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Pictorial Thought for Today

Pictorial Thought for Today

Oct 24 - St Anthony Mary Claret (1807-70) archbishop of Santiago, Cuba

Summary: St Anthony Claret, Bishop.Born in Sallent (Spain) in 1807; died in exile in France in 1870. Spent more than a decade preaching missions and retreats in Catalonia, and founded a religious institute, later known as the Claretians. He was appointed archbishop of Santiago (Cuba) where he aroused opposition for his spiritual and social reforms and for championing the rights of the indigenous peoples. Finally, as chaplain to Queen Isabella II, drew the arts and sciences into his missionary endeavour. Noted for his work through the spoken and printed word.

Anthony ClaretThere are 3,100 Claretian missionaries working in sixty-five different countries around the world. Founded in Spain by St Anthony Mary Claret in 1849 as the Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the initials of each member is CMF (Cordis Mariae Filius = "Son of the Heart of Mary").

Patrick Duffy tells the story of the founder.

Early life
Amc1Anthony was born in Catalonia, Spain. His father was a weaver and Anthony also trained as a weaver. But when he was twenty-two, he entered the seminary at Vich and was ordained a priest six years later in 1835. After working for a while in his home parish, he went to Rome to work for the Propagation of the Faith. In Rome he entered the novitiate of the Jesuits but had to leave because of ill health. He returned to Spain and was assigned as pastor in his home parish. He spent ten years giving missions and retreats in Catalonia. As well as preaching, he wrote many books and set up a religious publishing house.

On mission in Gran Canaria
n 1848 when his life was threatened, Anthony's bishop sent him to the Canary Islands where he preached with great success and touched the hearts of many of the people. After a year he returned to Catalonia and in the following year gathered together five priests who formed the basis of the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (popularly known as Claretians). He also founded the great religious library at Barcelona, now Libreria Claret.

AMC3Archbishop of Santiago, Cuba
At the suggestion of the Queen of Spain, Isabella II, Anthony was named archbishop of Santiago, Cuba (1850). For the next seven years he made pastoral visitations, reorganised the seminary, boosted the morale and zeal of the clergy. preached against slavery, and regularised marriages. As a result of his activity he was frequently threatened with death and on one occasion an attempt was made on his life.

Confessor to Queen Isabella II
In 1857 Anthony was recalled to Spain to be confessor to the queen. He reluctantly accepted this and became rector of the centre for ecclesiastical studies at the Escorial near Madrid. In 1868 when Queen Isabella II went into exile in Paris, Anthony went also.  In 1869 he was in Rome, preparing for the First Vatican Council. At the insistence of the Spanish ambassador, he was placed under house arrest in the Cistercian monastery at Fontfroide near Narbonne, where he died at the age of 63. His remains were ultimately returned to Vich.

Message and relevance
The patience of St. Anthony Claret was tested in the political upheavals of the nineteenth century, both in his native Spain and in Cuba. His efforts at reform stirred up a great deal of hostility.
Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 24th October, 2021

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

World Mission Sunday

Scripture Theme
We can see clearly through the faith that has been given to us. 'The Lord has done great things for us.'
We now have to help others to see the way, to guide them to the streams of saving water.


A reading from the book of the Prophet Jeremiah          31:7-9
Theme: I will comfort the blind and the lame as I lead them back.

The Lord says this:
Shout with joy for Jacob!
Hail the chief of nations!
Proclaim! Praise! Shout!
'The Lord has saved his people,moses-leads
the remnant of Israel!'

See, I will bring them back
from the land of the North
and gather them from the far ends of earth;
all of them: the blind and the lame,
women with child, women in labour:
a great company returning here.

They had left in tears,
I will comfort them as I lead them back;
I will guide them to streams of water,
by a smooth path where they will not stumble.
For I am a father to Israel,
and Ephraim is my first-born son.

The Word of the Lord.                    Thanks be to God.

