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

Nature draws us to God.


If we are alert, each new day or night holds the possibility of discovering another aspect of the Holy One for our faith lives. Aspects of divinity are often considered in the context of nature in the psalms. It is often possible to experience how the natural world draws a person inward to make a connection with the Creator. It teaches us: “You are not alone. You are part of a vast universe held in the Holy One’s embrace.” At night, we witness the brilliance of the stars and recognize our smallness within the immensity of God’s creation. When an early morning sunrise startles us with its richness of colour, our hearts turn easily toward gratitude and hope for the gracious gift of a new day of life. If we remain aware and open, we can be constantly drawn closer to the Author of Life.

Deirdre Powell

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

Sep 27 - St Vincent de Paul, priest (1581-1660)

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During the French Revolution, when rioting mobs broke into the Pantheon in Paris, they smashed all the religious statues but one - that of St Vincent de Paul. He had spoken so movingly about the preciousness of the ordinary person and his image of kindness to the poor was so strong that they could not bring themselves to throw him out with the rest. Founder of the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentian Fathers) and of the Daughters of Charity, he remains today an icon of charity. Patrick Duffy tells his story.

Early life
A peasant by birth, Vincent later came to associate with both the upper and the lower classes of society. Educated by the Franciscans at Dax in the south-west of France, he was ordained when he was only nineteen and four years later (1604) graduated in theology from the University of Toulouse. The story that he was captured by pirates and escaped may be apocryphal. He may have gone to Rome and for some years led the life of an ambitious court chaplain. But around 1608, influenced by the spiritual guidance of Pierre de Berulle, he had a conversion experience.

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De Berulle had him made parish priest at Clichy near Paris. The following year he became tutor to the children of the de Gondi family, who were Florentine bankers introduced to France by Catherine de Medici. He began giving missions to the peasant workers on the Gondi estates. For a while - to distance himself somewhat from the Gondis - he went as parish priest to Chatillon-les-Dombes near Lyons, where he converted several Protestants to Catholicism and founded the first conference of charity for the assistance of the poor.

Recalled by the de Gondi in 1617, he resumed his missions for the peasant workers. Several Paris priests joined in this. After each mission, a conference of charity was founded for the relief of the poor, in many places like Joigny, Châlons and Mâcon, where they lasted until the Revolution.

"Ladies ov de pf Charity" and Daughters of Charity
From this time, Vincent recruited some "Ladies of Charity" to help in the care of the poor. Many of these ladies were not able, or felt it was beneath them, to carry out some of the more repulsive tasks. So Vincent recruited young humble country women with the energy and attitude to deal with people weighed down by destitution and providentially a friend, to whom he was a spiritual guide, Louise de Marillac, undertook to train them. This was the start of the Daughters of Charity (1633).

Care for prisoners working on the galleys
Vincent also directed his concern towards the convicts in the galleys. M. de Gondi was general of the galleys of France so Vincent was able to gain access to the prisons where they were kept before they were convoyed to the galleys. Vincent performed caring services and spoke with kindness to them and tried to relieve their atrocious conditions. In this way he won their hearts. He also interested others to come and visit them. He bought a house in which he set up a hospital. In 1619 Louis XIII appointed him royal almoner of the galleys, and Vincent used this title to visit the galleys of Marseilles and Bourdeaux where he preached successful missions.

Congregation of the Mission
Around 1625, Vincent saw that the success achieved by the missions in rural areas could not last unless there were priests to maintain it. Encouraged by Mme de Gondi, he decided to found a religious institute of priests who would devote their energies to the evangelisation of country people - the Congregation of the Mission. The Congregation acquired a location in the Collège des Bons Enfants in Paris and, with St Vincent de Paul at its head, was recognised by Rome in 1632. At that same time Vincent acquired the priory of St Lazarus (formerly a refuge for lepers) in Paris, whence the name Lazarite or Lazarist Fathers, by which they were then first known.

Training priests and establishing seminaries
But priests were very few and there was a huge need for training. This need led to another Vincentian initiative. The Council of Trent (1545-63) had ordered the setting up of seminaries for the education of the clergy but the wars of religion had hindered the initiatives taken. Every Tuesday at Saint-Lazare Vincent began giving spiritual conferences for priests. Soon the Bishop of Beauvais asked him to give ascetical conferences for priests lasting ten days  These gradually became extended in time until eventually, with Vincent spearheading the movement, a whole range of seminaries was established all over France, staffed mainly by priests of the Congregation of the Mission.

