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

The search for faith


This time of the year marks a special time in the search for faith. It is a time also to reflect on the things for which we are grateful – are we grateful for faith, are we grateful for God, are we grateful for the gift of family and friends or good health?

Jesus had the ability to look beyond the externals and into the hearts of people and was able to recognise the presence of real faith. It is a challenge to put aside our assumptions about others, be it the family member next to us at the dinner table, or a stranger, or maybe even someone whom we have always found difficult to get along with. However, if we are to begin to have the heart and mind of Christ, that is exactly what we need to do.

Deirdre Powell

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

Dec 1 - St Edmund Campion (1540-81) Jesuit priest and martyr

Edmund CampionEdmund Campion was the first Jesuit priest to be executed in England under the Statutes of the Elizabethan Act of Supremacy in 1581. He had spent two years in Ireland as a civil servant before going to the continent to become a Jesuit priest. After service in Prague and Vienna, he returned to a mission in England for two years before he was discovered, tried and executed. Patrick Duffy tells his story.

Should he become an Anglican clergyman?
Edmund was the son of a Catholic bookseller, whose family converted to Anglicanism. Edmund was awarded a scholarship to Saint John’s College, Oxford, under the patronage of Queen Elizabeth I's court favorite, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. He grew up in Queen Mary's reign when Catholicism was in the ascendancy, but after Elizabeth became queen (1558), he took the Oath of Supremacy recognising her as head of the Church of England on the occasion of his degree in 1564. At Oxford he was much sought-after as a speaker, and was talked of as a possible Archbishop of Canterbury. Queen Elizabeth offered him a deaconate in the Church of England, but, increasingly troubled by the Supremacy issue, he felt unable to go forward to ordination.

In Ireland 1569-71edward c 2
While he was struggling with his conscience, he went to Ireland to take part in the proposed establishment of the University of Dublin. Here he enjoyed the protection of Lord Deputy Sir Henry Sidney and the friendship of Sir Patrick Barnewell at Turvey. While in Ireland he occupied himself with writing a history of Ireland (first published in Holinshead's Chronicles).

Douai, Rome, Prague and Vienna 1571-80
In 1571 he left Ireland secretly and went to Douai where he was reconciled to the Catholic Church and received the Eucharist that he had denied himself for the previous 12 years. He entered the English College founded by William Allen, another Oxford religious refugee.  After obtaining his degree in divinity, he walked as a pilgrim to Rome and joined the Jesuits. Ordained in 1578, he spent some time working in Prague and Vienna.

England 1580-81
He returned to London as part of a Jesuit mission, crossing the Channel disguised as a jewel merchant, and worked with Jesuit brother, Nicholas Owen. He led a hunted life, preaching and ministering to Catholics in Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, and Lancashire. At this time also he wrote his Decem Rationes ("Ten Reasons") against the Anglican Church, 400 copies of which found their way to the benches of St Mary's, Oxford, at the Commencement, on June 27, 1581.

edward CMartyrdom
Captured by a spy, Campion was taken to London and committed to the Tower. Charged with conspiring to raise a sedition in the realm and dethrone the Queen he was found guilty.  Campion replied: "If our religion do make traitors we are worthy to be condemned; but otherwise we are and have been true subjects as ever the queen had. In condemning us, you condemn your own ancestors, you condemn all the ancient Bishops and Kings, you condemn all that was once the glory of England...." After spending his last days in prayer, Edmund was led with two companions to Tyburn and hanged, drawn and quartered on December 1, 1581.
Today's Readings
1st Week of Advent
Today's Scripture Themes
The prophet speaks of the one on whom the Spirit rests. Integrity and faithfulness shall characterise him. And in those days there shall be peace. Jesus, filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit, gives thanks to the Father for revealing the fulfilment of the prophecies.

FIRST READING:                    Isaiah: 11:1-10
On him the spirit of the Lord rests.

