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Thought for today



What do you imagine when you hear the word beauty? The colors of a midsummer sunset? The fragrance of a rose? The roar of ocean waves crashing on a cliff?

Often we apply the term only in describing physical attractiveness. But Mama’s wise words to me were “it’s what on the inside that really counts.”

Beauty that exalts the mind and spirit comes from God. We are made beautiful by Christ’s perfect love for us, love made visible in the beauty of his cross. As we consider that love, the Holy Spirit shapes and transforms our hearts so that, little by little, we become more like Jesus in love and service.
How do you visualize the beauty of Christ? That beauty derives from his infinite love. His tender voice is soft and gentle. His name is above all names. The psalmist prayed, “One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple” (Psalm 27:4).

Yes, we all have bad-hair days, days we don’t feel “pretty”. Our mirrors reveal flaws and imperfections. But scars, crow’s-feet, cellulite, wrinkles, and warts do not define us. Knowing, trusting, loving and living for Jesus makes us beautiful. I pray that his loveliness will be reflected in me.

Source: Woman of God, Moments of Grace by Diane Graham and Julie Norris (extract).
Saint of the day

Sep 1 - St Giles or Aegidius (640-710) hermit

gilesSaint Giles or Aegidius (640-710) was a Christian hermit, originally from Athens, but associated with Provence and the area around Marseilles in the south of France. He is often depicted with a deer (c/f story below). He is a patron for works of charity. Many churches throughout Europe are dedicated to him. He is also, partly at least, an inspiration behind the lay movement of prayer, inter-religious dialogue and charity called the Community of Sant'Egidio. Patrick Duffy gives some of the history.

From Athens to Marseilles
It is said Giles (or Aegidius) was born in Athens. He became so famous for giving alms and working miracles of healing that he sailed to Marseilles in pursuit of peace and a hermitage. While living as a hermit in the woods near Arles, a deer chased by a hunting party of the King of the Visigoths ran to him for refuge. A huntsman shot an arrow at the deer as it escaped into the bushes, but the arrow hit and wounded the holy man in the foot. In compensation the king offered Giles land for a monastery. This later became the famous Benedictine abbey of St-Gilles-du-Gard, a famous stop on the pilgrim road from Arles to Santiago de Compostela, thus spreading the saint's reputation.

Aegidius2Patron saint of difficult confessions
Another story about St Giles is that Charles Martel had committed the sin of incest with his sister and was stricken with remorse before his battle with the Moors at Poitiers. Fearing to confess his sin, he presented himself before St Giles while the latter was saying Mass. During the Mass an angel placed on the altar a scroll on which the sin was written and as the Mass progressed the writing on the scroll gradually faded until it completly disappeared and Charles Martel felt himself completely absolved. This has led to St Giles being invoked for help with difficult confessions.

Reputation and influence
In medieval art he is depicted with his symbol, the deer. His emblem is also an arrow, and he is the patron saint of cripples. Giles also became a patron of beggars, blacksmiths, cripples, lepers and woods. He is also invoked against cancer, epilepsy, sterility in women and night terrors and is numbered among the Fourteen Holy Helpers initially invoked as protection against the Black Death. His cult spread rapidly throughout Europe. Many churches and monasteries are dedicated to him in France, Spain, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and Great Britain. Giles is also the patron saint of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland, where St. Giles' Cathedral is a prominent landmark.

The Benedictine monastery in St-Gilles-du-Gard is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its west portal is considered one of the finest examples of Provençal Romanesque.

Roman Church of Sant'Egidio in Trastevere, Rome

The Community of Sant'Egidio
In Rome in 1968 a young 18-year old, Andrea Riccardi, gathered a group of high-school students like himself, to listen to and practise the Gospel. They began to provide an afternoon school for children in the slums on the outskirts of Rome. Today it has become a movement of more than 50,000 mostly lay members dedicated to evangelisation, inter-religious dialogue and charity in more than 70 countries throughout the world.

