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In Luke’s gospel (20:36), Jesus says, “They can no longer die, for they are like angels; and they are the children of God because they are the ones who will rise.” Our Lord’s words describe a wonderful future that is possible for us! We do not have to fear death because it can be simply a gateway to a deeper life. Jesus did not promise us less than we have now— rather, he promised us much more. “More” has been the pattern of life from its first beginning; for example, we already had a rudimentary consciousness in our mother’s womb, but how much more we received when we were born into the world! Then we were able to experience friendship, the joy of music, the beauty of the earth and the awareness of love.

God has even more planned for us and promises us the possibility of resurrected life, where we can discover a deeper awareness of his loving presence, and a communion that is unbreakable with all who have chosen to be with God. This ecstatic experience of love and union will deepen forever and be joyful without end—always more! We have nothing to fear, as long as we remain in Jesus.

Compiled by Deirdre Powell

Source: Living Faith, Daily Catholic Devotions (adapted).

Nov 15 - St Albert the Great (1206-80) Dominican friar, theologian and bishop

Summary: St St Albert the Great, Bishop, Doctor of the Church was born in Lauingen (Germany) about 1200; died in Cologne on this day in 1280. The "Universal Doctor" was a Dominican friar and teacher, most notably in Paris and in Cologne where Saint Thomas Aquinas studied under him. Briefly bishop of Regensburg, but resigned to return to teaching and writing. Noted for the outstanding breadth of his learning in the natural sciences, Jewish and Arabic studies, and Greek philosophy, all of which he brought to the service of his theology.

Al;bert  St Albert was one of the earliest members of the Dominican order, founded in 1216. He played a large part in the intellectual developments of the thirteenth century. He was declared patron of all those who devote themselves to the natural sciences by Pope Pius XII in 1941. Patrick Duffy tells his story.

A Swabian German
Albert was born into a wealthy and powerful military family in 1206 at Lauingen on the Danube in the Swabia region of south Germany. At 14 he went to study at Padua in Italy, already a centre noted for scientific knowledge. After two years there he joined the Dominicans against the wishes of his family. After teaching at Hildesheim, Ratisbon  (Regensburg) and Cologne Albert went to Paris, where obtained his master's degree in 1248. He was appointed director of the house of studies in Cologne where he had Thomas Aquinas as his student for four years. He became provincial of the Dominicans in Germany for three years 1254-57, and attended the Dominican General Chapter in Paris in 1256.

Universal doctor
Albert is celebrated for the wide range of his interests. He was as well versed in the physical sciences - botany, biology, astronomy, physiology, mineralogy - as well as in philosophy, theology and Scripture, so much so that his contemporaries called him the "universal doctor". He is noted especially for his efforts to integrate Aristotelian and Arabic science and philosophy with Christian theology at a time when the systems of Plato and Augustine were in favour. He even went to Rome to defend these.

Papal Advisor, bishop of Regensburg
Albert 5Albert became personal theologian to Pope Alexander IV (1245-61) who appointed him bishop of Regensburg, where spiritual and temporal affairs were in turmoil at that time. After two years, a new pope, Urban IV (1261-4) accepted his resignation and he resumed teaching in Cologne. He attended the second council of Lyons (1274) and played an active role in seeking reunion with the Greek Church. In 1277 he went to Paris to defend St Thomas Aquinas against attacks on him from the bishop of Paris and other theologians.

albert_le_grandAlzheimer's disease (?) and death
The following year Albert's memory failed him, his strong mind gradually became clouded.  Many of his symptoms resemble Alzheimer's disease. Many sufferers from that disease have begun to look on him as their patron.

His body, weakened by vigils, austerities, and manifold labours, he sank under the weight of years.  He died among his Dominican brethren in Cologne and was buried in St. Andreas' Church there, which Cardinal Frings gave into the care the Dominicans in 1947.


Albert was beatified in 1622 by Pope Gregory XV. Pope Pius XI canonised him in 1931 and declared him doctor of the Church. Ten years later Pius XII proclaimed him patron of students of the natural sciences.
Liturgical Readings for: Friday, 15th November, 2019
FIRST READING             

A reading from the book of Wisdom       13:1-9
If they are capable of acquiring enough knowledge to be able to investigate the world, how have they been so slow to find its Master?

Naturally stupid are all men who have not known God
and who, from the good things that are seen, have not been able to discover Him-who-is,
or, by studying the works, have failed to recognise the Artificer.
Fire however, or wind, or the swift air,
the sphere of the stars, impetuous water, heaven's lamps,
are what they have held to be the gods who govern the world.
If, charmed by their beauty, they have taken things for gods,
let them know how much the Lord of these excels them,
since the very Author of beauty has created them.light of world 1
And if they have been impressed by their power and energy,
let them deduce from these how much mightier is he that has formed them,
since through the grandeur and beauty of the creatures
we may, by analogy, contemplate their Author.

Small blame, however, attaches to these men,
for perhaps they only go astray
in their search for God and their eagerness to find him;
living among his works, they strive to comprehend them
and fall victim to appearances, seeing so much beauty.