A shoot springs from the stock of Jesse,
a scion thrusts from his roots:
on him the spirit of the Lord rests,
a spirit of wisdom and insight,
a spirit of counsel and power,
a spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.
(The fear of the Lord is his breath.)
He does not judge by appearances,
he gives no verdict on hearsay,
but judges the wretched with integrity,
and with equity gives a verdict for the poor of the land.
His word is a rod that strikes the ruthless,
his sentences bring death to the wicked. wolf+lamb

Integrity is the loincloth round his waist,
faithfulness the belt about his hips.

The wolf lives with the lamb,
the panther lies down with the kid,
calf and lion cub feed together
with a little boy to lead them.
The cow and the bear make friends,
their young lie down together.
The lion eats straw like the ox.
The infant plays over the cobra's hole;
into the viper's lair the young child puts his hand.
They do no hurt, no harm,
on all my holy mountain,
for the country is filled with the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters swell the sea.

That day, the root of Jesse shall stand
as a signal to the peoples. It will be sought out by the nations
and its home will be glorious.

Responsorial Psalm
                    Ps 71
Response:                                    In his days justice shall flourish
and peace till the moon fails.

1  O God, give your judgement to the king,
to a king's son your justice,
that he may judge your people in justiceJohn the B1
and your poor in right judgement.           Response          

2 In his days justice shall flourish
and peace till the moon fails.
He shall rule from sea to sea,
from the Great River to earth's bounds.   Response

3  For he shall save the poor when they cry
and the needy who are helpless.
He will have pity on the weak
and save the lives of the poor.                Response

4  May his name be blessed for ever
and endure like the sun.
Every tribe shall be blessed in him,
all nations bless his name.                       Response

Gospel  Acclamation                  Ps 84:8

Alleluia, alleluia!
Let us see, O Lord, your mercy
and give us your saving help.


Alleluia, alleluia!
Behold our Lord will come with power
and will enlighten the eyes of his servants.

GOSPEL:                              Luke 10:21-24Lords prayer

Jesus is filled with joy by the Holy Spirit.

Filled with joy by the Holy Spirit, Jesus said, 'I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to mere children. Yes, Father, for that is what it pleased you to do. Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.'

Then turning to his disciples he spoke to them in private, 'Happy the eyes that see what you see, for I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see, and never saw it; to hear what you hear, and never heard it.'

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                    Íseáia : 11:1-10
Tá spiorad an Tiarna ag lonnú air.

Tá bachlóg ag eascar as bun chrann Ieise,
agus gas ag teacht óna fhréamh;
tá spiorad an Tiarna ag lonnú air,
spiorad na heagna agus na tuisceana,
spiorad na comhairle agus na cumhachta,
spiorad an eolais agus eagla an Tiarna.
(In eagla an Tiarna is ea tá a dhúil.)
Ní thugann sé breith de réir na cosúlachta,
ná ní chuireann tuairim de ar scéal scéil.
Ach déanann sé cóir agus ceart do na dealbha
agus tugann breithiúnas cothrom i leith dearóile na tíre.
Bata is ea a bhriathar a bhuaileann an t-anduine,
agus gaoth an fhocail uaidh, maraíonn sé an t-urchóideach.wolf+lamb 2
Is í an chóir bréid cheangail a choime,
agus tá an dea-rún ina chrios ar a chorróga.

Tá an mac tíre ina chónaí leis an uan,
an pantar sínte le taobh an mheannáin ghabhair;
tá an gamhain agus an coileán leoin ar marthain in éineacht
agus gasúr óg á mbuachailleacht.
Tá an bhó agus an béar ag snaidhmeadh caradais,
agus a gceanna beaga in aon ál le chéile;
tá an leon ag ithe cocháin ar nós na mart.
Tá an leanbh cíche ag súgradh faoi phrochóg an chobra,
ar phluais na nathrach leagann an naíonán a lámh.
Díth ná dochar ní dhéantar níos mó
ar fud mo shléibhe bheannaithe go léir,
óir tá an talamh lán le heolas ar an Tiama
mar a líonann an fharraige leis an lán mara.
Sa lá sin, beidh beangán ó fhréamh Ieise
ina sheasamh mar chomhartha do na ciníocha.
Beidh na náisiúin ag dul ina mhuinín
agus beidh a áit chónaithe faoi mhaise agus faoi ghlóir.