Death and influence
Vincent died in 1660. The missions and conferences he conducted and the seminaries he set up instilled a new Christian spirit and confidence into French priests and lay people. Ever the practical man, his gift was that he was able throughout his life to use his influence among the rich and fashionable to organise the resources needed for works of charity among the poor and oppressed.

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Today's Readings
Scripture theme: The story of Job is about humankind’s relationship with God, and the problem of evil gives the occasion for the discussion. Job shows total resignation to God in all his misfortunes. Job prays for help by raising the question of the meaning of what has happened to him. He shows the meaninglessness of life without a relationship with God.

FIRST READING              Job 1:6-22
The Lord gave, the Lord has taken back. Blessed be the name of the Lord!'

One day the Sons of God came to attend on the Lord, and among them was Satan. So the Lord said to Satan, 'Where have you been?' 'Round the earth, 'he answered 'roaming about.' So the Lord asked him, 'Did you notice my servant Job? There is no one like him on the earth: a sound and honest man who fears God and shuns evil.' 'Yes,' Satan said 'but Job is not God-fearing for nothing, is he? Have you not put a wall round him and his house and all his domain? You have blessed all he undertakes, and his flocks throng the countryside. But stretch out your hand and lay a finger on his possessions: I warrant you, he will curse you to your face.' 'Very well,' the Lord said to Satan 'all he has is in your power. But keep your hands off his person.' So Satan left the presence of the Lord.

On the day when Job's sons and daughters were at their meal and drinking wine at their eldest brother's house, a messenger came to Job. 'Your oxen' he said 'were at the plough, with the donkeys grazing at their side, when the Sabaeans swept down on them and carried them off. Your servants they put to the sword: I alone escaped to tell you.' He had not finished speaking when another messenger arrived. 'The fire of God' he said 'has fallen from the heavens and burnt up all your sheep, and your shepherds too: I alone escaped to tell you.' He had not finished speaking when another messenger arrived. 'The Chaldaeans,' he said 'three bands of them, have raided your camels and made off with them. Your servants they put to the sword: I alone escaped to tell you.' He had not finished speaking when another messenger arrived. 'Your sons and daughters' he said 'were at their meal and drinking wine at their eldest brother's house, when suddenly from the wilderness a gale sprang up, and it battered all four corners of the house which fell in on the young people. They are dead: I alone escaped to tell you.'

Job rose and tore his gown and shaved his head. Then falling to the ground he worshipped and said:
'Naked I came from my mother's womb,
naked I shall return.
The Lord gave, the Lord has taken back.
Blessed be the name of the Lord!'
In all this misfortune Job committed no sin nor offered any insult to God.

Responsorial Psalm:         Ps 16 
Response                           Turn your ear to me, O Lord; hear my words.

1. Lord, hear a cause that is just,
pay heed to my cry.
Turn your ear to my prayer:
no deceit is on my lips.                                  Response

2.  From you may my judgement come forth:
Your eyes discern the truth.
You search my heart, you visit me by night.
You test me and you find in me no wrong.     Response

3. I am here and I call, you will hear me,
O God. Turn your ear to me; hear -my words.
Display your great love,
you whose right hand saves your friends
from those who rebel against them.               Response

Gospel  Acclamation         Jn 14: 23
Alleluia, alleluia!
If anyone loves me he will keep my word,
and my Father will love him,
and we shall come to him .
Alleluia !

or                                      Mk 10: 45
Alleluia, alleluia!
The Son of Man came to serve,
and to give his life as a ransom for many.
Alleluia !

GOSPEL:                       Luke 9:46-50
The least among you all, that is the one who is great.

An argument started between them about which of them was the greatest. Jesus knew what thoughts were going through their minds, and he took a little child and set him by his side and then said to them, 'Anyone who welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For the least among you all, that is the one who is great.'

John spoke up. 'Master,' he said 'we saw a man casting out devils in your so name, and because he is not with us we tried to stop him.' But Jesus said to him, 'You must not stop him: anyone who is not against you is for you'.

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   Iób 1:6-22
An Tiarna a bhronn orm, agus an Tiarna a rug uaim. Moladh le hainm an Tiarna.”