It has as its centre the Roman Church of Sant'Egidio in Trastevere, from which it takes its name. Here it maintains a continuous presence of prayer and welcome for the poor and for pilgrims. In Dublin a small group of the Sant'Egidio is linked with St Paul’s Church, Smithfield, Arran Quay, Dublin 7, where they have an 8 pm Sunday evening liturgy and an outreach to the elderly in the area.

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Today's Readings

Scripture theme
Christ is the Wisdom of God and we belong to him. It is worldly foolishness to commit oneself to individual apostles.
We have to leave all and follow Christ.

Energies of CreationFIRST READING:        1 Corinthians 3:18-23
All thins are your servants; but you belong to Christ and Christ belongs to God.

Make no mistake about it: if any one of you thinks of himself as wise, in the ordinary sense of the word, then he must learn to be a fool before he really can be wise. Why? Because the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. As scripture says: The Lord knows wise men's thoughts: he knows how useless they are: or again: God is not convinced by the arguments of the wise. So there is nothing to boast about in anything human: Paul, Apollos, Cephas, the world, life and death,
the present and the future, are all your servants; but you belong to Christ and Christ belongs to God.

Responsorial Psalm:      Ps 23
Response:                      The Lord's is the earth and its fullness.

1. The Lord's is the earth and its fullness,
the world and all its peoples.
It is he who set it on the seas;
on the waters he made it firm.               Response

2. Who shall"Climb the mountain of the Lord?
Who shall stand in his holy place?
The man with clean hands and pure heart,
who desires not worthless things.          Response

3. He shall receive blessings from the Lord
and reward from the God who saves him.
Such are the men who seek him,
seek the face of the God of Jacob.         Response

Gospel  Acclamation          2 Thess 2: 14
Alleluia, alleluia!
Through the Good News God called us
to share the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Alleluia !

or                                           Mt 4: 19
Alleluia, alleluia!
Follow me , says the Lord,
and I will make you fishers of men.
Alleluia !

GOSPEL:                     Luke 5:1-11
They left everything and followed him.

apostlesJesus was standing one day by the Lake of Gennesaret, with the crowd pressing round him listening to the word of God,  when he caught sight of two boats close to the bank. The fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets.- He got into one of the boats-it was Simon's-and asked him to put out a little from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.

When he had finished speaking he said to Simon, 'Put out into deep water and pay out your nets for a catch'. 'Master,' Simon replied 'we worked hard all night long and caught nothing, but if you say so, I will pay out the nets.' And when they had done this they netted such a huge number of fish that their nets began to tear, so they signalled to their companions in the other boat to come and help them; when these came, they filled the two boats to sinking point.

When Simon Peter saw this he fell at the knees of Jesus saying, 'Leave me, Lord; I am a sinful man'. For he and all his companions were completely overcome by the catch they had made; so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were Simon's partners. But Jesus said to Simon, 'Do not be afraid; from now on it is men you will catch'. Then, bringing their boats back to land, they left everything and followed him.

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.
Energies of CreationAN CHÉAD LÉACHT          1 Coirintigh 3:18-23
Is libhse iad uile, agus is le Críost sibhse agus is le Dia Críost.

A bhráithre,ná bíodh aon dul amú ar aon duine; aon duine agaibh a áiríonn é féin a bheith eagnaí de réir ghnás an tsaoil seo, bíodh sé ina amadán le go mbeadh sé eagnaí dáiríre. Mar níl in eagna an tsaoil seo ach díth céille I bhfianaise Dé.

Mar tá scríofa: “Sáinníonn sé na saoithe ina gcuid glicis féin”; agus arís: “Is eol don Tiarna smaointe na saoithe a bheith baoth.” Dá réir sin, ná bíodh duine ar bith ag déanamh mórtais as daoine, mar is libhse an t-iomlán: Pól agus Apollós agus Céafas, an domhan, an bheatha agus an bás, a bhfuil ann agus a bhfuil le teacht – is libhse iad uile, agus is le Críost sibhse agus is le Dia Críost.