Salm le Freagra                   Sm 71
Freagra:                                  Bláthóidh síocháin agus fíreantacht lena linn
nó go meathfaidh an ghealach.

I. Tabhair do bhreithiúnas, a Dhia. don rí
agus d’fíréantacht do mhac an rí.
Go dtuga sé ceartbhreithiúnas ar a phoJohn the B1bal
agus cothrom do na bochta.                         Freagra

2. Bláthóidh síocháin agus fíreantacht lena linn
nó go meathfaidh an ghealach.
Beidh a réimeas ó mhuir go muir,
ón Abhainn Mhór go críoch na cruinne.      Freagra

3. Óir saorfaidh sé na bochtáin nuair a ghlaofaidh siad air
agus na hainniseoirí gan chúnamh.
Glacfaidh sé trua don duine lag
agus sábhálfaidh sé an duine dealbh.          Freagra

4. Go moltar a ainm go brách
an fad a bheidh an ghrian ann.
Is tríd a bheannófar gach treibh;
beidh gach cine á mholadh.                         Freagra

Alleluia                                                 Sm 84: 8

Alleluia, alleluia!
Taispeáin dúinn, a Thiarna, do thrócaire,
agus tabhair dúinn cúnamh do shlánaithe.

AN SOISCÉAL:                                Lúcás 10:21-24
Líonadh Íosa le háthas ag an Spiorad Naomh

Lords prayerSan am sin Líonadh Íosa le háthas ag an Spiorad Naomh agus dúirt: “Gabhaim buíochas leat, a Athair, a Thiarna neimhe agus talún, de chionn mar cheil tú na nithe seo ar lucht eagna agus éirime agus mar a d’fhoilsigh tú do naíonáin iad. Sea, a Athair, óir is amhlaidh sin ba mhaith leat é. Tá gach aon ní tugtha domsa ag m’Athair. Agus ní heol d’aon neach cé hé an Mac ach amháin don Athair, ná cé hé an tAthair ach amháin don Mhac agus don té ar toil leis an Mac a fhoilsiú dó.”

Agus, ag iompú chun a dheisceabail, dúirt sé leo ar leithligh: “Is méanar do na súile a fheiceann na nithe a fheiceann sibhse. Óir deirim libh, b’áil le mórán fáithe agus ríthe na nithe a fheiceáil a fheiceann sibhse agus ní fhaca siad iad, agus na nithe a chloisteáil a chluineann sibhse agus níor chuala siad iad.”

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Sunday's Readings
SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT Si Nicholas, bishop is not celebrated this year.

Second Sunday of Advent

Scripture theme
God's promises to us are fulfilled in Jesus Christ. We look forward to the Kingdom when, pure and blameless, we will reach the perfect goodness which Christ produces in us.

FIRST READING                    Baruch5:1-9
God means to show your splendour to every nation under heaven.

Jerusalem, take off your dress of sorrow and distress,
put on the beauty of the glory of God for ever,
wrap the cloak of the integrity of God around you,
put the diadem of the glory of the Eternal on your head:
since God means to show your splendour to every nation under heaven,
since the name God gives you for ever will be,
'Peace through integrity, and honour through devotedness'.
Arise, Jerusalem, stand on the heights and turn your eyes to the east:
see your sons reassembled from west and east
at the command of the Holy One, jubilant that God has remembered them.
lion of JudahThough they left you on foot,
with enemies for an escort,
now God brings them back to you
like royal princes carried back in glory.
For God has decreed the flattening
of each high mountain, of the everlasting hills,
the filling of the valleys to make the ground level
so that Israel can walk in safety under the glory of God.
And the forests and every fragrant tree will provide shade
for Israel at the command of God;
for God will guide Israel in joy by the light of his glory
with his mercy and integrity for escort.

