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Thought for today

Forgive them and let it go


An unforgiving attitude may prevent you from moving forward in life. Now may be the time to get serious about forgiving the one who hurt you. You might be tempted to say, “but then they’ll have got away with it.” In fact, they’re not getting away with anything – God is the one who is qualified to judge, you are not.

We should try to do things in such a way that everyone can see we are honourable, such as trying to live in peace with everyone and never taking revenge. We shouldn’t let evil conquer us, rather we should conquer evil by doing good. Sometimes, Satan tries to get us all tied up in knots and steal our peace. It’s best not to let this happen. If someone isn’t nice to you, don’t come down to their level by retaliating – forgive them, and let it go.

Deirdre Powell

Source: The Word for Today, UCB Ireland (adapted)
Saint of the day

Aug 28 - St Augustine of Hippo (354-430) bishop

"You have made us for yourself, O Lord and our heart is restless until it rests in you." This quotation from the beginning of the Confessions of Saint Augustine sums up the intellectual and spiritual journey of this extraordinary man. Patrick Duffy tells his story.

Gus1A Berber with Roman citizenship
Augustine, a Roman African, was born in 354 in Tagaste, North Africa, (in present-day Algeria) to a pagan father named Patricius and a Christian mother named Monica. He may have been a Berber by race but his family name, Aurelius, suggests his family had Roman citizenship from the Edict of Caracalla in 212.

Teenage years: Latin literature and a hedonistic lifestyle
At 11, Augustine was sent to school at Madaurus, a Roman colony, also in present-day Algeria, where he became familiar with Latin literature, came home for two years and then went to study rhetoric in Carthage (in present-day Tunisia). At Carthage he got into a hedonistic lifestyle.

"I came to Carthage, and all around me in my ears were the activities of impure loves. I was not yet in love, but I loved the idea of love" (Confessions 3:51). He began a relationship that lasted thirteen years with a young woman whom he never names: she became his concubine. "It was a sweet thing to be loved, and more sweet still when I was able to enjoy the body of a woman" (Confessions 3:51). She gave birth to his son Adeodatus, who died when he was about eighteen.

Teaching grammar and rhetoric at Tagaste, Carthage, Rome and Milan
After teaching grammar at Tagaste (373-4), Augustine moved to Carthage where he conducted a school of rhetoric for the next nine years (374-383) and then went to Rome. where an introduction to the prefect of the City of Rome, Symmachus, eventually secured him the post of professor of rhetoric at the imperial court at Milan in 384. Although he was interested in Manichaeism, this began to change at Milan, where he became interested in Neoplatonism. His mother Monica had followed him there, persuaded him to put away his concubine and was pressuring him to become a Christian. But it was the bishop of Milan, Ambrose, who had most influence over Augustine. Ambrose was a master of rhetoric like Augustine himself, but older and more experienced.


 Augustine, the convert who changed Church history

He was influenced by reading the life of Saint Anthony of the Desert, who when he read "Go, sell all you have, and give to the poor, and come and follow me", did just that. While experiencing the pulls and tugs of this crisis, Augustine was sitting one day in a garden and heard the voice of a child repeating a chant: Tolle, lege! Tolle, lege! "Take up and read! Take up and read!" Interpreted this as a call from God to take up the Bible, he did so and read from the passage in Romans 13:13-14: "Let us live decently as people do in the daytime: no drunken orgies, no promiscuity or licentiousness, and no wrangling or jealousy. Let your armour be the Lord Jesus Christ; forget about satisfying your bodies with all their cravings." He did not need to read any further. A light of serenity pierced his darkness and all doubt melted away from him (Confessions 8:29).

Baptism and return to Africa
Augustine then formed a lay community near Milan at Cassiciacum. His friend Alypius whom he knew from Tagaste was also a member and both along with Adeodatus were baptised by Ambrose at Easter 387. In August 387 Alypius was in the company of Augustine, Monica, Adeodatus, Navigius (the brother of Augustine) and Evodius (a North African companion) when they travelled to the port of Ostia with the intention of sailing back to North Africa to establish a lay community at Tagaste. Monica, however, died at Ostia on the way and was buried there.