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


 A reading from the letter to the Hebrews       5:1-6
Theme: You are a priest of the order of Melchizedek, and for ever.

jesus-high-priest Every high priest has been taken out of mankind and is appointed to act for men in their relations with God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins; and so he can sympathise with those who are ignorant or uncertain because he too lives in the limitations of weakness. That is why he has to make sin offerings for himself as well as for the people. No one takes this honour on himself, but each one is called by God, as Aaron was. Nor did Christ give himself the glory of becoming high priest, but he had it from the one who said to him: You are my son, today I have become your father, and in another text: You are a priest of the order of Melchizedek, and for ever.

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                                                  2Tim 1:10    
Alleluia, alleluia!
Our Saviour, Christ Jesus abolished death,
and he has proclaimed life and immortality through the Good News.


The Lord be with you.          And with your spirit
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark        10:46-52        Glory to you, O Lord.
Theme: Master, let me see again.

 eyeAs Jesus left Jericho with his disciples and a large crowd, Bartimaeus (that is, the son of Timaeus), a blind beggar, was sitting at the side of the road. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout and to say, 'Son of David, Jesus, have pity on me.' And many of them scolded him and told him to keep quiet, but he only shouted all the louder, 'Son of David, have pity on me.'

Jesus stopped and said,
'Call him here.'
So they called the blind man. 'Courage,' they said 'get up; he is calling you.' So throwing off his cloak, he jumped up and went to Jesus.
Then Jesus spoke,
'What do you want me to do for you?'
'Rabbuni,' the blind man said to him 'Master, let me see again.'
Jesus said to him,
'Go; your faith has saved you.'
And immediately his sight returned and he followed him along the road.

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, 24th October, 2021

Sliocht as Leabhar Irimia, Fáidh Irimia      31:7-9
Tabharfaidh mise sólás an dall agus an bacach agus mé á dtreorú ar ais.

Mar seo mar a deir an Tiarna:
Scairtigí le lúcháir ar son Iacóib!
Tógaigí gártha do cheann na náisiún!
Fógraígí! Molaigí! Gáirigí:moses-leads
‘Shábháil an Tiarna a phobal, fuíoll Iosrael!’

Féach, tabharfaidh mé ar ais iad
as an tír thuaidh,
agus cruinneoidh mé iad ó na críocha in imigéin;
iad go léir, an dall agus an bacach,
an bhean torrach agus an bhean i dtinneas clainne;
tiocfaidh siad ina gcuideachta mhór ag filleadh.

Is le gol a d’imigh siad,
tabharfaidh mise sólás dóibh agus mé á dtreorú ar ais;
déanfaidh mé eolas an bhóthair dóibh go srutháin uisce,
slí dhíreach in áit nach bhfaighidh siad tuisle.
Óir táim i m’athair ag Iosrael,
agus is é Eafráim mo chéadghin mic.

Briathar an Tiarna              Buíochas le Dia

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 na 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


Sliocht as Liter cuig na Eabhraig                5:1-6
Is sagart síoraí thú ar nós Mheilcizidic.

jesus-high-priestGach ardsagart a thógtar as na daoine, ceaptar é chun seirbhís a dhéanamh do Dhia thar ceann na ndaoine. Ofrálann sé tabhartais agus íobairtí in éiric peacaí. Is féidir dó trua a ghlacadh do dhaoine atá aineolach agus atá ag dul ar fán de bhrí go bhfuil sé féin lag ó gach taobh. Dá dheasca sin freisin ní foláir dó íobairtí a ofráil in éiric peacaí, ní amháin thar ceann an phobail ach ar a shon féin chomh maith. Agus ní ghabhann aon duine an gradam seo chuige féin mura bhfaigheann sé gairm ó Dhia mar a fuair Árón. Mar an gcéanna níor thug Críost gradam ardsagairt dó féin ach fuair sé é ón té a dúirt leis: “Is tú mo Mhac; ghin mé thú inniu.” Agus in áit eile fós deir sé leis: “Is sagart síoraí thú ar nós Mheilcizidic.”

