – messages may come through nature, Scripture, dreams, our communal and sacramental lives and in the whispers deep in our hearts. We are invited to trust and to transform. Ultimately, we should have a habit of listening to Jesus so that we can discern what is of God and what is not. We are called to know Jesus so well that we can recognize his voice and follow him above everything else.

Deirdre Powell

Source: Living Faith, Daily Catholic Devotions (adapted).
Saint of the day

Apr 30 - St Pius V (1504-72)

Pius V 2St Pius V (Antonio/Michaele Ghislieri OP) cleaned up corruption in the papal court, and standardised the training of priests, the liturgy and canon law according to the reforms of the Council of Trent. A more controversial aspect of his papacy was his excommunication of Queen Elizabeth I in 1570 which led to many martyrdoms in England and Ireland. Patrick Duffy outlines his life.

Early career
Born Antonio Ghislieri, of humble origins, near Alessandria in northern Italy, he worked as a shepherd before joining the Dominicans at the age of 14 and took the name Michael. A keen student, he was ordained in 1528 and for sixteen years taught philosophy and theology at Pavia university. He then joined the Inquisition, of which in 1558 he was made the head, meanwhile becoming a bishop and cardinal.

Reforming pope
In the papal election of 1566 Charles Borromeo successfully lobbied for Ghislieri as a reforming pope. Pius V soon drastically reduced the papal court, stopped nepotism in the appointment of cardinals and imposed strict sexual morality. He also standardised the form of the Mass promulgating the 1570 edition of the Roman Missal which remained standard for 400 years until the reform of Vatican II. Pope Benedict XVI has recently given permission for this form of the Mass to be used again as an extraordinary form of the Mass.

Excommunicates Queen Elizabeth of England
By the papal bull, Regnans in Excelsis, dated April 27, 1570, he declared Elizabeth I a heretic and released her subjects from their allegiance to her. The second part of this was a less-than-wise excessive claim of papal authority in secular matters. Its effect was to turn Catholics in England and Ireland from religious dissidents to enemies of the state and many had to pay with their lives.

"Holy League" against the Turks
Pope St Pius V persuaded Spain and Venice to join him in a "holy league" against the Ottoman Turks, who at that time controlled the Mediterranean. With Don John of Austria they defeated the Turks at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. Pius attributed the victory to Our Lady and this led to the cult of Our Lady of Victories and the establishment of the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on 7th October.

 Pope Francis prays at the relics St Pius V in the basilica church of St Mary Major

Death and memory

Pius was popular with the Romans who admired his inflexible integrity.

He died in 1572 and in 1588 his remains were laid in a magnificent tomb in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major.

He was beatified in 1672 and canonised in 1712.
Today's Readings
FIRST READING:       Acts of the Apostles 16:1-10
Come across to Macedonia and help us.

From Cilicia Paul went to Derbe, and then on to Lystra. Here there was a disciple called Timothy, whose mother was a Jewess who had become a believer; but his father was a Greek. The brothers at Lystra and Iconium spoke well of Timothy, and Paul, who wanted to have him as a travelling companion, had him circumcised. This was on account of the Jews in the locality where everyone knew his father was a Greek.

As they visited one town after another, they passed on the decisions reached by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem, with instructions to respect them.

So the churches grew strong in the faith, as well as growing daily in numbers.

They travelled through Phrygia and the Galatian country, having been told by the Holy Spirit not to preach the word in Asia. When they reached the frontier of Mysia they thought to cross it into Bithynia, but as the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them, they went through Mysia and came down to Troas.

One night Paul had a vision: a Macedonian appeared and appealed to him in these words, 'Come across to Macedonia and help us.' Once he had seen this vision we lost no time in arranging a passage to Macedonia, convinced that God had called us to bring them the Good News.

Responsorial Psalm  Ps 99
Response:                      Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Or                                      Alleluia!

1. Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Serve the Lord with gladness.
Come before him, singing for joy.              Response

2.  Know that he, the Lord, is God.
He made us, we belong to him,
we are his people, the sheep of his flock. Response

3.  Indeed, how good is the Lord,
eternal his merciful love.
He is faithful from age to age.                   Response

Gospel Acclamation     

Alleluia, alleluia!
The Lord, who hung for us upon the tree,
has risen from the tomb.

or                                      Col 3:1

Alleluia, alleluia!
Since you have been brought back to true life with Christ,
you must look for the things that are in heaven where Christ is,
sitting at God's right hand.

GOSPEL                          John 15:18-21
You do not belong to the world,  because my choice withdrew you from the world.

Jesus said to his disciples:

'If the world hates you,
remember that it hated me before you.
If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own;
but because you do not belong to the world,
because my choice withdrew you from the world,
therefore the world hates you.
Remember the words I said to you:
A servant is not greater than his master.
If they persecuted me, they will persecute you too;
if they kept my word, they will keep yours as well.
But it will be on my account that they will do all this,
because they do not know the one who sent me.'