Tharla aon lá amháin, gur tháinig clann Dé i láthair an Tiarna, agus tháinig an Sátan mar an gcéanna ina measc. Agus dúirt an Tiarna leis an Sátan: “Cá has a dtáinig tú?” D’fhreagair an Sátan an Tiarna agus dúirt: “Ó bheith ag fuaidreamh ar fud an domhain, agus ag siúl anonn is anall ann.” Agus dúirt an Tiarna leis an Sátan: “Ar thug tú mo sheirbhíseach Iób faoi deara? Níl a leithéid eile ar domhan; fear ionraic fónta is ea é, tá eagla Dé air agus seachnaíonn sé an t-olc.” Agus d’fhreagair an Sátan an Tiarna agus dúirt: “An gan fáth atá eagla Dé ar Iób? Nach ndearna tú féin fál ina thimpeall agus I dtimpeall a thí agus i dtimpeall a bhfuil aige ar gach taobh? Bheannaigh tú saothar a lámh agus mhéadaigh a mhaoin sa tír. Sín amach do lámh, más ea, agus leag í ar a bhfuil aige, agus is deimhin go ndéanfaidh sé thú a mhaslú le do bhéal.” Agus dúirt an Tiarna leis an Sátan: “Féach, an uile ní dá bhfuil aige, tá sé faoi do smacht; ach air féin amháin ná leag do lámh.” Agus leis sin chuaigh an Sátan amach as láthair an Tiarna.

Lá dá raibh a chlann mhac agus iníonacha ag ól fíona i dteach an dearthár ba shine acu, tháinig teachtaire ag triall ar Iób, agus dúirt leis: “Bhí an damhra ag treabhadh agus na hasail bhaineanna ag iníor ina ngaire agus rinne na Saibéanaigh ruathar orthu gur sciobadar leo iad, agus mharaíodar na seirbhísigh le faobhar claímh; agus níor tháinig fear inste scéil as ach mise amháin.”

Le linn dósan a bheith ag caint, tháinig duine eile agus dúirt: “Thit tine le Dia ó neamh agus dhóigh an tréad agus na seirbhísigh, á loscadh go hiomlán; agus níor tháinig fear inste scéil as ach mise amháin.”

Agus le linn dósan a bheith ag caint, tháinig duine eile agus dúirt: “Rinne na Caildéigh trí bhuíon díobh féin agus thugadar ruaig chreiche faoi na camaill gur sciobadar leo iad, agus chloíodar na seirbhísigh le faobhar a gclaímh, agus níor tháinig fear inste scéil as ach mise amháin.”

Agus fad a bhí seisean fós ag caint tháinig duine eile mar an gcéanna a dúirt: “Bhí do chlann mhac agus iníon ag ithe agus ag ól i dteach an dearthár ba shine acu, agus féach! tháinig gaoth mhór anall thar an bhfásach agus bhuail ceithre chúinne an tí i dtreo gur thit sé anuas ar na daoine óga gur éagadar uile, agus nár tháinig fear inste scéil as ach mise amháin.”
D’éirigh Iób ansin agus stróic a fhallaing agus bhearr a bhaithis, agus thit ar an talamh agus d’umhlaigh sé é féin síos á rá:
“Tarrnocht a tháinig mé as broinn mo mháthar,
Agus tarrnocht a fhillfidh mé inti arís.
An Tiarna a bhronn orm, agus an Tiarna a rug uaim.
Moladh le hainm an Tiarna.”
Sna nithe sin uile níor pheacaigh Iób ná níor labhair go tarcaisneach in aghaidh Dé.

Salm le freagra              Sm 16
Freagra                            Claon chugamdo chluas agus éist le mo bhriathar.
1. Éist le cúis chóir, a Thiarna;
tabhair aird ar mo ghlór;
tabhair cluas do m’urnaí nach dtagann
as béal bréagach.                                                                           Freagra

2. Gurab uaitse a gheobhaidh mé breithiúnas;
feiceann tusa an fhírinne.
Cuardaigh mo chroí, tabhair cuairt orm san oíche,
déan mo thástáil le tine agus ní bhfaighidh tú coir ionam.  Freagra

3. Gairim ort, a Dhia, agus tabharfaidh tú freagra orm:
claon do chluas agus éist le mo bhriathar.
Taispeáin dom do bhuanghrá ró-iontach, a Thiarna,
a shaorann a dtriallann ort le neart do dheasláimhe.          Freagra
AN SOISCÉAL                Lúcas 9:46-50
An té is lú eadraibh uile, sin é an té atá mór.

