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Sep 17 - St Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621) Jesuit theologian and bishop

Summary: Once a spiritual director at the English College, Rome, St Robert Bellarmine encouraged the student priests there who were later to become martyrs. He was a Jesuit theologian and then a bishop who was almost elected pope. He also concurred in the condemnation of Galileo.

Patrick Duffy reiterates his story here.

Early Robert Bellaminelife
orn in Montepulciano in Tuscany, Robert's father was a chief magistrate and his mother the sister of Pope Marcellus II (Marcello Cervini - 1555). After a broad education, he entered the Jesuits at 18. He taught classics and studied theology at Padua and Louvain, where he was ordained.

Theologian to Pope Clement VIII
Robert taught controversial theology - it was the Reformation time - and was recalled to teach at the Gregorian University. He was also spiritual director to the English College when many of the students would have to face martyrdom when they went back to their home country. Then after three years as Jesuit provincial in Naples, Pope Clement VIII (Ippolito Aldobrandini, pope 1592-1650) called him to be his personal theologian. Subsequently he became a cardinal and archbishop of Capua. Almost elected pope in 1605, the new pope, Paul V (Camillo Borghese), appointed him prefect of the Vatican Library.

Concurred in Galileo's condemnation
Although Galileo was a personal friend, Bellarmine accepted the Ptolemaic view of the earth as the centre of the universe and though he tried to persuade Galileo to present the Copernican view as theory and not as fact, he concurred in Galileo's condemnation.

Later life 
Towards the end of his life he retired to the Jesuit novitiate in Rome and wrote a devotional work on The Art of Dying Well. He died on 17th September 1621 and is buried in the Lady Chapel of the Gesù, the main Jesuit church in Rome. He was canonised in 1930 and declared a doctor of the Church the following year.

Liturgical Readings for: Friday, 17th September, 2021

Friday of 24th week in Ordinary Time, Year 1

A reading from the first letter of St Paul to Timothy         6:2-12
Theme: As a man dedicated to God, you must aim to be saintly and religious, filled with faith and love.

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This is what you are to teach the brothers to believe and persuade them to do. Anyone who teaches anything different, and does not keep to the sound teaching which is that of our Lord Jesus Christ, the doctrine which is in accordance with true religion, is simply ignorant and must be full of self-conceit - with a craze for questioning everything and arguing about words. All that can come of this is jealousy, contention, abuse and wicked mistrust of one another; and unending disputes by people who are neither rational nor informed and imagine that religion is a way of making a profit.

Religion, of course, does bring large profits, but only to those who are content with what they have. We brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it; but as long as we have food and clothing, let us be content with that. People who long to be rich are a prey to temptation; they get trapped into all sorts of foolish and dangerous ambitions which eventually plunge them into ruin and destruction. 'The love of money is the root of all evils' and there are some who, pursuing it, have wandered away from the faith, and so given their souls any number of fatal wounds.

But, as a man dedicated to God, you must avoid all that. You must aim to be saintly and religious, filled with faith and love, patient and gentle. Fight the good fight of the faith and win for yourself the eternal life to which you were called when you made your profession and spoke up for the truth in front of many witnesses.

The Word of the Lord.               Thanks be to God.

Responsorial Psalm            Ps  48
Response                                How happy are the poor in spirit; theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

1. Why should I fear in evil days
the malice of the foes who surround me,
men who trust in their wealth,
and boast of the vastness of their riches?   Response

2. For no man can buy his own ransom,
or pay a price to God for his life.
The ransom of his soul is beyond him.
He cannot buy life without end,
nor avoid coming to the grave.                      Response

3. Then do not fear when a man grows rich,
when the glory of his house increases.
He takes nothing with him when he dies,
his glory does not follow him below.            Response

4. Though he flattered himself while he lived:
'Men will praise me for doing well for myself,'
yet he will go to join his fathers,
who will never see the light any more.         Response

Gospel  Acclamation            Ps 94: 8
Alleluia, alleluia!
Harden not your hearts today but listen to the voice of the Lord.

Or                                                 Mt 11: 25
Alleluia, alleluia!
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for revealing the mysteries of the kingdom to mere children .


The Lord be with you.          And with your spirit
A reading from the Gospel according to Luke       8:1-3              Glory to you, O Lord.
Theme: With Jesus went several women who provided for him out of their own resources.J+Women

Jesus made his way through towns and villages preaching, and proclaiming the Good News of the kingdom of God. With him went the Twelve, as well as certain women who had been cured of evil spirits and ailments: Mary surnamed the Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, Joanna the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, Susanna, and several others who provided for them out of their own resources.

The Gospel of the Lord.             Glory to you, O Lord.