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Bishop of Hippo
Augustine and Alypius lived a community life for a while at Tagaste (388-391). His friend Possidius, who later wrote a life of Augustine, was also a member of that community and later bishop of Calama. But this community life ended unexpectedly when Augustine was pressed into priesthood by the aging bishop and community at Hippo. Five years later he became bishop of Hippo. Alypius too became a priest and became bishop of Tagaste, where he remained till his death in 430. Augustine lived a monastic or community life at the episcopal residence in Hippo.

Synods, sermons, writings, and letters
The next thirty years were turbulent for the Church: the Vandals were destroying the Latin culture; the city of Rome was losing its influence; and there were controversies with the heresies of Donatism and Pelagianism in the Church of North Africa. Bishop Augustine spent a lot of time attending synods and meetings of bishops in Carthage and other cities of North Africa. He also wrote many letters both within and outside Africa. The range of his writings is vast: the two best known works are his Confessions, an account of his own path to God and The City of God, which was occasioned by the fall of Rome to Alaric and the Visigoths in 410. But there are also Expositions on the Psalms, and works On the Trinity, On Grace and Free Will, On Original Sin and a host of others.

Augustine was seventy-six when the Vandals came through Gaul and Spain to North Africa and were at the gate of the city of Hippo as he lay dying inside and they took it over as their capital after he died. His mortal remains were taken first to Sardinia and then to Pavia in Lombardy, northern Italy, where they can still be seen today. Along with Saints Jerome, Ambrose, and Gregory the Great he is regarded as one of the four doctors of the Western Church.

The vastness of his theological work and the fact that it was catalogued and preserved has meant that every generation of Christian thinking has been able to be in dialogue with the issues he treated right up to the present day. Pope Benedict, who in 1953 wrote his doctoral thesis on "The People and the House of God in Augustine's Doctrine of the Church", dedicated three catecheses on Augustine and his spirituality at his Wednesday audiences in January 2008 that are well worth reading.
Today's Readings
28th Friday of the 21st Week in Ordinary Time St Augustine, bishop and doctor of the Church.Memorial, 354—430. Bishop of Hippo, where he lived with a community until his death. His theological influence has been most significant in the Church, especially on the understandingof God’s grace. Patron of theologians.
Scriptural Themes
Paul calls for an improvement in the community's sexual ethics. Jesus reiterates his message of watchfulness.

FIRST READING:               1Thessalonians 4:1-8
What God wants is for you to be holy.

Brothers, we urge you and appeal to you in the Lord Jesus to make more and more progress in the kind of life that you meant to live: the life that God wants, as you learnt from us,  as you are already living it. You have not forgotten the instructions we gave you on the authority of the Lord Jesus.Free from sexsin

What God wants is for you all to be holy. He wants you to keep away from fornication, and each one of you to know how to use the body that belongs to him in a way that is holy, honourable, not giving way to selfish lust like the pagans who do not know God. He wants nobody at all ever to sin by taking advantage of a brother in these matters; the Lord always punishes sins of that sort, as we told you before and assured you. We have been called by God to be holy, not to be immoral; in other words, anyone who objects is not objecting to a human authority, but to God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.

Responsorial Psalm          Ps 96
Response                               Rejoice, you just, in the Lord.

1. The Lord is king, let earth rejoice,
the many coastlands be glad.
Cloud and darkness are his raiment;
his throne, justice and right.                     Response

2. The mountains melt like wax
before the Lord of all the earth.
The skies proclaim his justice;
all peoples see his glory.                             Response

3. The Lord loves those who hate evil:
he guards the souls of his saints;
he sets them free from the wicked.           Response

4. Light shines forth for the just
and joy for the upright of heart.
Rejoice, you just, in the Lord;
give glory to his holy name.                        Response

Gospel Acclamation           Ps 129: 5

Alleluia, alleluia!
My soul is waiting for the Lord,
I count on his word.

or                                                 Lk 21: 36

Alleluia, alleluia!
Stay awake, praying at all times
for the strength to stand with confidence
before the Son of Man.