Tháinig Íosa ina n-aigne a fhiafraí cé acu díobh ba mhó. Ach bhí a fhios ag Íosa an smaoineamh a bhí ina gcroí, agus thóg sé leanbh agus chuir ina sheasamh é láimh leis, agus dúirt leo: “Cibé a ghlacfaidh an leanbh seo i m’ainm, is mise a ghlacann sé, agus cibé a ghlacfaidh mise, glacann sé an té a chuir uaidh mé. Óir, an té is lú eadraibh uile, sin é an té atá mór.”

Labhair Eoin agus dúirt: “A Mháistir, chonaiceamar duine ag caitheamh deamhan amach i d’ainmse agus chuireamar cosc leis, óir ní leanann sé tú in aonbhuíon linne.” Dúirt Íosa leis: “Ná cuirigí aon chosc leis, óir an té nach bhfuil in bhur n-aghaidh, tá sé ar bhur son.

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Sunday's Readings
FIRST READING:         Habakkuk :1:2-3; 2:2-4
The upright man will live by faithfulness

crying prayerHow long, Lord, am I to cry for help
while you will not listen;
to cry 'Oppression!' in your ear
and you will not save?
Why do you set injustice before me,
why do you look on where there is tyranny?
Outrage and violence, this is all I see,
all is contention, and discord flourishes.
Then the Lord answered and said,

'Write the vision down,
inscribe it on tablets to be easily read,
since this vision is for its own time only:
eager for its own fulfilment, it does not deceive;
if it comes slowly, wait,
for come it will, without fail.
'See how he flags, he whose soul is not at rights,
but the upright man will live by his faithfulness.'

Responsorial Psalm:  Ps 94
Response                         O that today you would listen to his voice! Harden not your hearts.

1. Come, ring out our joy to the Lord;
hail the rock who saves us.
Let us come before him, giving thanks,
with songs let us hail the Lord.                                Response

2. Come in; let us bow and bend low;
let us kneel before the God who made us
for he is our God and we
the people who belong to his pasture,
the flock that is led by his hand.                              Response

3. O that today you would listen to his voice!
'Harden not your hearts as at Meribah,
as on that day at Massah in the desert
when your fathers put me to the test;
when they tried me, though they saw my work.  Response

SECOND READING:   2 Timothy 1:6-8. 13-14
Never be Ashamed of witnessing the Lord

That is why I am reminding you now to fan into a flame the gift that God gave you when I laid my hands on you. God's gift was not a spirit of timidity, but the Spirit of power, and love, and self-control. So you are never to be ashamed of witnessing to the Lord, or ashamed of me for being his prisoner; but with me, bear the hardships for the sake of the Good News, relying on the power of God

Keep as your pattern the sound teaching you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. You have been trusted to look after something precious; guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in u

Gospel  Acclamation  1 Sam 3: 9
Alleluia, alleluia!
Speak, Lord, your servant is listening:
you have the message of eternal life.

or                                       1 Pet 1:25
Alleluia, alleluia!
The word of the Lord remains for ever:
What is this word?
It is the Good News that has been brought to you.

mustard seedGOSPEL: Luke 17: 5-19

The apostles said to the Lord, 'Increase our faith'.
The Lord replied, 'Were your faith the size of a mustard seed you could say to this mulberry tree, "Be uprooted and planted in the sea", and it would obey you

'Which of you, with a servant ploughing or minding sheep, would say to him when he returned from the fields, "Come and have your meal immediately"?  Would he not be more likely to say, "Get my supper laid; make yourself tidy and wait on me while I eat and drink. You can eat and drink yourself afterwards"? Must he be grateful to the servant for doing what he was told? So with you: when you have done all you have been told to do, say, "We are merely servants: we have done no more than our duty".'


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: Habacúc :1:2-3; 2:2-4
Mairfidh an fíréan de bharr a dhílse.
crying prayer
Cá fhad eile, a Thiarna, a bheidh mé ag glaoch ort
agus nach n-éistfidh tú liom
nó ag éamh “Foréigean!”
agus nach bhfuasclóidh tú sinn?
Cad chuige nach dtaispeánann tú dom
ach an urchóid amháin?
Cén fáth a mbíonn tú féin
ag breathnú ar an ansmacht ar nós cuma liom?
Déantar slad agus foréigean os mo chomhair
agus is minic a bhíonn achrann agus aighneas ann.