Gospel Reflection     Friday,       Twenty Fourth Week in Ordinary Time        Luke 8:1-3

There is a lot of human wisdom in today’s first reading, from the first letter of Saint Paul to Timothy. He quotes an obvious truth, ‘we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it’. On that basis, he warns Timothy and his community against longing to be rich. Paul recognizes that the excessive love of money can be the root of a lot of evils and declares, in particular, that those who set their hearts on wealth tend to wander away from the faith. It is a message that is very much in keeping with Pope Francis’s call on us to live simply.

In the gospel reading, we hear of a group of women who had not set their hearts on their wealth. These women weren’t poor; they had material resources. One of them was the wife of the chief steward of Herod, the tetrarch of Galilee. Even though they seem to have been better off than many of their contemporaries, they were not attached to their resources, their wealth. The gospel reading says that they provided for Jesus and his disciples out of their resources. Jesus and his disciples were poor and they depended on the generosity of people like these women to continue with their work. All of these woman had experienced the healing power of Jesus in their lives, and this was their way of expressing their gratitude to him.

Today’s readings remind us that it is not what we possess that matters so much, but what we do with what we possess. Like the women, we have all been blessed and graced by the Lord in various ways. Like them, we are called to use our resources, including our material resources, in grateful service of the Lord and his people.


The scripture readings are taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd and used with the permission of the publishers.

The Gospel reflection is available with our thanks from Reflections on the Weekday Readings 2020-2021:  You have the Words of Eternal life by Martin Hogan and published by Messenger Publications  c/f www.messenger.ie/bookshop/

Liturgical Readings for: Friday, 17th September, 2021

Sliocht as céad Litir Naomh Pól chuig Timóteas         6: 2-12
Déan na nithe sin a theagasc agus a fhógairt.

following in the footsteps of Jesus

A bhráithre ionúin, déan na nithe sin a theagasc agus a fhógairt. Duine ar bith a thugann a mhalairt de theagasc agus nach réitíonn le briathra fónta ár dTiarna Íosa Críost, leis an teagasc atá de réir na cráifeachta, is ag borradh le bród atá sé agus gan aon tuiscint aige ach cíocras air chun aighnis agus conspóide, nithe nach dtagann dá mbarr ach éad agus achrann, achasáin agus drochamhras agus an iomarbhá úd a bhíonn ag daoine a bhfuil a n-intinn ag meathlú agus an fhírinne caillte acu. Is dóigh leo gurb údar saibhris an chráifeacht.

Is mór an t-údar saibhris í an chráifeacht go deimhin, an té a bhíonn sásta lena chuid. Mar níor thugamar aon ní isteach sa saol ná ní féidir dúinn aon ní a thógáil as. Dá réir sin má bhíonn bia agus éadach againn, beimid sásta. Iad sin a mbíonn dúil sa saibhreas acu titeann siad i gcathú agus gabhtar sa líon iad ag na hainmhianta iomadúla baotha díobhálacha úd a tharraingíonn daoine ar bhealach a millte agus a mbascaithe. Dúil san airgead is bun do gach olc, agus le barr dúile ann tá daoine áirithe imithe ar fán ón gcreideamh agus is iomaí arraing atá curtha trína gcroí féin acu.

Ach ós óglach Dé tusa, seachain na nithe sin. Bíodh tóir agat ar an bhfíréantacht, ar
an gcráifeacht, ar an gcreideamh, ar an ngrá, ar an bhfoighne agus ar an láchas. Fear
cath an chreidimh go calma agus bain amach an bheatha shíoraí, mar is chun na beatha
sin a fuair tú an glaoch nuair a rinne tú an dea-admháil chreidimh i láthair mórán

Briathar an Tiarna           Buíochas le Dia

Salm le freagra             Sm  48
Freagra                            Is méanar dóibh seo atá bocht ó spiorad, óir is leo ríocht na bhflaitheas.

Cén fáth a mbeadh eagla orm lá an oilc
agus mioscais lucht ceilge i mo thimpeall
dream a mbíonn a ndóchas ina saibhreas
agus a mhaíonn as méid a maoine?           Freagra

2. Ní thig le haon duine é féin a fhuascailt
ná éiric a anama a dhíol le Dia
is ródhaor aige éiric a anama.
Ní thig leis síorbheatha a cheannach
le súil nach bhfeice sé an uaigh.                           Freagra

3Ná bíodh eagla ort má éiríonn duine saibhir:
má mhéadaíonn ar mhaoin a theaghlaigh.
Nuair a éagfaidh sé ní bhéarfaidh sé dada leis,
ná ní rachaidh a rachmas chun na huaighe leis. Freagra

4. Cé gur bhreá leis a shaol fad a mhair sé
“maífidh gach aon neach mo shéanmhaireacht”
rachaidh sé i bhfochair a shinsear
nach bhfeicfidh an solas go brách.                         Freagra


Go raibh an Tiarna libh.   Agus le do spiorad féin
Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Lúcás        8:1-3     Glóir duit, a Thiarna.
Súsanna, agus mórán nárbh iad, a bhíodh ag freastal ar Íosa agus orthu as a maoin.