Salm le freagra            Sm 23
Freagra :                           Leis an Tiarna an talamh agus a lánmhaire.
1. Leis an Tiarna an talamh agus a lánmhaire,
an domhan ar fad agus a maireann ann.
Is é féin a bhunaigh ar an aigéan é
agus a dhaingnigh ar an bhfarraige íochtarach é.   Freagra
2. Cé a rachaidh suas cnoc an Tiarna?
Cé a bheidh ina sheasamh ina ionad naofa?
An té a bhfuil lámh gan smál agus croí glan aige:
an té ar beag air nithe gan tairbhe                              Freagra
3. Beidh beannacht an Tiarna ar an té sin
agus luach saothair ó Dhia, a shlánaitheoir.
A leithéid sin a bhíonn á lorg:
a bhíonn ar thóir Dia Iacóib.                                         Freagra
AN SOISCÉAL:                     Lúcás 5:1-11
D’fhág siad gach uile ní agus lean é.

apostlesSan am sin bhí an slua ag brú isteach ar Íosa ag éisteacht le briathar Dé, bhí sé ina sheasamh ar bhruach loch Gheinéasaireit, agus chonaic sé dhá bhád ina luí ar chladach an locha; bhí na hiascairí tar éis teacht amach astu agus iad ag ní na líonta. Chuaigh sé isteach i mbád acu, bád Shíomóin, agus d’iarr air tarraingt amach beagán ón talamh: ansin shuigh, agus thosaigh ag teagasc na sluaite as an mbád.

Nuair a stad sé den chaint, dúirt sé le Síomón: “Tarraing amach san uisce domhain agus cuirigí amach bhur líonta ag iascach.” D’fhreagair Síomón agus dúirt: “A Mháistir, thugamar an oíche go léir ag saothrú agus níor thógamar aon ní; ach i ngeall ar d’fhocalsa, cuirfidh mé amach na líonta.” D’fhreagair Síomón agus dúirt: “A Mháistir, thugamar an oíche go léir ag saothrú agus níor thógamar aon ní; ach i ngeall ar d’fhocalsa, cuirfidh mé amach na líonta.” Nuair a rinne siad é sin, cheap siad clais mhór éisc. Bhí a gcuid líonta ag briseadh, agus sméid siad ar a gcomrádaithe sa bhád eile teacht i gcabhair orthu. Tháinig siad agus líon an dá bhád nó go raibh siad ar tí dul faoi.

Nuair a chonaic Síomón Peadar é sin, chaith sé é féin ag glúine Íosa ag rá: “Imigh uaim, a Thiarna, mar is peacach mé.” Óir ghabh alltacht é féin agus a chompánaigh uile faoin ngabháil éisc a thóg siad agus mar an gcéanna do Shéamas agus d’Eoin, clann Zeibidé, a bhí i bpáirt le Síomón. Agus dúirt Íosa le Síomón: “Ná bíodh eagla ort, as seo amach is daoine a bheidh tú a ghabháil.” Agus tharraing siad na báid aníos ar an trá, d’fhág siad gach uile ní agus lean é.

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Sunday's Readings
FIRST READING:        Wisdom 9:13-18
Who can divine the will of God?

'What man indeed can know the intentions of God?
Who can divine the will of the Lord?
The reasonings of mortals are unsure
and our intentions unstable;
for a perishable body presses down the soul,
and this tent of clay weighs down the teeming mind.
GODIt is hard enough for us to work out what is on earth,
laborious to know what lies within our reach;
who, then, can discover what is in the heavens?
As for your intention, who could have learnt it, had you not granted Wisdom
and sent your holy spirit from above?
Thus have the paths of those on earth been straightened
and men been taught what pleases you,
and saved, by Wisdom.'

Response                                   O Lord, you have been our refuge
from one generation to the next.