GOSPEL:                                  Matthew 25:1-13
Jesus reiterates his message of watchfulness.

Jesus said to his disciples: 'Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this: Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were sensible: the foolish ones did take their lamps, but they brought no oil, whereas the sensible ones took flasks of oil as well as their lamps.Tten bridsmaidshe bridegroom was late, and they all grew drowsy and fell asleep. But at midnight there was a cry, "The bridegroom is here! Go out and meet him." At this, all those bridesmaids woke up and trimmed their lamps, and the foolish ones said to the sensible ones, "Give us some of your oil: our lamps are going out." But they replied, "There may not be enough for us and for you; you had better go to those who sell it and buy some for yourselves." They had gone off to buy it when the bridegroom arrived. Those who were ready went in with him to the wedding hall and the door was closed. The other bridesmaids arrived later. "Lord, Lord," they said, "open the door for us. " But he replied, "I tell you solemnly, I do not know you." So stay awake, because you do not know either the day or the hour.'


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:         1Teasalónaigh 4:1-8
Is é is toil le Dia go mbeadh sibh naofa.

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A bhráithre, fuair sibh le fios uainne conas ba chóir daoibh bhur saol a thabhairt chun Dia a shásamh agus tá sibh ag déanamh amhlaidh cheana. Táim á iarraidh d’achainí anois oraibh in ainm an Tiarna Íosa, déanamh níos fearr fós. Tá a fhios agaibh cad iad na treoracha a thugamar daoibh ar údarás an Tiarna Íosa.

, go seachnódh sibh an drúis, go dtuigfeadh gach duine agaibh conas a chorp a choimeád go naofa agus faoi urraim agus gan a bheith tugtha do na paisin ainrianta ar nós na bpágánach nach bhfuil aon aithne ar Dhia acu; ógan éagóir ná calaois a dhéanamh ar bhráthair i gcúis dlí, mar go n-agraíonn an Tiarna na nithe sin uile ar dhaoine faoi mar a dúramar agus mar a dhearbhaíomar daoibh cheana. Ní chun na neamhghlaine a ghlaoigh Dia sinn ach chun na naofachta. Más ea, an té a dhiúltaíonn don teagasc seo, ní do dhaoine a dhiúltaíonn sé ach do Dhia a thugann a Naomh-Spiorad daoibh.

Salm le freagra
                    Sm 96
Freagra :                                  Déanaigí gairdeas sa Tiarna, a fhíréana.

1. Is é an Tiarna is rí, gairdíodh an talamh;
bíodh lúcháir ar na hinsí go léir.
Tá néalta agus dorchacht ina thimpeall;
ceart agus cóir is bonn lena ríchathaoir.           Freagra

2. Tagann leá ar na sléibhte ar nós céarach
i bhfianaise Thiarna na cruinne.
Fógraíonn na flaithis a fhíréantacht;
feiceann na náisiúin go léir a ghlóir.               Freagra

3. Gránn an Tiarna an dream ar gráin leo an t-olc;
déanann sé anamacha a naomh a chosaint,
á bhfuascailt ó láimh na n-éagráifeach.        Freagra

4. Tá solas á nochtadh don fhíréan,
agus lúcháir do lucht an chroí dhírigh.
Déanaigí gairdeas sa Tiarna, a fhíréana;
agus tugaigí buíochas dá ainm naofa.           Freagra

AN SOISCÉAL:                  N.Matha 25:1-13
Chugaibh an fear nuaphósta! Amach libh ina airicis!.