San am sin thaistil Íosa cathracha agus bailte ag seanmóir agus ag fógairt dea-scéal ríocht Dé, agus an dáréag á thionlacan 2chomh maith le mná áirithe a bhí leigheasta ó dhrochspioraid agus ó éagruais: Máire ar a nglaotar an Mhaigdiléanach – a raibh seacht ndeamhain imithe aisti agus Ióanna bean Chúsa, maor Héaróid, agus Súsanna, agus mórán nárbh iad, a bhíodh ag freastal orthu as a maoin.

Soiscéal an Tiarna.     Moladh duit, a Chriost

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Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 19th September, 2021

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Theme: The followers of Jesus must also share in his Passion. The very way of life of the Christian will be seen as a reproach to others and therefore to be opposed. The Christian will also be accused for not conforming to the world’s values and standards. In all this we must look to Jesus, the model of the suffering servant.


A reading from the Book of Wisdom             2:12.17-20
Theme: Let us condemn him to a shameful death.

The godless say to themselves,
'Let us lie in wait for the virtuous man,  since he annoys us and opposes our way of life,
reproaches us for our breaches of the law
and accuses us of playing false to our upbringing.
spying on othersLet us see if what he says is true,
let us observe what kind of end he himself will have.
If the virtuous man is God's son,
God will take his part and rescue him from the clutches of his enemies:
Let us test him with cruelty and with torture,
and thus explore this gentleness of his
and put his endurance to the proof.
Let us condemn him to a shameful death
since he will be looked after - we have his word for it.'

The Word of the Lord              Thanks be to God.

Responsorial Psalm          Ps 53:3-6. 8
Response                              The Lord upholds my life.

1. O God, save me by your name;
by your power, uphold my cause.
O God, hear my prayer;
listen to the words of my mouth.          Response

2. For proud men have risen against me,
ruthless men seek my life.
They have no regard for God.                 Response

3. But I have God for my help.
The Lord upholds my life.
I will sacrifice to you with willing heart
and praise your name for it is good.   Response


A reading from the letter of St James       3:16 - 4:3
Theme: Peacemakers, when they work for peace, sow the seeds which will bear fruit in holiness.

shaking-handsWherever you find jealousy and ambition, you find disharmony, and wicked things of every kind being done; whereas the wisdom that comes down from above is essentially something pure; it also makes for peace, and is kindly and considerate; it is full of compassion and shows itself by doing good; nor is there any trace of partiality or hypocrisy in it. Peacemakers, when they work for peace, sow the seeds which will bear fruit in holiness.

Where do these wars and battles between yourselves first start? Isn't it precisely in the desires fighting inside your own selves? You want something and you haven't got it; so you are prepared to kill. You have an ambition that you cannot satisfy; so you fight to get your way by force.

Why you don't have what you want is because you don't pray for it; when you do pray and don't get it, it is because you have not prayed properly, you have prayed for something to indulge your own desires.

The Word of the Lord            Thanks be to God.

Gospel  Acclamation       Jn 8:12
Alleluia, alleluia!
I am the light of the world, says the Lord,
anyone who follows me will have the light of life.

Or                                         2 Thes 2: 14
Alleluia, alleluia!
Through the Good News that we brought he called you to this
so that you should share the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.


The Lord be with you.       And with your spirit
A reading from the Gospel according to Mark          9: 30-37       Glory to you, O Lord
Theme: 'The Son of Man will be delivered.
If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself last of all and servant of all.'

After leaving the mountain Jesus and his disciples made their way through Galilee; and he did not want anyone to know, because he was instructing his disciples; he was telling them, 'The Son of Man will be delivered into the hands of men; they will put him to death; and three days after he has been put to death he will rise again.' But they did not understand what he said and were afraid to ask him.

They came to Capernaum, and when he was in the house he asked them,
'What were you arguing about on the road?' They said nothing because they had been arguing which of them was the greatest. So he sat down, called the Twelve to him and said, 'If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself last of all and servant of all.' He then took a little child, set him in front of them, put his arms round him, and said to them,
'Anyone who welcomes one of these little children in my name, welcomes me;
and anyone who welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.

The Gospel of the Lord          Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

For homily resources for this Sunday's Gospel click here:  https://www.catholicireland.net/sunday-homily/______________________________

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.
Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 19th September, 2021

Sliocht as an Leabhar hEagna       2:12. 17-20
Daoraimis chun báis náirigh é.