Even so, they are not to be excused:
if they are capable of acquiring enough knowledge
to be able to investigate the world,
how have they been so slow to find its Master?

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm         Ps 18: 2-5
Response                             The heavens proclaim the glory of God.

1. The heavens proclaim the glory of God
and the firmament shows forth the work of his hands.
Day unto day takes up the story
and night unto night makes known the message.  Response

2. No speech, no word, no voice is heard
yet their span extends through all the earth,
their words to the utmost bounds of the world.     Response

Gospel  Acclamation              Heb 4: 12
Alleluia, alleluia!
The word of God is something alive and active:
it can judge the secret emotions and thoughts.

Or                                                    Mk 21: 28       
Alleluia, alleluia!
Stand erect, hold your heads high,
because your liberation is near at hand.


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke       17:26-37
When the day comes for the Son of Man to be revealed.

Day of the Lord. 2jpgJesus said to his disciples: 'As it was in Noah's day, so will it also be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating and drinking, marrying wives and husbands, right up to the day Noah went into the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. It will be the same as it was in Lot's day: people were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, but the day Lot left Sodom, God rained fire and brimstone from heaven and it destroyed them all. It will be the same when the day comes for the Son of Man to be revealed.

'When that day comes, anyone on the housetop, with his possessions in the house, must not come down to collect them, nor must anyone in the fields turn back either. Remember Lot's wife. Anyone who tries to preserve his life will lose it; and anyone who loses it will keep it safe. I tell you, on that night two will be in one bed: one will be taken, the other left; two women will be grinding corn together: one will be taken, the other left.' The disciples interrupted. 'Where, Lord?' they asked. He said, 'Where the body is, there too will the vultures gather.'

The Gospel of the Lord.


Gospel Reflection      Friday,         Thirty Second Week in Ordinary Time          Luke 17:26-37

Today’s first reading speaks about ‘the good things that are seen’. It celebrates ‘the grandeur and beauty’ of our world. However, the author criticises those who fail to recognise the One who stands behind all this goodness, grandeur and beauty, the Creator or Author. The world points beyond itself to the God who made it. Yet the author recognises that it is easy to become absorbed in God’s world and never acknowledge God. In the gospel reading, Jesus speaks about the ordinary and good human activities of eating and drinking, marrying, buying and selling, planting and building. Yet he also acknowledges that these good, wholesome human activities can so hold our attention that we never look beyond them to what he calls ‘the days of the Son of Man’. We already live in those days. The Son of Man, the risen Lord, stands among us. He calls out to us every day. God calls out to us through his risen Son. We can fail to notice the presence of the Lord at the heart of all our day-to-day activities. We can fail to hear God’s call amid the attractiveness and the busyness of God’s world. The readings today encourage us to be alert to the Lord’s presence in both the natural world and our own personal world. There is a sense in which the ground on which we stand, wherever it is, is always holy ground.

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 2018-19: To know the love of Christ by Martin Hogan published by  The Messenger c/f

Liturgical Readings for: Friday, 15th November, 2019

Sliocht as leabhar hEagna            13:1-9
Óir, má bhí sé ar a gcumas an oiread sin feasa a fháil, gurbh fhéidir leo tuairimíocht a dhéanamh faoin saol, cén fáth nár chuir siad aithne ar mháistir na nithe seo níos luaithe?

Is baoth ó nádúr iad na daoine go léir a bhí aineolach ar Dhia
agus nach raibh sé ar a gcumas fios a fháil
ar an Té Atá Ann, ó na nithe maithe atá le feiceáil
agus nár chuir aithne ar an gceardaí
trí mhachnamh a dhéanamh ar a oibreacha,
ach a cheap gur dhéithe a rialaíonn an domhan iad
an tine nó an ghaoth nó an t-aer mear
nó ciorcal na réaltaí nó an t-uisce suaite nó soilse neimhe.

Má mheas siad gur dhéithe iad na nithe seolight of world 1
toisc gurbh ábhar aoibhnis dóibh a n-áilleacht,
bíodh a fhios acu a oiread is atá a máistir níos fearr ná iad,
óir is é údar na háilleachta a chruthaigh iad.
Má chuir a gcumhacht agus a n-éifeacht ionadh orthu
tuigidís uathu a oiread is atá a ndealbhóir níos láidre ná iad.
Mar ó mhéid agus ó áilleacht nithe cruthaithe
cuirtear eolas ar a ndéantóir go hanalachúil.
Ach mar sin féin is beag is inlochtaithe iad na daoine seo.
Óir b’fhéidir nach ndéanann siad ach dul ar seachrán
agus iad ag lorg Dé agus dúil acu lena fháil.
Ag maireachtáil dóibh i measc a oibreacha leanann siad orthu á mionscrúdú.
Ach is amhlaidh a chuireann a ndealramh cluain orthu
toisc gurb álainn iad na nithe atá le feiceáil.
Ach arís, fiú amháin iad seo, níl siad inleithscéil.
Óir, má bhí sé ar a gcumas an oiread sin feasa a fháil,
gurbh fhéidir leo tuairimíocht a dhéanamh faoin saol,
cén fáth nár chuir siad aithne ar mháistir na nithe seo níos luaithe?