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 an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Marcas        10:46-52      Glóir duit, a Thiarna
Rabúní, mo radharc a bheith agam!

eyeSan am sin tháinig siad go Ireachó; agus ag dul amach as Ireachó d’Íosa fara a dheisceabail agus slua mór, bhí dall, fear déirce, Bairtiméas mac Thiméas, ina shuí le hais an bhóthair. Nuair a chuala sé gurbh é Íosa an Nazairéanach a bhí ann thosaigh sé ar screadach agus ar a rá: “A Mhic Dháiví, a Íosa, déan trócaire orm!” Agus bhagair a lán daoine air a bheith ina thost, ach is ea ba mhó a scread sé: “A Mhic Dháiví, déan trócaire orm.”

Stad Íosa agus dúirt:
“Glaoigí anseo air.”
Agus ghlaoigh siad ar an dall á rá leis:
“Bíodh misneach agat! Éirigh! Tá sé ag glaoch ort!”
Chaith sé siúd de a bhrat, d’éirigh de phreab, agus tháinig chun Íosa.

Ansin labhair Íosa leis:
“Cad ab áil leat mé a dhéanamh duit?” ar sé.
Dúirt seisean leis:
“Rabúní, mo radharc a bheith agam!”
Dúirt Íosa leis:
“Imigh leat! Shlánaigh do chreideamh thú.”
Tháinig a radharc dó láithreach agus lean sé é sa tslí.

Soiscéal Dé

Machtnamh ar Bhriathar Dé dia Domhnaigh

Cad a guímís ó Dhia?

Tá roinnt cásanna ins na soiscéil de daoine dall a fuair leigheas ó Íosa, ach is dócha gurb é an ceann is fearr ná é seo faoi Bartimaeus, agus tá ceacht praiticiúil ann dúinn. Chaill an fear bocht a radharc, agus nuair a chuala sé go raibh Íosa Naasaret ag dul thart timpeall, bhí air cinneadh a chéanamh go tapa. Ba féidir leis fanacht ina shuí go ciúin agus ligeant do Íosa dul ar aghaidh gan bacadh air, nó ar an dtaobh eile, dféadfadh sé an ócáid a ghabháil le fuinneamh, agus iarratas a dhéanamh ar Íosa, é a leigheas. Bhí an slua ag rá go raibh an chumhacht ag Íosa leigheas a chur ar daoine, ach caithfeadh tú a aire a thabhairt ort féin, agus iarratas faoi leigheas a chéanamh go poiblí. D'iarr Íosa go chineálta ar an bhfear dall, "Cad is mian leat go ndhéanfainn ar do shon?" Níorbh mhór don fear a fhadhb a ainmniú, focail a chur ar a bhí de dhíth air. Más gá le ceann eadrainn le leigheas ar rud éigin, bíodh sé daille, alcólacht, dúlagar nó aon andúil, ní mór dúinn a rá le Dia cad atá cearr linn. Ní mór dúinn AINM a thabhairt ar cad is mian linn ó Dhia. Ar ndóigh, tá a fhios ag Dia ar ár riachtanais, ach deireann Íosa "Iarr agus gheobhaidh tú." "Is cinnte go dtabharfaidh d'Athair neamhaí dóibh siúd a iarrann air."

Pádraig Ó Rúairí, cp,
Sliabh Argus, Átha Cliath.



© An Sagart
Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 31st October, 2021

A reading from the Book of Deuteronomy       6:2-6
Theme: Listen, Israel:You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart.

Moses said to the people:
'If you fear the Lord your God all the days of your life and if you keep all his laws and commandments which I lay on you, you will have a long life, you and your son and your grandson.
Listen then, Israel, keep and observe what will make you prosper and give you great increase, as the Lord God of your fathers has promised you, giving you a land where milk and honey flow.

'Listen, Israel: The Lord our God is the one Lord. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength. Let these words I urge on you today be written on your heart.'

The Word of the Lord.              Thanks be to God.

Responsorial Psalm            Ps 17:2-4.47. 51
Response                                  I love you, Lord, my strength.

