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It takes a lifetime to learn how to live,

How to share and how to give.

How to face tragedy that comes your way,

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Author: Ruth Moyer Gilmour.

Jul 18 - St Philastrius (d. c. 397)

 Seside The 12th century former cathedral in Brescia where St Philastius is kept, are Roman remains and an 8th century apse. Next to it is Brescia's new Baroque cathedral.

Philastrius of Brescia is known especially for his strong defence of the Catholic faith against Arians and for a catalogue of heresies  attributed to him. He was the sixth bishop of Brescia, near Milan, and was known to Saints Ambrose and Augustine. Patrick Duffy explores what is known about him. The image shows Brescia's two cathedrals, the older inside which is the tomb of St Philastrius and the newer, dating from the 17th century.

From Spain or Africa?A native of Brescia, Italy, St Gaudentius received his education from St Philastrius, the Bishop of that city, before visiting monks in Palestine and Egypt.
According to a sermon preached on the 14th anniversary of his death by his successor at Brescia, St Gaudentius, an early significant event in the life of St Philastrius was a great act of renunciation, for which he is compared to Abraham. Did this involve leaving his homeland whether in Spain or Africa to come to Italy? Said to have been the sixth bishop of Brescia, Philastrius was born around 330 AD, became a priest at 30 and a bishop at 50.

Travels and preaching against heresies
After his ordination as a priest he travelled over nearly the whole Roman world (circumambiens universum pene ambitum Romani orbis), preaching against pagans, Jews, and heretics, and especially against the Arians. Like St. Paul he is said to have carried in his body the "marks" of Christ, having been scourged for his zeal against the Arians. At Milan he was a great support to the Catholic party in the time of St Ambrose's predecessor, the Arian bishop Auxentius. At Rome he held both private and public disputations with heretics, and converted many.

Known to both Ambrose and Augustine
Philastrius was was known to both Ambrose and Augustine (Ep 222). He took part in the Synod of Aquileia in 381 which dealt with Arianism. Subsequently he composed a catalogue of heresies called Diversarum Hereseon Liber around 384 which is extant. Its relationship to The Panarion - a similar catalogue of heresies - of Saint Epiphanius of Salamis in Cyprus is debated.

Bishop of Brescia
In the homily of St Gaudentius cited above, Philastrius is said to have had a lively spirit, not given to anger, but always seeking to understand. Philastrius's wanderings ceased when he was made Bishop of Brescia. As bishop he had a good knowledge of the faith and was devoted to the lowly and the poor. He was buried in the ancient cathedral of St Andrew at Brescia.

Liturgical Readings for: Thursday, 18th July, 2019

A reading from the Book of Exodus        3:13-20
I Am who I Am. I Am has sent me to you.

I AM WHOMoses, hearing the voice of God coming from the middle of the bush, said to him, 'I am to go, then, to the sons of Israel and say to them, "The God of your fathers has sent me to you". But if they ask me what his name is, what am I to tell them?' And God said to Moses, 'I Am who I Am. 'This' he added 'is what you must say to the sons of Israel: "I Am has sent me to you".' And God also said to Moses, 'You are to say to the sons of Israel: "The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you". This is my name for all time; by this name I shall be invoked for all generations to come.

'Go and gather the elders of Israel together and tell them, "The Lord, the God of your fathers, has appeared to me, - the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob; and he has said to me: I have visited you and seen all that the Egyptians are doing to you. And so I have resolved to bring you up out of Egypt where you are oppressed, into the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites, to a land where milk and honey flow." They will listen to your words, and with the elders of Israel you are to go to the king of Egypt and say to him, "the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has come to meet us. Give us leave, then, to make a three days' journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifice to the Lord our God." For myself, knowing that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless he is forced by a mighty hand, I shall show my power and strike Egypt with all the wonders I am going to work there. After this he will let you go.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm      Ps 104
Response                           The Lord remembers his covenant for ever
Or                                          Alleluia!