Taken from THE JERUSALEM BIBLE, published and copyright 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House Inc, and used by permission of the publishers.
AN CHÉAD LÉACHT:              Gníomhartha na nAspal 16:1-10
Tar anall go dtí an Mhacadóin agcabhrú linn.

Lean Pól go Deirbé agus as sin go Liostra. Bhí deisceabal ansiúd darbh ainm Tiomóid. Giúdach ab ea a mháthair agus í tar éis iompú chun an chreidimh agus Gréagach ba ea an t-athair. Bhí ardmheas ag bráithre Liostra agus Iocoiniam ar Thiomóid agus ba mhaith le Pól go rachadh sé lena chois. Thóg sé é dá bhrí sin agus rinne sé é a thimpeallghearradh ar mhaithe leis na Giúdaigh a mhair sna críocha sin, mar bhí a fhios acu go léir gur Gréagach a athair.

Ag gabháil dóibh ó bhaile go baile, thug siad don phobal na reachta a bhí déanta ag na haspail agus ag na seanóirí in Iarúsailéim agus dúirt leo iad a choimeád. Sa tslí sin bhí na hEaglaisí á ndaingniú sa chreideamh agus ag dul i líonmhaire ó lá go lá. Ghabh siad trí dhúiche Fhrigia agus Ghalaite ach ní ligfeadh an Spiorad Naomh dóibh an dea-scéal a fhógairt san Áise. Ar theacht dóibh go dtí teorainn Mhisia, bhí siad ag iarraidh dul isteach i mBitinia ach ní ligfeadh Spiorad Íosa ann iad. Ghluais siad leo thar Mhisia dá bhrí sin agus síos go Tróas.

Bhí aisling ag Pól ann oíche amháin: bhí fear ón Macadóin ina sheasamh ann, ag impí air agus ag rá:“Tar anall go dtí an Mhacadóin ag cabhrú linn.”

Ní túisce a chonaic sé an aisling ná chuireamar faoi réir le dul go dtí an Mhacadóin mar gur thuigeamar as go raibh glaoite ag Dia orainn chun an dea-scéal a fhógairt ann dóibh.

Salm le freagra                     Sm 99
Freagra :                                           Gairdígí don Tiarna, a thíortha uile.
Malairt le freagra                      Alleluia!

1. Gairdígí don Tiarna, a thíortha uile;
fónaigí don Tiarna go lúcháireach.
Tagaigí ina láthair le hamhráin áthais.             Freagra 

2. Bíodh a fhios agaibh gurb é an Tiarna is Dia ann.
Eisean a rinne sinn; is leis féin sinn.
Sinne a phobal agus caoirigh a pháirce.          Freagra 

3. Nach maith é go deimhin an Tiarna;
maireann a bhuanghrá go brách.
Is dílis é ó ghlúin go chéile.                                  Freagra 

AN SOISCÉAL :                Eoin 15:18-21
Nach den saol sibh ach go ndearna mise sibh a thoghadh as an saol

an am sin dúirt Íosa lena dheisceabail

“Má thugann an saol fuath daoibh,
bíodh a fhios agaibh gur thug sé fuath domsa romhaibh.
Dá mba den saol sibh
bheadh cion ag an saol ar a chuid féin.
Ach de bhrí nach den saol sibh
ach go ndearna mise sibh a thoghadh as an saol,
uime sin atá fuath ag an saol daoibh.
Cuimhnígí ar an bhfocal a dúirt mé libh:
‘ Níl aon seirbhíseach níos mó ná a mháistir.
Má rinne siad géarleanúint ormsa,
déanfaidh siad géarleanúint oraibhse chomh maith.
Má choinnigh siad mo bhriatharsa,
coinneoidh siad bhur mbriatharsa chomh maith.
Ach déanfaidh siad na nithe seo go léir libh,
ar son m’ainmse,
mar nach raibh aithne acu ar an té a chuir uaidh mé.

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Sunday's Readings
FIRST READING             Acts of the Apostles 15:1-2. 22-29
It has been decided by the Holy Spirit and by ourselves not to saddle you with any burden beyond these essentials

Some men came down from Judaea and taught the brothers, 'Unless you have yourselves circumcised in the tradition of Moses you cannot be saved'. This led to disagreement, and after Paul and Barnabas had had a long argument with these men it was arranged that Paul and Barnabas and others of the church should go up to Jerusalem and discuss the problem with the apostles and elders.