1. I love you, Lord, my strength,
my rock, my fortress, my saviour.
My God is the rock where I take refuge;
my shield, my mighty help, my stronghold.
The Lord is worthy of all praise:
when I call I am saved from my foes.         Response

2. Long life to the Lord, my rock!
Praised be the God who saves me.
He has given great victories to his king
and shown his love for his anointed.           Response


A reading from the letter to the Hebrews       7:23-28
Theme: Christ, because he remains forever, can never lose his priesthood.

There used to be a great number of priests under the former covenant, because death put an end to each one of them; but this one, Christ, because he remains for ever, can never lose his priesthood. It follows then, that his power to save is utterly certain, since he is living for ever to intercede for all who come to God through him.

To suit us, the ideal high priest would have to be holy, innocent and uncontaminated, beyond the influence of sinners, and raised up above the heavens; one who would not need to offer sacrifices every day, as the other high priests do for their own sins and then for those of the people, because he has done this once and for all by offering himself. The Law appoints high priests who are men subject to weakness; but the promise on oath, which came after the Law, appointed the Son who is made perfect for ever.

The Word of the Lord              Thanks be to God.

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                                               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.


The Lord be with you.                     And with your spirit
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark 12:28-34        Glory to you, O Lord.
Theme: This is the first commandment: The second is like it.

One of the scribes came up to Jesus and put a question to him,
'Which is the first of all the commandments?'
Jesus replied,
'This is the first: Listen, Israel, the Lord our God is the one Lord, and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength.
The second is this: You must love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.'

The scribe said to him,
'Well spoken, Master; what you have said is true: that he is one and there is no other. To love with all your heart, with all your understanding and strength and to love your neighbour as yourself, this is far more important than any holocaust or sacrifice.'
Jesus, seeing how wisely he had spoken said,
'You are not far from the kingdom of God.'
And after that no one dared to question him any more.

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, 31st October, 2021

Sliocht as an Leabhar Deotranaimí           6:2-6
Éist, a Iosrael: Gráigh an Tiarna do Dhia ó do chroí go hiomlán

Duirt Maois leis an bpobal:
Má bhíonn eagla an Tiarna do Dhia ort, ar an gcuma sin, gach lá de do shaol, agus má choimeádann tú na dlíthe agus na nósanna go léir a leagaim ort, beidh fad saoil agat, agat féin agus ag do mhac agus ag mac do mhic. Éist mar sin a Iosrael agus féach chuige go gcuirfidh tú i ngníomh na nithe a chuirfidh conách agus rath go hiomarcach ort, faoi mar a gheall an Tiarna Dia do shinsear duit I dtír ina bhfuil bainne agus mil ina slaoda.
“Éist, a Iosrael: an Tiarna ár nDia, an t-aon Tiarna.
Gráigh an Tiarna do Dhia ó do chroí go hiomlán,
ó do anam go hiomlán, agus ó do neart go hiomlán.
Na briathra seo a ordaím duit inniu,
bídís greanta ar do chroí.

Briathar an Tiarna     Buíochas le Dia.
Salm le Freagra                Sm 17
Freagra                                Mo ghrá thú, a Thiarna, mo neart thú.

I. Mo ghrá thú, a Thiarna, mo neart thú.
mo charraig thú, mo dhaingean is mo shlánaitheoir. Freagra

2. Mo Dhia thú, mo charraig, is mo dhídean;
mo sciath, adharc mo shlánaithe, mo dhún.
Glaoim ar an Tiarna dar dleacht moladh
agus déantar mo shaoradh ó mo naimhde.                   Freagra

3. Go maire an Tiarna! Is é mo charraig é
Go raibh Dia mo Shlánaitheoir á mhóradh.
Thug sé caithréimeanna dá Rí
agus nocht sé a ghrá dá Ungthach.                                  Freagra

DARA LÉACHT                 

Sliocht as an céad Litir Naomh Pól chuig na Eabhraig        7:23-28
Is sagartacht shíoraí atá ag Íosa de bhrí go bhfuil sé ann go deo.

A bhráithre, nárbh fholáir sluaite de na sagairt eile úd a bheith ann toisc nach raibh duine acu buanmharthanach mar gheall ar an mbás.Ach is sagartacht shíoraí atá ag Íosa de bhrí go bhfuil sé ann go deo. Dá thoradh sin, is féidir leis na daoine a thagann chun Dé tríd a shlánú go hiomlán de bhrí go maireann sé de shíor chun idirghuí a dhéanamh ar a son.