San am sin dúirt Íosa lena dheisceabail: “Is iad dála ríocht na bhflaitheas an uair sin mar a bhí ag deichniúr maighdean a chuaigh amach agus a lampaí acu in airicis an fhir nuaphósta. Cúigear díobh seo, bhí siad gan tuiscint agus bhí an cúigear eile ciallmhar; mar, thug na mná gan tuiscint na lampaí leo agus gan aon ola acu, ach thug na mná ciallmhara ola ina bpróiciní leo chomh maith leis na lampaí. Bhí an fear nuaphósta ag déanamh moille, agus tháinig sámhán orthu uile agus thit siad ina gcodladh. Ach glaodh i lár na hoíche: ‘Chugaibh an fear nuaphósta! Amach libh ina airicis!’ ten bridsmaidsD’éirigh na maighdeana sin uile ina suí agus dheasaigh siad a lampaí. Ach dúirt na mná gan tuiscint leis na mná ciallmhara: ‘Tugaigí?dúinn braon de bhur n-olasa, mar tá ár lampaíne in éag.’ D’fhreagair lucht na céille iad: ‘Le heagla,’ ar siad, ‘nach mbeadh ár ndóthain ann dúinn féin agus daoibhse, b’fhearr daoibhse dul go dtí lucht a díolta á ceannach daoibh féin.’ Bhí siad ag dul á ceannach nuair a tháinig an fear nuaphósta, agus iad seo a bhí ullamh, chuaigh siad isteach in éineacht leis chun na bainise, agus dúnadh an doras. Sa deireadh, tháinig na maighdeana eile freisin: ‘A thiarna, a thiarna,’ ar siad, ‘oscail dúinn!’ Ach d’fhreagair sé agus dúirt: ‘Deirim libh go fírinneach, níl aithne agam oraibh.’ Bígí ag faire, dá bhrí sin, mar níl afhios agaibh an lá ná an uair.

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Sunday's Readings
TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME St Fiacre was an Irishman who went abrood to seek a hermitage. He passed through Normandy and eventually met Foro, who was a great patron of Irish pilgrims at Meaux. Fiachre was given a hermitage near Breuil and there he stayed until his death around 670. His memorial is not celebrated this year.
Scriptural theme
God’s commandments are given as a test or measure of our love for him. They lead us to show love for others. Human laws and observances can narrow us and lead to inhumanity to others.

 Moses and CommandsFIRST READING            Deuteronomy 4:1-2.6-8
Add nothing to what 1 command you, keep the commandments of the Lord .

Moses said to the people: 'Now, Israel, take notice of the laws and customs that I teach you today, and observe them, that you may have life and may enter and take possession of the land that the Lord the God of your fathers is giving you. You must add nothing to what 1 command you, and take nothing from it, but keep the commandments of the Lord your God just as nay them down for you. Keep them, observe them, and they will demonstrate to the peoples laws they will exclaim, "No other people is as wise and prudent as this great nation." And indeed, what great nation is there that has its gods so near as the Lord our God is to us whenever we call to him? And what great nation is there that has laws and customs to match this whole Law that I put before you today?'

RESPONS. PSALM:        Ps 14:2-5.
Response                           The just will live in the presence of the Lord.

1. Lord, who shall dwell on your holy mountain?
He who walks without fault;
he who acts with justice
and speaks the truth from his heart.         Response

2. He who does no wrong to his brother,
who casts no slur on his-neighbour,
who holds the godless in disdain,
but honours those who fear the Lord.     Response

3. He who keeps his pledge, come what may;
who takes no interest on a loan
and accepts no bribes against the innocent.
Such a man will stand firm for ever.        Response

SECOND READING       James 1:17-18.21-22.27
You must do what the word tells you.

It is all that is good, everything that is perfect, which is given us from above; it comes down from the Father of all light; with him there is no such thing as alteration, no shadow of a change.follow-jesus2By his own choice he made us his children by the message of the truth so that we should be a sort of first-fruits of all that he had created.

Accept and submit to the word which has been planted in you and can save your souls. But you must do what the word tells you, and not just listen to it and deceive yourselves.