Deir na héagráifigh leo féin:
Déanaimis luíochán roimh an bhfíréan
mar cuireann sé as dúinn,
agus ní áil leis ár ngníomhartha;
casann sé linn ár gcionta in aghaidh an dlíspying on others
agus cuireann sé cúl le cine inár leith.
Feicimis mar sin an fíor a ndeir sé:
faighimis amach cén chríoch a bheidh air féin.
Más é fíormhac Dé é, déanfaidh Dia é a chosaint
agus a shaoradh ó lámha a naimhde.
Cuirimis promhadh air le cruatan agus le céasadh
go bhfeicfimid an cheansacht atá ann
agus go mbainfimid triail as a fhoighne.
Daoraimis chun báis náirigh é
mar beidh cabhair le fáil aige – is é féin a dúirt linn é.”

Briathar an Tiarna   Buíochas le Dia

Salm le Freagra                 Sm 53
Freagra                                 Tá an Tiarna ag cosaint mo bheatha.
1. Slánaigh mé, a Dhia, le d'ainm;
déan mo chúis a agairt le do neart.
Éist, a Dhia, le m'urnaí;
tabhair cluas do bhriathra mo bhéil.                  Freagra

2. Óir d'éirigh lucht an díomais i m'éadan;
ta daoine gan trua ar thóir m'anama;
níl aird ar bith acu ar Dhia.                                  Freagra

3. Tá Dia ag teacht i gcabhair orm;
tá an Tiarna ag cosaint mo bheatha.
Déanfaidh mé íobairt duit, a Thiarna, go fonnmhar,
agus molfaidh mé d'ainm toisc gur maith é.    Freagra


Sliocht as Liter Séamus           3:16-4:3
Síolann lucht déanta na síochána an síol a thabharfaidh fómhar na fíréantachta, go síochánta.

shaking-handsA clann ionúin, mar a mbíonn éad agus uaillmhian dhoicheallach, bíonn corrthónacht agus gach sort drochbhirt. Ach an eagna ó lastuas tá sí ar dtús íon, ansin síochánta, cineálta, sochomhairlithe, lán de thrócaire agus de dhea-thorthaí, gan leathchuma, gan cur i gcéill. Síolann lucht déanta na síochána an síol a thabharfaidh fómhar na fíréantachta, go síochánta.

Cad faoi deara cogaí agus cathanna a bheith in bhur measc? Nach é seo, go bhfuil bhur n-ainmhianta ag troid le chéile in bhur mbaill bheatha? Santaíonn sibh rud éigin agus níl sé agaibh; maraíonn sibh agus lorgann sibh, ach ní féidir daoibh teacht air; fearann sibh cath agus cogadh, ach ní fhaigheann sibh seilbh mar nach n-iarrann sibh. Iarrann sibh rud, ach ní fhaigheann sibh mar nach n-iarrann sibh go cuí, ach lena chaitheamh ar bhur n-ainmhianta.

Briathar an Tiarna           Buíochas le Dia

Alleluia Véarsa             Eo 8:12
Alleluia, alleluia!
Is mise solas an tsaoil, a deir an Tiarna; an té a leanfaidh mise beidh solas na beatha aige.


Go raibh an Tiarna libh.       Agus le do spiorad féin
Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Marcas              9:30-37       Glóir duit, a Thiarna.
Tabharfar Mac an Duine. Más mian le haon duine a bheith ar tosach, ní foláir dó bheith ar deireadh cách agus ina sheirbhíseach ag cách.

San am sin ag imeacht as an áit sin dóibh, ghabh Íosa agus dá deisceabail tríd an nGailíl agus níorbh áil leis go mbeadh fios ag aon duine, mar bhí sé ag teagasc a dheisceabal, a rá leo: “Tabharfar Mac an Duine ar lámh do dhaoine agus cuirfidh siad chun báis é, agus tar éis a mharaithe, éireoidh sé tar éis trí lá.”
Ach níor thuig siad an focal, agus bhí eagla orthu ceist a churair.

Tháinig siad go dtí Cafarnáum, agus sa teach do d’fhiafraigh sé díobh:
“Cad a bhí áchur trí chéile agaibh sa tslí?” Ach ní raibh focal astu, óir bhí siad ag díospóireacht le chéile, ar an tslí, féachaint cé acu ba mhó. Shuigh sé agus ghlaoigh chuige an dáréag agus dúirt leo: “Más mian le haon duine a bheith ar tosach, ní foláir dó bheith ar deireadh cách agus ina sheirbhíseach ag cách.”
Agus ag breith ar leanbh dó, chuir sé é ina sheasamh i lár baill eatarthu, agus, ag tabhairt barróige dó, dúirt sé leo: “Cibé duine a ghlacfaidh a leithéid seo de leanbh ar son m’ainm, glacann sé mise, agus cibé a ghlacfaidh mise, ní mise, ach an té a chuir uaidh mé, a ghlacann sé.”

Soiscéal an Tiarna.      Moladh duit, a Chriost

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