Ba é a leithéid sin d’ardsagart a bhí oiriúnach dúinn: sagart naofa, neamhurchóideach, gan smál, a bhí scartha ó na peacaigh agus tógtha suas os cionn na bhflaitheas; sagart nár ghá dó, faoi mar ba ghá do na hardsagairt eile úd, íobairt a ofráil go laethúil in éiric a ph eacaí féin ar dtús agus ansin in éiric peacaí an phobail. Níor ofráil seisean íobairt ach aon uair amháin riamh agus sin nuair a d’ofráil sé é féin. Rinne an dlí ardsagairt de dhaoine a raibh laige éigin iontu. Ach an briathar a neartaíodh le mionn a thug Dia i bhfad níos déanaí ná an dlí, rinne sé sin ardsagart den Mhac, eisean a bhfuil buaic na foirfeachta bainte amach aige go deo.

Briathar an Tiarna         Buíochas le Dia.  

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


Go raibh an Tiarna libh.            Agus le do spiorad féin
Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Marcas        12:28-34        Glóir duit, a Thiarna.
“Cén chéad aithne de na haitheanta go léir?”

San am sin tháinig duine de na scríobhaithe chuig Íosa agus chuir sé ceist air:
“Cén chéad aithne de na haitheanta go léir?”
D’fhreagair Íosa:
“Seo í an chéad cheann: ‘Cluin, a Iosrael, an Tiarna ár nDia is aon Tiarna ann agus gráóidh tú do Thiarna Dia ó do chroí go hiomlán, agus ó d’anam go hiomlán agus ó d’aigne go hiomlán agus ó do neart go hiomlán.’

Seo í an dara ceann: ‘Gráóidh tú do chomharsa mar thú féin.’ Níl aithne eile is mó ná iadsan.”

Dúirt an scríobhaí leis:
“Maith mar a labhair tú, a Mháistir. Dúirt tú le fírinne gur aon é agus nach bhfuil aon neach eile ann ach é. É a ghráú ón gcroí go hiomlán, ón tuiscint go hiomlán, agus ón neart go hiomlán, agus an chomharsa a ghráú mar an duine féin, is mó sin go mór ná na híobairtí dóite agus na hofrálacha go léir.”

Nuair a chonaic Íosa gur labhair sé go ciallmhar, dúirt sé leis:
“Ní fada thú ó ríocht Dé.”
Ní raibh sé de mhisneach ag aon duine ceist a chur air as sin amach.

Soiscéal an Tiarna.      Moladh duit, a Chriost

Machtnamh ar Bhriathar Dé dia Domhnaigh

An Grá agus Aitheanta Dé

Cad é an nasg idir an ghrá agus na Deich Aitheanta, atá in onóir ag Iúdaigh agus na Críostaithe mar an teagasg morálta is áirde? Mar aon le hÍosa, feiceann naomh Pól nasc riachtanach idir an Dlí agust himpleachtaí a bhaineann le grá: “Iadsan a chleachtaíonn an grá, tá an Dlí comhlíonta acu" (Róm 13: 8). Ach ní féidir an abairt sin a aisiompú go simplí, amhail is dá mbeadh an dlí a choimead mar an gcéanna le grá ár n-chomharsa. Ar ndóigh, tá cosc ? ar dhúnmharú, goid, adhaltranas agus luí; ach iarrann Íosa i bhfad níos mó ná sin, de réir a shampla féin ("bíodh grá agaibh dá chéile faoi mar atá agamsa libh") agus de réir sampla an dea-Samaritánaigh: "Téigí agus déanaigí mar an gcéanna" (Lk 10:37). Ós chion de sheachaint ó’n bpeaca, ní mór dúinn an dlí a choinneáil i spiorad an ghrá.

Pádraig Ó Rúairí, cp,
Sliabh Argus, Átha Cliath.

© An Sagart