1. You turn men back into dust
and say: 'Go back, sons of men.'
To your eyes a thousand years
are like yesterday, come and gone,
no more than a watch in the night.               Response

2. You sweep men away like a dream,
like grass which springs up in the morning.
In the morning it springs up and flowers:
by evening it withers and fades.                  Response

3. Make us know the shortness of our life
that we may gain wisdom of heart.
Lord, relent! Is your anger for ever?
Show pity to your servants.                          Response

4. In the morning, fill us with your love;
we shall exult and rejoice all our days.
Let the favour of the Lord be upon us:
give success to the work of our hands.    Response

SECOND READING:  Philomon   1:9-10. 12-17
Have him back, not as a slave anymore but as a dear brother.

This is Paul writing, an old man now and, what is more, still a prisoner of Christ Jesus. I am appealing to you for a child of mine, whose father I became while wearing these chains: I mean Onesimus. He was of no use to you before, but he will be useful to you now, as he has been to me. I am sending him back to you, and with him - I could say - a part of my own self. I should have liked to keep him with me; he could have been a substitute for you, to help me while I am in the chains that the Good News has brought me. However, I did not want to do anything without your consent; it would have been forcing your act of kindness, which should be spontaneous. I know you have been deprived of Onesimus for a time, but it was only so that you could have him back for ever, not as a slave any more, but something much better than a slave, a dear brother; especially dear to me, but how much more to you, as a blood-brother as well as a brother in the Lord. So if all that we have in common means anything to you, welcome him as you would me.

Gospel  Acclamation  Jn 15: 15
Alleluia, alleluia!
I call you friends, says the Lord,
because I have made known to you
everything I have learnt from my Father.

or                                      Ps 118: 135
Alleluia, alleluia!
Let your face shine on your servant,
and teach me your decrees.

J crucifiedGOSPEL:                          Luke 14:25-33
None of you can be my disciple unless you give up all your possessions.

Great crowds accompanied Jesus on his way and he turned and spoke to them.
If any man comes to me without hating his father, mother, wife, children, brothers, sisters, yes and his own life too, he cannot be my disciple.

Anyone who does not carry his cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. 'And indeed, which of you here, intending to build a tower, would not first sit down and work out the cost to see if he had enough to complete it? Otherwise, if he laid the foundation and then found himself unable to finish the work, the onlookers would all start making fun of him and saying, "' Here is a man who started to build and was unable to finish". Or again, what king marching to war against another king would not first sit down and consider whether with ten thousand men he could stand up to the other who advanced against him with twenty thousand? If not, then while the other king was still a long way off, he would send envoys to sue for peace. So in the same way, none of you can be my disciple unless he gives up all his possessions.

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:  hEagna 9:13-18
Cén duine ar féidir leis a dhéanamh amach céard is toil leis an Tiarna?

Cén duine ar féidir leis fios a fháil ar rún Dé
nó a dhéanamh amach céard is toil leis an Tiarna?
Mar, tá réasúnaíocht an duine gan mhaith
agus is guagach í ár n-intinn.
GODÓir tá an corp somhillte ina ualach ar an anam
agus tá an bhoth thalmhaí ina meáchan ar an aigne shuaite.
Is ar éigean is féidir linn a bhfuil ar an talamh a thomhas
agus ní gan dua a fhaighimid a bhfuil in aice láimhe.
Cé hé ar féidir leis, mar sin, a bhfuil ar neamh a rianú?
Cé a fuair fios ar do rún riamh murar thug tusa an eagna dó
agus murar chuir tú do spiorad naofa chuige ó na flaithis?
Sa tslí sin díríodh bóithre mhuintir an tsaoil seo
agus múineadh do dhaoine céard ab áil leatsa,
agus sábháladh iad tríd an eagna.