Thug an Tiarna freagra orm ansin, á rá:
“Scríobh síos an fhís;
déan í a ghreanadh ar leaca
ionas go mbeidh sé furasta í a léamh.
Óir is le haghaidh a hionú féin amháin
a tugadh an fhís seo;
tá sí ag tnúthán lena comhlíonadh
agus ní dhéanfaidh sí bréag.
Go fiú má bhíonn sí mall ag teacht, fan léi;
mar tiocfaidh sí i gcrích go cinnte;
ní theipfidh uirthi choíche.
Féach, cloítear an té nach bhfuil croí ionraic aige;
ach mairfidh an fíréan de bharr a dhílse.”

Freagra :                         Á, dá n-éistfeadh sibh lena ghuth inniú: 'Ná calcaigí bhur gcroí'

1. Tagaigí, déanaimis gairdeas don Tiarna,
tógaimis gártha áthais do Charraig ár slánaithe.
Tagaimis ina láthair le moltaí,
déanaimis gairdeas dó le laoithe.                                Freagra

2. Tagaigí, adhraimis agus sléachtaimis,
feacaimis ár nglúiiné don Tiarna a rinne sinn.
Óir is é ar nDia é, agus is sinne
pobal a aoireachta agus caoirigh a lámh.                   Freagra

3. Á, dá n-éistfeadh sibh lena ghuth inniú:
'Ná calcaigí bhur gcroí mar a tharla i Meríba,
mar a tharla an la lid ag Masá san fhásach
mar ar chuir bhur n-aithreacha cath orm,
mar ar thriail siad mé cé go bhfaca siad m'obair.'   Freagra

AN DARA LÉACHT:    2 Timóteas1:6-8. 13-14
Ná bíodh aon náire ort, dá bhrí sin, fianaise a thabhairt ar ár dTiarna

A bhráithre, ionúin táim á chur i gcuimhne duit tabhartas Dé a athmhúscailt, an tabhartas úd a fuair tú nuair a chuir mise mo lámha ort. An spiorad a thug Dia dúinn ní spiorad na meatachta é ach spiorad na fearúlachta agus an ghrá agus an fhéinsmachta. Ná bíodh aon náire ort, dá bhrí sin, fianaise a thabhairt ar ár dTiarna agus ná bíodh aon náire ort fúmsa atá i mo phríosúnach ar a shon. Ní hea, ach fulaingse cruatan liom ar son an dea-scéil as ucht an chumais atá faighte agat ó Dhia. An teagasc folláin a chuala tú uaimse, coimeád agat mar threoir é agus lean den chreideamh agus den ghrá atá agat i gCríost Íosa. An taisce luachmhar atá faoi do chúram, cosáin é le cabhair an Spioraid Naoimh a chónaíonn

Alleluia Véarsa             1Sam3:9, Eo 6:68
Alleluia, alleluia!
Labhair, a Thiarna, tá do sheirbhíseach ag éisteacht.
Is agatsa atá briathra na beatha síoraí

AN SOISCÉAL:             Lúcás 17: 5-19
Méadaigh an creideamh againn

mustard seed San am sin dúirt na haspail leis an Tiarna: “Méadaigh an creideamh againn.” Ach dúirt an Tiarna: “Dá mbeadh oiread ghráinne an tsíl mhustaird de chreideamh agaibh, déarfadh sibh leis an gcrann maoildeirge seo: ‘Baintear as do fhréamhacha tú, agus déan tú féin a phlandáil san fharraige!’ agus dhéanfadh sé rud oraibh.

“Cé agaibh a mbíonn seirbhíseach aige ag treabhadh nó ag aoireacht, a déarfaidh leis nuair a thagann sé isteach ón ngort: ‘Tar anois agus buail fút ag bord’? Ina ionad sin, nach é a déarfaidh sé leis: ‘Réitigh rud chun dinnéir dom, fáisc crios fút féin agus freastail orm, nó go mbeidh ite agus ólta agam, agus ansin déanfaidh tú féin ithe agus ól’? An ea go mbíonn sé faoi chomaoin ag an seirbhíseach de chionn go ndearna seisean a raibh ordaithe? Amhlaidh sin daoibhse; nuair a bhíonn gach a raibh ordaithe daoibh déanta agaibh, abraigí: ‘Is seirbhísigh gan aird sinn: níl déanta againn ach an méid a bhí d’fhiacha orainn a dhéanamh.’” 

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