1. Give thanks to the Lord, tell his name,
make known his deeds among the peoples.
Remember the wonders he has done,
his miracles, the judgements he spoke.      Response

2. He remembers his covenant for ever,
his promise for a thousand generations,
the covenant he made with Abraham,
the oath he swore to Isaac.                            Response

3. He gave his people increase;
he made them stronger than their foes,
whose hearts he turned to hate his people
and to deal deceitfully with his servants.    Response

4. Then he sent Moses his servant
and Aaron the man he had chosen.
Through them he showed his marvels
and his wonders in the country of Ham.     Response

Gospel Acclamation     Ps 129: 5
Alleluia, alleluia!
My soul is waiting for the Lord, I count on his word.

 or                                          Mt 11.28-30
Alleluia, alleluia!
Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened,
and I will give you rest, says the Lord.

A reading from the Gospel according to Matthew11:28-30
I am gentle and humble in heart.happy JESUS

Jesus exclaimed:

'Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart,  and you will find rest for your souls.
Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light.'

The Gospel of the Lord.

.__________________________________________________________________________________________________________Gospel Reflection    Thursday,    Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time     Matthew 11:28-30

When Jesus declares in today’s gospel reading, ‘my yoke is easy and my burden light’, he is saying that his teaching, his understanding of God’s will, is not something burdensome. Rather, his teaching is liberating and life-enhancing. If his teaching is received and lived, it lightens the burden of oppression; it brings joy. That is not to say that Jesus’ teaching is not demanding. We only have to listen to the Sermon on the Mount to realise that Jesus’ teaching is in many ways more demanding than the teaching of the Jewish Law. If the Law prohibits murder, Jesus prohibits the kind of anger that can lead to murder. If the Law says, ‘an eye for an eye’, Jesus says, ‘love your enemy’. His teaching is demanding but not burdensome. That is because Jesus does not ask us to live his teaching out of our own strength alone. He empowers us to live out his teaching. In today’s gospel reading, Jesus does not say, ‘Come to my teaching’, but ‘Come to me’. He does not say, ‘learn my teaching’, but ‘learn from me’. He calls us into a personal relationship with himself. It is in coming to him that we receive his Spirit, the Holy Spirit, and so are empowered to live his teaching and, thereby, to become fully alive as human beings. Jesus promises that here and now we will experience something of that rest that awaits us in eternity if we come to him and allow him to empower us to live his teaching in our daily lives.


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 comes from: Weekday Reflections for the Liturgical Year 2018/2019; I Want to Know Christ    by Martin Hogan, published by The Messenger  c/f
Liturgical Readings for: Thursday, 18th July, 2019

Sliocht as  Leabhar Exodus         3:13-20
Is mé an te atá ann. An té atá ann is é a sheol chugaibh mé.

Ansin dúirt Maois le Dia: “Má théim go clann Iosrael agus a rá leo: ‘Dia bhur n-aithreacha a chuir mise chugaibh,’ agus go bhfiafraíonn siad díom: ‘Cén t-ainm atá air?’ céard a déarfaidh mé leo?” Dúirt Dia le Maois: “Is mé an te atá ann,” agus lean sé air:
“agus abair é seo le clann Iosrael: ‘An té atá ann is é a sheol chugaibh mé.’” Agus dúirt Dia arís le Maois: “Seo mar a déarfaidh tú le clann Iosrael: ‘An Tiarna, Dia bhur n-aithreacha, Dia Abrahám, Dia Íosác, Dia Iacóib, is é a chuir chugaibh mé.’ Sin é m’ainm ar feadh na síoraíochta agus sin mar a bheidh m’ainm á ghlaoch ó ghlúin go glúin.