Freagra :                        A Thiarna, is tú ba thearmann dúinn, ár ndídean ó ghlúin go glúin

I.  Déanann tú deannach arís den duine,
Á rá: Ar ais libh, a chlann Ádhaimh.'
Óir níl míle bliain i d'fhianaise
ach mar an lá a d'imigh tharainn inné;
níl iontu ach faire na hoíche.                                      Freagra

2.Tugann tú daoine chun siúil mar bhrionglóid
nó mar fhéar úrghlas
a eascraíonn is a bhláthaíonn ar maidin
is a bhíonn feoite seargtha faoi thráthnóna.            Freagra

3.Múin dúinn ár laethanta a áireamh
chun go mbainfimis amach críonnacht chroí
Fill, a Thiarna!-cá fhad?
agus bí trócaireach le do sheirbhísigh.                      Freagra

4. Tabhair dúinn go luath ár sáith de do bhuanghá.
is déanfaimid gairdeas is lúcháir de shíor.
Bíodh caoinchineáltas an Tiarna anuas orainn.
Bí fabhrach d'obair ár lámh.                                         Freagra

AN DARA LÉACHT:   Filómen 9-10. 12-17
Glac leis, nac marsclábhaí a thuilleadh, ach rud níos fearr ná sclábhai - mar bhráthair ionúin.

A bhráithre, mise Pól, atá i mo thoscaire agus i mo ghéibheannach freisin faoi láthair thar ceann Íosa Críost, tá achainí le hiarraidh agam ort ar son Onaesamas, ar son an mhic úd agam a ghineas i ngéibheann. Is é cnú mo chroí é ach táim á chur ar ais chugat, cé go mb’fhearr liom é a choimeád agam chun freastal orm thar do cheannsa, fad atáim i ngéibheann ar son an dea-scéil. Ach níor mhaith liom aon ní a dhéanamh gan do cheadsa, le heagla gur faoi éigean a dhéanfá an mhaith agus nach de do dheoin féin é. B’fhéidir gurb é fáth a raibh sé scartha leat ar feadh tamaill, i dtreo go bhfaighfeá seilbh shíoraí air, ach ní chun go mbeadh sé ina dhaor agat feasta é ach, rud is fearr ná sin, chun go mbeadh sé ina bhráthair ionúin. Mar dá ansa liomsa é nach mó is ansa leatsa é, mar dhuine agus mar Chríostaí. Dá bhrí sin, a dhuine na páirte, fáiltigh roimhe mar a d’fháilteofá romham féin.

Alleluia Véarsa                              Eo 15: 15 
Alleluia, alleluia!
Thug mé cairde oraibh,a deir an Tiarna,
óir gach a gcuala ó m’Athair,
chuir mé in iúl daoibh é.

AN SOISCÉAL:                            N.Lúcás 14:25-33
Gach duine agaibhse nach dtréigeann a mhaoin uile ní féidir dó bheith ina dheisceabal agam.

J crucifiedSan am sin bhí sluaite móra á thionlacan, agus d’iompaigh sé agus dúirt leo: “Má thagann aon duine chugam agus gan fuath a bheith aige dá athair agus dá mháthair agus dá bhean agus dá chlann agus dá dheartháireacha agus dá dheirfiúracha, agus fiú amháin dá anam féin, ní féidir dó bheith ina dheisceabal agam.

Cibé nach ndéanann a chros a iompar agus teacht i mo dhiaidh, ní féidir dó bheith ina dheisceabal agam. Óir cé agaibh arb áil leis túr a thógáil, nach suífidh síos ar dtús agus an costas a mheas, féachaint an acmhainn dó é a chríochnú?Le heagla, tar éis dó bonn a leagan agus gan air a chumas é a thabhairt chun críche, go dtosódh an lucht féachana ag fonóid faoi á rá: ‘Thosaigh an duine seo ag tógáil agus níor chumas dó é thabhairt chun críche!’ Nó cén rí, agus é ag dul i ngleic cogaidh le rí eile, nach suífidh síos ar dtús ag déanamh comhairle, féachaint an bhféadfaidh sé dul, líon deich míle, faoina dhéin siúd atá ag déanamh air agus fiche míle aige? Agus mura bhféadann, le linn dó siúd bheith i bhfad uaidh, cuireann sé teachtaí chuige ag iarraidh coinníollacha síochána.

A dhála sin díreach, gach duine agaibhse nach dtréigeann a mhaoin uile ní féidir dó bheith ina dheisceabal agam.


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