Then the apostles and elders decided to choose delegates to send to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; the whole church concurred with this. They chose Judas known as Barsabbas and Silas, both leading men in the brotherhood, and gave them this letter to take with them:

'The apostles and elders, your brothers, send greetings to the brothers of pagan birth in Antioch, Syria and Cilicia. We hear that some of our members have disturbed you with their demands and have unsettled your minds. They acted without any authority from us; and so we have decided unanimously to elect delegates and to send them to you with Barnabas and Paul, men we highly respect who have dedicated their lives to the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accordingly we are sending you Judas and Silas, who will confirm by word of mouth what we have written in this letter. It has been decided by the Holy Spirit and by ourselves not to saddle you with any burden beyond these essentials: you are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols; from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from fornication. Avoid these, and you will do what is right. Farewell.'

Responsorial Psalm     Ps 66
Response                          Let the peoples praise you, 0 God;
let all the peoples praise you.
or                                        Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

1. O God, be gracious and bless us
and let your face shed its light upon us.
So will your ways be known upon earth.
and all nations learn your saving help.    Response

2. Let the nations be glad and exult
for you rule the world with justice.
With fairness you rule the peoples,
you guide the nations on earth.                Response

3. Let the peoples praise you, 0 God;
let all the peoples praise you.
May God still give us his blessing
till the ends of the earth revere him.       Response

SECOND READING        Apocalypse 21:10-14. 22-23
He  showed me the holy city, coming down from God out of heaven.

In the spirit, he took me to the top of an enormous high mountain and showed me Jerusalem, the holy city, coming down from God out of heaven. It had all the radiant glory of God and glittered like some precious jewel of crystal-clear diamond. The walls of it were of a great height, and had twelve gates; at each of the twelve gates there was an angel, and over the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel; on the east there were three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates. The city walls stood on twelve foundation stones, each one of which bore the name of one of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

I saw that there was no temple in the city since the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb were themselves the temple, and the city did not need the sun or the moon for light, since it was lit by the radiant glory of God and the Lamb was a lighted torch for it.

Gospel Acclamation       Jn 14: 23

Alleluia, alleluia!
Jesus said: 'If anyone loves me he will keep my word,
and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him.

THE GOSPEL                   John 14:23-29
The Holy Spirit, will  remind you of all I have said to you.

Jesus said to his disciples:

'If anyone loves me he will keep my word,
and my Father will love him,
and we shall come to him
and make our home with him.
Those who do not love me do not keep my words.
And my word is not my own:
it is the word of the one who sent me.
I have said these things to you
while still with you;
but the Advocate, the Holy Spirit,
whom the Father will send in my name,
will teach you everything
and remind you of all I have said to you.
Peace I bequeath to you,
my own peace I give you,
a peace the world cannot give,
this is my gift to you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.
You heard me say:
I am going away, and shall return.
If you loved me you would have been glad to know that I am going to the Father,
for the Father is greater than I.
I have told you this now before it happens,
so that when it does happen you may believe.

Taken from THE JERUSALEM BIBLE, published and copyright 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and Doubleday, a division of Random House Inc, and used by permission of the publishers.
AN CHÉAD LÉACHT      Gníomhartha na nAspal 15:1-2. 22-29
Tá beartaithe ag an Spiorad Naomh agus againn féin gan aon ualach breise a leagan oraibh ach an méid seo atá riachtanach

Tháinig daoine anuas ó Iúdáia agus thosaigh siad ag teagasc na mbráithre: “Mura ndéantar sibh a thimpeallghearradh de réir ghnás Mhaois,” ar siad, “ní féidir bhur slánú.”Bhí aighneas agus argóint fhada ag Pól agus ag Barnabas leo, agus shocraigh siad go rachadh Pól agus Barnabas agus roinnt eile acu go Iarúsailéim chun dul I gcomhairle leis na haspail agus leis na seanóirí faoin gceist seo.

Ansin shocraigh na haspail agus na seanóirí agus an Eaglais ar fad ar dhaoine áirithe acu féin a thoghadh agus a chur go hAintíoch in éineacht le Pól agus le Barnabas. Agus chuir siad beirt a raibh ardchéim acu i measc na mbráithre, Iúdás ar a dtugtaí Barsabas agus Síleas. Thug siad dóibh an litir: “Beatha agus sláinte ó na bráithre idir aspail agus sheanóirí, chun na mbráithre de bhunadh págánach atá in Aintíoch agus sa tSír agus sa tSiléis. Is clos dúinn go ndeachaigh daoine áirithe dár muintirne amach chugaibh agus go ndearna siad sibh a bhuaireamh agus bhur n-aigne a shuaitheadh lena gcuid teagaisc agus gan aon údarás acu uainne. Bheartaíomar dá bhrí sin nár mhiste dúinn teacht le chéile agus teachtaí a thoghadh agus iad a chur chugaibh in éineacht lenár mbráithre ionúine Pól agus Barnabas, beirt a bhfuil a n-anam curtha sa bhfiontar acu ar son ainm ár dTiarna Íosa Críost. Dá réir sin táimid ag seoladh Iúdáis agus Shíleas chugaibh agus tabharfaidh siadsan an tuairisc chéanna ó bhéal daoibh. Tá beartaithe ag an Spiorad Naomh agus againn féin gan aon ualach breise a leagan oraibh ach an méid seo atá riachtanach: sibh a staonadh ó nithe íobartha agus ó fhuil agus nithe tachtaithe agus ón bposadh coil. Má staonann sibh ó na nithe seo, beidh an ceart á dhéanamh agaibh. Slán agaibh.”