Pure unspoilt religion, in the eyes of God our Father is this: coming to the help of orphans and widows when they need it, and keeping oneself uncontaminated by the world.

Gospel  Acclamation           Jn 6:63. 68

Alleluia, alleluia!
Your words are spirit, Lord, and they are life:
you have the message of etemal life.

or                                        James 1:18                    

Alleluia, alleluia!
By his own choice he made us his children
by the message of the truth
so that we should be a sort of first-fruits
of all that he had created.

GOSPEL                       Mark 7:1-8. 14-15.21-23
You put aside the commandment of God to cling to human traditions.

The Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered round Jesus, and they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with unclean hands, that is, without washing them. For the Pharisees, and the Jews in general, follow the tradition of the elders and never eat without washing their arms as far as the elbow; and on returnihg from the market place they never eat without first sprinkling themselves. There are also many other observances which nave been handed down to them concerning the washing of cups and pots and bronze dishes. So these Pharisees and scribes asked him, 'Why do your disciples not respect the tradition of the elders but eat their food with unclean hands?' He answered, 'It was of you hypocrites that Isaiah so rightly prophesied in this passage of scripture:hypocrite

This people honours me only with lip-service,
while their hearts are far from me.
The worship they offer me is worthless,
the doctrines they teach are only human regulations.

You put aside the commandment of God to cling to human traditions.

He called the people to him again and said, 'Listen to me, all of you, and understand. Nothing that goes into a man from outside can make him unclean; it is the things that come out of a man that make him unclean. For it is from within, from men's hearts, that evil intentions emerge: fornication, theft, murder, adultery, avarice, malice, deceit, indecency, envy, slander, pride, folly. All these evil things come from within and make a man unclean.''

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.
Moses and CommandsAN CHÉAD LÉACHT          Deotranaimí 4:1-2. 6-8
Ná cuirigí aon bhreis lena n-ordaím daoibh ach coimeádaigí aitheanta an Tiarna

Dúirt Maois leis an bpobal: Más ea, a Iosrael, tabhair aird ar na dlíthe agus na reachtanna a mhúinim daoibh; comhlíonaigí iad i dtreo go mairfeadh sibh agus go rachadh sibh isteach agus seilbh a ghlacadh ar an bhfearann atá an Tiarna, Dia bhur n-aithreacha, á thabhairt daoibh. Ná cuirigí aon bhreis lena n-ordaím daoibh, agus ná bainigí uaidh, ach coimeádaigí aitheanta an Tiarna bhur nDia go beacht mar a ordaím daoibh iad. Coimeádaigí iad agus leanaigí iad, agus taispeánfaidh siad bhur n-eagna agus bhur dtuiscint don saol. Nuair a chluinfidh siad faoi na dlíthe seo go léir, déarfaidh siad: ‘Nach eagnaí agus nach tuisceanach an dream an cine mór seo!’ Agus cén cine mór atá ann a bhfuil a ndéithe chomh gar dóibh agus atá an Tiarna ár nDia dúinne ach glaoch air? Agus cén cine mór a bhfuil comhfhíréan an dlí go léir, a chuir mé romhaibh inniu, de dhlíthe agus de reachtanna acu?

SALM LE FREAGRA.         Sm14
Freagra:                                A Thiarna, cé a dhéanfaidh cónaí i do phuball?

1. Cé a lonnóidh ar do Shliabh Naofa, a Thiarna?
An té a shiúlann gan cháim;
an té a dhéanann firéantacht,
a labhraíonn go díreach óna chroí
agus nach ndéanann tromaíocht lena theanga. Freagra

2. An té nach ndéanann olc dá chomharsa
is nach dtugann masla don duine thall;
an té ar beag aige an drochdhuine
agus ar mór aige aos eagla an Tiarna.                Freagra

3. An té nach ngabhann siar ar a bhriathar,
bíodh gur mhionnaigh sé chun a dhíobhála féin;
an té nach gcuireann a chuid airgid ar úsaireacht
is nach nglacann le breab in aghaidh an neamhchiontaigh.
An té sin a dhéanfaidh amhlaidh,
ní bhainfear dá threoir é go brách.                     Freagra