Responsorial Psalm:                Ps 125
Response:                                 What marvels the Lord worked for us!
Indeed we were glad.

1. When the Lord delivered Zion from bondage,
it seemed like a dream.
Then was our mouth filled with laughter,
on our lips there were songs.  Response

2.The heathens themselves said:
'What marvels the Lord worked for them!'
What marvels the Lord worked for us!
Indeed we were glad.             Response

3. Deliver us, O Lord, from our bondage
as streams in dry land.
Those who are sowing in tears
will sing when they reap.          Response

4. They go out, they go out, full of tears
carrying seed for the sowing:
they come back, they come back, full of song,
carrying their sheaves.              Response

SECOND READING      Philippians 1:3-6. 8-11
Be pure and blameless, and prepare you for the Day of Christ.
Every time I pray for all of you, I pray with joy, remembering how you have helped to spread the Good News from the day you first heard it right up to the present. The starI am quite certain that the One who began this good work in you will see that it is finished when the Day of Christ Jesus comes. God knows how much I miss you all, loving you as Christ Jesus loves you. My prayer is that your love for each other may increase more and more and never stop improving your knowledge and deepening your perception. so that you can always recognise what is best. This will help you to become pure and blameless, and prepare you for the Day of Christ, when you will reach the perfect goodness which Jesus Christ produces in us for the glory and praise of God.

Gospel  Acclamation        Lk 3:4.6

Alleluia, alleluia!
Prepare a way for the Lord,
make his paths straight..
and all mankind shall see the salvation of God

GOSPEL:                           Luke 3:1-6
All mankind shall see the salvation of God.
In the fifteenth year of Tiberius Caesar's reign, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judaea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of the lands of Ituraea and Trachonitis, Lysanias tetrach of Abilene, during the pontificate of Annas and Caiaphas the word of God came to John son of Zechariah, in the wilderness. He went through the whole Jordan district proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the sayings of the prophet Isaiah:
John the B 2A voice cries in the wilderness:
Prepare a way for the Lord,
make his paths straight.
Every valley will be filled in,
every mountain and hill be laid low,
winding ways will be straightened
and rough roads made smooth.
And all mankind shall see the salvation of God.

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:          Barúch5:1-9
Óir taispeánfaidh Dia do bhreáthacht do gach náisiún faoin spéir.

Bain díot, a Iarúsailéim,
do róba dobróin agus ainnise
agus bíodh niamhracht ghlóir Dé
á caitheamh agat go brách.
Cóirigh thú féin faoi bhrat na fíréantachta
a thagann ó Dhia;
cuir ar do cheann coróin ghlóir an Neach Shíoraí.
lion of JudahÓir taispeánfaidh Dia do bhreáthacht
do gach náisiún faoin spéir.
Is é an t-ainm a thabharfaidh Dia ort feasta:
An tSíocháin a Ghineann an Fhíréantacht,
An Ghlóir a Eascraíonn ón gCráifeacht.
Éirigh, a Iarúsailéim, agus seas ar na harda
agus breathnaigh soir, go bhfeice tú do chlann
agus iad bailithe le chéile anoir agus aniar,
ar ordú an Neach Naofa
agus iad ag déanamh lúcháire
de bhrí go bhfuil Dia tar éis cuimhneamh orthu.
Óir, d’imigh siad amach uait de shiúl a gcos
agus iad á dtiomáint ag a naimhde.
Ach tá Dia á dtabhairt ar ais chugat
agus iad á n-iompar go glórmhar
mar fhlatha ríoga.
Mar tá Dia tar éis ordú a thabhairt
go n-ísleofaí gach cnoc ard agus na sléibhte síoraí,
agus go líonfaí isteach na gleannta, ina machaire réidh,
chun go bhféadfadh Iosrael siúl go sábháilte slán faoi ghlóir Dé.
Tabharfaidh na coillte agus gach crann cumhra
scáth d’Iosrael ar ordú Dé.
Óir treoróidh Dia Iosrael go lúcháireach
agus leis an trócaire agus leis an ionracas is dual dó.