Freagra :                           Go mola na ciníocha thú, a Dhia;
go mola na ciníocha go léir thú.
Malairt Freagra :         Alleluia

1. Bí trócaireach linn, a Dhia, agus beannaigh sinn;
taispeáin dúinn solas do ghnúise,
chun go n-aithnítear do shlí ar talamh
agus do shlánú i measc na náisiún uile.  Freagra

2. Go ndéana na náisiúin lúcháir agus gairdeas
toisc go rialaíonn tú an domhan go fíréanta.
Rialaíonn tú na ciníocha le cothromas;
treoraíonn tú na náisiúin ar talamh.      Freagra

3. Go mola na ciníocha thú, a Dhia;
go mola na ciníocha go léir thú.
Go mbeannaí ar nDia i gcónaí sinn,
gurab eagal le críocha na cruinne é.      Freagra

AN DARA LÉACHT         Apacailipsis 21:10-14. 22-23
Thaispeáin sé an chathair bheannaithe dom agus í ag tuirlingt ó neamh.

Rug an t-aingeal leis mé sa spiorad faoi shliabh mór ard, agus thaispeáin sé Iarúsailéim, an chathair bheannaithe, dom agus í ag tuirlingt ó neamh ó Dhia, agus glóir Dé aici. Ba chosúil a lonradh le cloch rólómhar, mar chloch sheaspair ar ghile an chriostail. Agus múr mór ard ina timpeall, ar a raibh dhá gheata dhéag, agus ar na geataí bhí dhá aingeal déag, agus ainmneacha arna scríobh ar na geataí, ainmneacha dhá threibh dhéag mhac Iosrael; bhí trí gheata ar an taobh thoir, trí gheata ar an taobh thuaidh, trí gheata ar an taobh theas, agus trí gheata ar an taobh thiar. Agus dhá chloch déag bhoinn faoi mhúr na cathrach, agus orthusan dhá ainm déag dháréag aspal an Uain. Ní fhaca mé teampall inti, óir is é an Tiarna Dia Uilechumhachtach, agus an tUan, is teampall aici. Agus ní gá don chathair grian ná gealach chun soilsiú uirthi, mar is í glóir Dé ba sholas di, agus ba é an tUan a lóchrann.

Alleluia Véarsa                Eo 14:23

Alleluia, Alleluia!
Má bhíonn grá ag duine dom, coinneoidh sé mo bhriathar,
agus beidh grá ag m'Athair dó,
agus tiocfaimid chuige,' a deir an Tiarna.

AN SOISCÉAL                 Eoin 14:23-29
Cuirfidh an Spiorad Naomh, i gcuimhne daoibh, ar inis mise daoibh.

San am sin d’fhreagair Íosa a dheisceabail:
“Má bhíonn grá ag duine dom,” ar sé leis,
“coinneoidh sé mo bhriathar,
agus beidh grá ag m’Athair dó,
agus tiocfaimid chuige,
agus déanfaimid cónaí mar aon leis.
An té nach mbíonn grá aige dom,
ní choinníonn sé mo bhriathra.
Ach an briathar a chluineann sibh, ní liom féin é,
ach leis an Athair a chuir uaidh mé.
Tá an méid sin inste agam daoibh,
fad a bhí mé ag fanacht agaibh,
ach an tAbhcóide, an Spiorad Naomh,
a chuirfidh an tAthair uaidh i m’ainmse,
múinfidh seisean an uile ní daoibh,
agus cuirfidh sé i gcuimhne daoibh,
ar inis mise daoibh.
Fágaim síocháin agaibh;
tugaim mo shíocháin daoibh.
Ní thugaim daoibh í mar a thugann an saol í.
Ná bíodh bhur gcroí buartha agus ná bíodh eagla air.
Chuala sibh mé á rá libh:
‘Táim ag imeacht uaibh,
agus tiocfaidh mé ar ais chugaibh.’
Dá mbeadh grá agaibh dom,
bheadh áthas oraibh,
óir táim ag dul go dtí an tAthair,
mar is mó an tAthair ná mise.
Agus anois, tá sé inste agam daoibh,
sula dtiocfaidh sé chun críche, ionas,
nuair a thiocfaidh sé chun críche,
go gcreidfidh sibh.

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