“Imigh agus cruinnigh seanóirí chlann Iosrael le chéile agus abair leo: ‘An Tiarna, Dia bhur n-aithreacha, Dia Abrahám, Dia Íosác, Dia Iacóib, thaispeáin sé é féin dom, agus dúirt sé liom: Tháinig mé ar cuairt chugaibh agus chonaic mé a ndearnadh libh san Éigipt; agus chinn mé sibh a thabhairt amach as cruatan na hÉigipte agus isteach i dtír na gCanánach agus na Hiteach, na nAmórach agus na bPirizeach, na Hiveach agus na Iabúsach, i dtír ina bhfuil bainne agus mil ina slaoda.’ Agus éistfidh siad le do ghlór agus ní foláir duit féin agus do sheanóirí Iosrael, dul i láthair rí na hÉigipte agus a rá leis: ‘An Tiarna, Dia Iosrael, tháinig sé ag triall orainn, agus anois lig dúinn dul aistear trí lá isteach san fhásach go ndéanfaimis íobairt don Tiarna ár nDia.’ Tá a fhios agamsa áfach nach scaoilfidh rí na hÉigipte libh gan lámh thréan a luí air. Sínfidh mé mo lámh ámh agus buailfidh mé an Éigipt leis na hiontais a dhéanfaidh mé inti. Ansin scaoilfidh sé libh.

Briathar Dé.

Salm le Freagra         Sm 104
Freagra                         Cuimhníonn an Tiarna ar a chonradh go brách.

1. Altaígí don Tiarna, glaoigí ar a ainm;
foilsígí a ghníomhartha do na náisiúin.
Cuimhnigí ar na héachtaí a rinne sé;
ar a mhíorúiltí agus ar bhreitheanna a bhéil.          Freagra

2. Cuimhníonn sé ar a chonradh go brách,
ar a ghealltanas go dtí míle glúin,
an conradh a cheangail sé le hAbrahám,
an mionn a mhionnaigh sé do Íosác.                         Freagra

3. Mhéadaigh sé a phobal go mór,
go ndearna ní ba láidre ná a naimhde iad.
D’athraigh sé a gcroí siúd ionas gurbh fhuath leo a phobal,
agus gur bhaineadar mealladh as a sheirbhísigh.   Freagra

4. Chuir sé Maois, a sheirbhíseach, ag triall orthu,
agus Árón, an duine a roghnaigh sé.
D’oibrigh siad a chomharthaí ina measc,
agus a iontais i bhfearann Hám.                                Freagra

Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Mhatha      11:25-27
Táim ceansa uiríseal ó chroí.happy JESUS

Labhair Íosa agus dúirt: “Tagaigí chugam, sibhse uile a bhfuil saothar agus tromualach oraibh, agus tabharfaidh mé faoiseamh daoibh. Tógaigí oraibh mo chuing agus tagaigí ar scoil chugamsa, mar táim ceansa uiríseal ó chroí, agus gheobhaidh sibh faoiseamh do bhur n-anamacha; óir tá mo chuing so-iompair agus m’ualach éadrom.”

Soiscéal Dé.


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Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 21st July, 2019

A reading from the Book of   Genesis              18: 1-10
Lord, do not pass your servant by.

TrinityThe Lord appeared to Abraham at the Oak of Mamre while he was sitting by the entrance of the tent during the hottest part of the day. He looked up, and there he saw three men standing near him. As soon as he saw them he ran from the entrance of the tent to meet them and bowed to the ground. 'My lord,' he said 'I beg you, if I find favour with you kindly do not pass your servant by. A little water shall be brought; you shall wash your feet and lie down under the tree Let me fetch a little bread and you shall refresh yourselves before going further. That is why you have come in your servant's direction.' They replied 'Do as you say.'

Abraham hastened to the tent to find Sarah. 'Hurry' he said 'knead three bushels of flour and make loaves.' Then running to the cattle Abraham took a fine and tender calf and gave it to the servant, who hurried to prepare it. Then taking cream, milk and the calf he had prepared, he laid all before them, and they ate while he remained standing near them under the tree.