SALM LE FREAGRA.        Sm 125
Freagra :                              Rinne an Tiarna éachtaí dúinn:
táimid go lúcháireach.

1. Nuair a thug an Tiarna príosúnaigh Síón abhaile
ba chosúil sinn le daoine ag brionglóidigh.
Ansin líonadh ár mbéal le gáire,
agus ár dteanga le gairdeas.                Freagra

2. Ansin bhíothas á rá i measc na gciníocha:
'Rinne an Tiarna éachtaí.'
Rinne an Tiarna éachtaí dúinn:
táimid go lúcháireach.                          Freagra

3. Cuir sonas orainn arís, a Thiarna,
ar nós sruthanna san fhásach ó dheas.
An mhuintir a chuireann síol le deora,
bainfidh siad an fómhar le gairdeas.   Freagra

4. Ag imeacht dóibh imíonn siad ag sileadh na ndeor,
agus iad ag iompar síl chun a scaipthe;
ag teacht dóibh tiocfaidh siad le gairdeas,
agus a bpunanna á n-iompar acu.       Freagra

AN DARA LÉACHT:           1Filipigh1:3-6. 8-11
Go mbeidh sibh glan gan locht i gcomhair lá Chríost.

A bhráithre, gach uair dá gcuimhním oraibh gabhaim buíochas le mo Dhia agus gach uair a bhím ag guí déanaim guí oraibh uile go lúcháireach, mar gheall ar an bpáirt a bhí agaibh sa dea-scéal ón gcéad lá riamh go dtí inniu. The starAgus táim cinnte den mhéid seo: an té a thosaigh an dea-obair in bhur measc go leanfaidh sé á chur i gcrích go dtí lá Íosa Críost. Is maith is ceart dom an aigne seo a bheith agam in bhur dtaobh go léir, de bhrí go bhfuil sibh i gcochall mo chroí agam agus a rá go bhfuil sibh go léir rannpháirteach sa ghrásta a bhronn Dia orm, cibé acu a bhím i gcuibhreacha nó ag cosaint agus ag daingniú an dea-scéil. Tá a fhios ag Dia go bhfuilim ag tnúth libh uile le cion Íosa Críost féin. Is é mo ghuí go rachaidh bhur ngrá dá chéile i méid agus i méid le barr eolais agus tuisceana, sa tslí go mba rogha libh na nithe is fearr agus go mbeidh sibh glan gan locht i gcomhair lá Chríost agus go mbeidh sibh lán de thorthaí na fíréantachta sin a thagann trí Íosa Críost, chun moladh agus glóire Dé.

Alleluia Véarsa                     Lc 3:4, 6

Alleluia, alleluia!
Ullmhaigí bóthar an Tiarna,
déanaigi díreach a chosáin.
Agus feicfidh an uile cholainn shánú Dé.

AN SOISCÉAL :                    Lúcás 3:1-6
Feicfidh an uile cholainn slánú Dé.
Sa chúigiú bliain déag de réimeas Thibir Céasar, nuair a bhí Pointias Pioláit ina ghobharnóir ar Iúdáia, agus Héaród ina rí cúige ar an nGailíl, agus Pilib a dheartháir ina rí cúige ar cheantar Iotúráia agus Treachóinítis, agus Lusáinias ina rí cúige ar Aibiléiné, faoi ardsagartacht Annas agus Cháiafas, tháinig briathar Dé chun Eoin mac Zachairias san fhásach. Agus ghabh sé ar fud na tíre go léir timpeall na Iordáine ag fógairt bhaiste aithrí chun peacaí a mhaitheamh, mar atá scríofa i leabhar ráite Íseáia fáidh:
John the B 2“Glór duine ag éamh san fhásach:
‘ Réitígí bóthar an Tiarna,
déanaigí díreach a chasáin.
Líonfar gach cumar,
agus ísleofar gach sliabh agus cnocán;
déanfar na camshlite díreach
agus na bóithre anacra réidh,
agus feicfidh an uile cholainn slánú Dé.’”

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