AN DARA LÉACHT     Séamus 1:17-18. 21.27
Caithfidh sibh an briathar Dé a chur i ngníomh chomh maith.

follow-jesus2A clann ionúin, níl aon dea-thíolacadh, ná aon tabhartas foirfe, nach anuas a thagann sé, ag teacht anuas ó Athair na soilse, nach bhfuil aon mhalartú ina láthair ná aon scáil athraithe. Ghin sé sinn dá dheoin féin trí bhriathar na fírinne ionas go mba céadtoradh ar shlí sinn ar ar chruthaigh sé.

Glacaigí go ceansa le briathar Dé a síoladh ionaibh, an briathar atá in ann bhur n-anam a shlánú. Ná cuirigí dallamullóg oraibh féin; ní hé amháin go gcaithfidh sibh éisteacht leis an mbriathar, caithfidh sibh é a chur i ngníomh chomh maith.

Seo é fíorchleachtadh an chreidimh atá glan agus gan smál i láthair Dé agus an Athar: cuairt a thabhairt ar na dílleachtaí agus ar na baintreacha in am a ngátair agus gan ligean don saol thú féin a thruailliú.

Alleluia Véarsa           Eo 6: 63, 68

Alleluia, alleluia!
Na focail atá ráite agat, a Thiarna, is spiorad agus is beatha iad.
Is agatsa atá briathra na beatha síoraí

AN SOISCÉAL             Marcas 7:1-8. 14-15. 21-23
Fágann sibh aithne Dé agus coinníonn sibh traidisiún na ndaoine.

San am sin na Fairisínigh agus cuid de na scríobhaithe a bhí tar éis teacht ó Iarúsailéim, chruinnigh siad le chéile chuige, agus nuair a chonaic siad go raibh cuid dá dheisceabail ag caitheamh a gcoda le lámha neamhghlana, is é sin, le lámha nach raibh nite – óir, na Fairisínigh agus na Giúdaigh uile, ní chaitheann siad a gcuid gan a lámha a ní, ag coinneáil traidisiún na sinsear; agus an rud a thagann ón margadh, ní itheann siad gan uisce a chroitheadh air, agus tá mórán nithe eile a choinníonn siad ó shinsearacht, cupaí a ní agus corcáin agus soithí práis – d’fhiafraigh na Fairisínigh agus na scríobhaithe de: “Cén fáth nach siúlann do dheisceabail de réir thraidisiún na sinsear ach a gcuid bia a chaitheamh le lámha neamhghlana?” Dúirt sé leo: “Is breá an tairngreacht a rinne Íseáia mar gheall oraibhse, bréagchráifigh, mar atá scríofa:hypocrite
‘ Tugann an pobal seo onóir dom ó bheola
ach is fada uaim atá a gcroí;
is díomhaoin dóibh bheith do m’adhradh
óir níl sa teagasc a mhúineann siad ach aitheanta daonna.’
“Fágann sibh aithne Dé agus coinníonn sibh traidisiún na ndaoine,

Ghlaoigh sé an slua chuige arís agus dúirt sé leo: “Éistigí sibh uile liom agus bainigí meabhair as an méid seo. Níl aon ní lasmuigh den duine a d’fhéadfadh, trí dhul isteach ann, é dhéanamh neamhghlan, ach is iad na nithe a thagann amach as an duine a dhéanann an duine neamhghlan. Óir is ón taobh istigh, amach as croí na ndaoine, a thagann drochsmaointe, bearta drúise, gadaíochtaí, dúnmharuithe, bearta adhaltranais, sainteanna, mallaitheachtaí, cealg, ainriantacht, formad, ithiomrá, díomas, amadántacht. Is ón taobh istigh a thagann na drochnithe sin uile, agus déanann siad neamhghlan an duine.”


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