'Where is your wife Sarah?' they asked him. 'She is in the tent' he replied. Then his guest said, 'I shall visit you again next year without fail, and your wife will then have a son. '

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial                  Ps 14
Response                        The just will live in the presence of the Lord.

I. Lord, who shall dwell on your holy mountain?
He who walks without fault;
he who acts with justice
and speaks the truth from his heart;
he who does not slander with his tongue.    Response

2. He who does no wrong to his brother,
who casts no slur on his neighbour,
who holds the godless in disdain,
but honours those who fear the Lord.         Response

3. He who keeps his pledge, come what may;
who takes no interest on a loan
and accepts no bribes against the innocent.
Such a man will stand firm for ever.            Response


A reading from the second letter of St Paul to the Colossians        1: 24-28
A mystery hidden for generations has now been revealed to his saints.

It makes me happy to suffer for you, as I am suffering now, and in my own body to do what I can to make up all that has still to be undergone by Christ for the sake of his body, the Church. I became the servant of the Church when God made me responsible for delivering God's message to you, the message which was a mystery hidden for generations and centuries and has now been revealed to his saints. It was God's purpose to reveal it to them and to show all the rich glory of this mystery to pagans. The mystery is Christ among you, your hope of glory: this is the Christ we proclaim, this is the wisdom in which we thoroughly train everyone and instruct everyone, to make them all perfect in Christ.

The Word of the Lord

Gospel  Acclamation              Acts 16: 14
Alleluia, alleluia! 
Open our heart, O Lord, to accept the words of your Son.

or                                       Lk 8: 15. 16
Alleluia, alleluia!
Blessed are those who with a noble and generous heart
have heard the word and take it to themselves
and yield a harvest through their perseverance.


A reading from the Gospel according to Luke       10: 38-42
Martha welcomed him into her house. Mary has chosen the better part.

Jesus came to a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. She had a sister called Mary, who sat down at the Lord's feet and listened to him speaking. Now Martha who was distracted with all the serving said, 'Lord, do you not care that my sister is leaving me to do the serving all by myself? Please tell her to help me.' But the Lord answered: 'Martha, Martha,' he said 'you worry and fret about so many things, and yet few are needed, indeed only one. It is Mary who has chosen the better part; it is not to be taken from her.'

Gospel of the Lord

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, 21st July, 2019

Sliocht as  Leabhar Geineasas        18:1-10
A thiarna, más áil leat mé, ná gabh thar do shearbhónta.

TrinityThaispeáin an Tiarna é féin dó ag Dair Mhamrae agus é ina shuí i mbéal a bhotha I mbrothall an lae. D’fhéach sé suas agus b’shiúd triúr fear ina seasamh ina chóngar. Chomh luath agus a chonaic sé iad, rith sé ó bhéal na botha ina gcoinne agus shléacht go talamh rompu. “A thiarna,” ar sé, “más áil leat mé, ná gabh thar do shearbhónta, le do thoil. Tugtar braon uisce chugaibh agus ionlaigí bhur gcosa agus ligigí bhur scíth faoin gcrann. Tabharfaidh mé greim aráin chugaibh agus bíodh lón agaibh don bhóthar ar aghaidh. Chuige sin a casadh i dtreo bhur searbhónta sibh.” “Déan mar a deir tú,” ar siad.

Bhrostaigh Abrahám don bhoth go Sárá. “Faigh,” ar sé, “agus fuin trí mhiosúr de phlúr agus déan builíní.” Agus rith Abrahám chun an tréada agus rug sé leis lao breá méith agus thug don searbhónta é agus d’ullmhaigh seisean é faoi dheifir. Thug sé leis ansin gruth agus bainne agus an lao a bhí réidh aige agus leag sé an chóir sin go léir rompu agus fad a bhíodar ag ithe sheas sé láimh leo faoin gcrann. Agus chuireadar ceist air: “Cá bhfuil do bhean Sárá?” “Tá sí sa bhoth,” ar sé. “Fillfidh mé ort,” arsa an t-aoi, “sea, fillfidh mé um an dtaca seo an bhliain seo chugainn, agus beidh mac ag Sárá do bhean.” Bhí Sárá ag cúléisteacht ag doras na botha taobh thiar de.

Briathar Dé.

Salm le Freagra             Sm 14
Freagra                             A Thiarna, cé a dhéanfaidh cónaí i do phuball?

1. Cé a lonnóidh ar do Shliabh Naofa, a Thiarna?
An té a shiúlann gan cháim;
an té a dhéanann fíréantacht,
a labhraíonn go díreach óna chroí
agus nach ndéanann tromaíocht lena theanga.         Freagra

2. An té nach ndéanann ole dá chomharsa
is nach dtugann masla don duine thall;
an té ar beag aige an drochdhuine
agus ar mór aige aos eagla an Tiarna.                         Freagra

3. An té nach gcuireann a chuid airgid ar úsaireacht
is nach nglacann le breab in aghaidh an neamh chiontaigh.
An té sin a dhéanfaidh amhlaidh,
ní bhainfear dá threoir e go brách.                              Freagra


 Sliocht as Litir Naomh Pól chuig na Colosaigh      1:24-28
Rúndiamhair a bhí ceilte ar feadh na gcianta atá nochta anois dá phobal naofa.

A bhráithre, is cúis áthais domsa a bhfuil á fhulaingt anois agam ar bhur son. Cibé easnamh a bhí ar pheannaidí Chríost táimse a dhéanamh suas i mo cholainn féin ar mhaithe lena chorpsan, is é sin, ar mhaithe leis an Eaglais. Rinneadh maor ar an Eaglais díomsa de bharr an chúraim a thug Dia dom le déanamh daoibhse, mar atá briathar Dé á fhógairt ina iomláine: an rúndiamhair a bhí ceilte ar feadh na gcianta agus na nglún, ach atá nochta anois dá phobal naofa. Ba dheoin le Dia a nochtadh dóibhsean cad é mar shaibhreas glórmhar a thugann an rúndiamhair seo do na gintlithe, is é sin, go bhfuil Críost in bhur measc ag deimhniú na glóire daoibh. Sin é an Críost a bhímidne a fhógairt: bímid ag tabhairt comhairle agus teagaisc do chách le barr eagna, d’fhonn an uile dhuine a thabhairt chun foirfeachta i gCríost.

Briathar Dé.  

Alleluia Véarsa           Gniom 16: 14
Alleluia, alleluia!
Oscail ár gcroí,A Thiarna,
Cun aird a thabhairt ar bhraithra do Mhic


Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh        10:38-42
Chuir Marta fáilte roimh Íosa chun a tí.  Is í an pháirt is fearr ba rogha le Máire

Jesus & MarthaSan am sin tháinig Íosa isteach i mbaile áirithe, agus chuir bean darbh ainm Marta fáilte roimhe chun a tí. Bhí deirfiúr aici darbh ainm Máire, agus bhí sí seo ina suí ag cosa an Tiarna ag éisteacht lena bhriathar. Marta féin, áfach, bhí a hintinn tógtha suas ag an iomad freastail. Stad sí os a chomhair amach agus dúirt:

“A Thiarna, an ea nach cás leat gur fhág mo dheirfiúr an freastal fúmsa i m’aonar? Abair léi mar sin lámh chúnta a thabhairt dom.” Dúirt an Tiarna léi á freagairt:

“A Mharta, a Mharta, tá imní ort agus buaireamh mar gheall ar mhórán nithe. Ach níl riachtanas ach le haon ní amháin. Óir is í an pháirt is fearr ba rogha le Máire, agus ní bhainfear í sin di.”

Soiscéal Dé

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