Briathar Dé.  

Salm le freagra       Sm  18: 2-5
Freagra                      Fógraíonn na spéartha glóir Dé.

1. Fógraíonn na spéartha glóir Dé
agus foilsíonn an fhirmimint saothar a lámh.
Insíonn na laethanta an scéal dá chéile
agus tugann na hoícheannta an t-eolas dá chéile.   Freagra

2. Ní chluintear caint ná canúint ná briathar
cé go ngabhann a nglór i ngach uile thír
agus a bhfocail go críocha imchiana na cruinne.     Freagra


Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir N. Lúcás                  17:26-37
Sa chaoi chéanna a bheidh, an lá a bhfuil Mac an Duine le foilsiú.

Day of the Lord. 2jpgSan am sin dúirt Íosa lena dheisceabail: Amhail mar a bhí i laethanta Naoi, is amhlaidh sin freisin a bheidh i laethanta Mhac an Duine; bhí siad ag ithe, bhí siad ag ól, bhí siad ag gabháil fear céile nó ban céile, go dtí an lá a ndeachaigh Naoi san áirc; agus tháinig an díle gur thug an bás dóibh uile. Mar an gcéanna, amhail mar a bhí I laethanta Lót: bhí siad ag ithe, bhí siad ag ól, bhí siad ag ceannach, bhí siad ag díol, bhí siad ag plandáil, bhí siad ag tógáil; ach an lá ar imigh Lót amach as Sodom, fearadh tine agus ruibh ó Dhia as an spéir gur thug an bás dóibh uile. Sa chaoi chéanna a bheidh, an lá a bhfuil Mac an Duine le foilsiú.

An lá sin, an té a bheidh ar bharr an tí agus a urra tí sa teach, ná téadh sé síos chun é a bhreith leis, agus mar an gcéanna an té a bheidh sa ghort, ná casadh sé ar ais. Cuimhnígí ar mhnaoi Lót! Cibé a iarrfaidh a anam a choinneáil slán, caillfidh sé é, agus cibé a chaillfidh é, déanfaidh sé é tharrtháil. Deirim libh, beidh beirt fhear in aon leaba an oíche sin; tógfar duine acu agus fágfar an duine eile. Beidh beirt bhan ag meilt in éineacht; tógfar bean acu ach fágfar an bhean eile. Beidh beirt sa ghort; tógfar duine acu, ach fágfar an duine eile.” Dúirt siad leis á fhreagairt: “Cén áit, a Thiarna?” Dúirt sé leo: “Mar a mbíonn an corpán, is ann freisin a bheidh na badhbha cruinnithe le chéile.”

Soiscéal Dé.

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Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 17th November, 2019


A reading from the Book of Malachi        3:19-20
For you the sun of righteousness will shine out.

The day is coming now, burning like a furnace; and all the arrogant and the evil-doers will be like stubble. The day that is coming is going to burn them up, says the Lord, leaving them neither root nor stalk. But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness will shine out with healing in its rays.

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm       Ps 97
Response                            The Lord comes to rule the peoples with fairness.

1. Sing psalms to the Lord with the harp
    with the sound of music.
    With trumpets and the sound of the horn
    acclaim the King, the Lord.                 Response

2. Let the sea and all within it, thunder;
    the world, and all its peoples.
    Let the rivers clap their hands
    and the hills ring out their joy
    at the presence of the Lord.                 Response

3. For the Lord comes,
    he comes to rule the earth.
    He will rule the world with justice
    and the peoples with fairness.             Response


A reading from the second letter of St Paul to the Thessalonians       3:7-12
Do not let anyone have any food if he refused to do any work.

You know how you are supposed to imitate us: now we were not idle when we were with you, nor did we ever have our meals at anyone's table without paying for them; no, we worked night and day, slaving and straining, so as not to be a burden on any of you. This was not because we had no right to be, but in order to make ourselves an example for you to follow.

We gave you a rule when we were with you: not to let anyone have any food if he refused to do any work. Now we hear that there are some of you who are living in idleness, doing no work themselves but interfering with everyone else's. In the Lord Jesus Christ, we order and call on people of this kind to go on quietly working and earning the food that they eat.

The Word of the Lord

Gospel  Acclamation       Lk 21: 36
Alleluia, alleluia!
Stay awake, praying at all times for the strength to stand with confidence
before the Son of Man.

Or                                             Lk 21: 28
Alleluia, alleluia!
Stand erect, hold your heads high, because your liberation is near at hand'.


A reading from the Gospel according to Luke       21:5-19
Your endurance will win you your lives.

2nd coming
When some were talking about the Temple, remarking how it was adorned with fine stonework and votive offerings, Jesus said, 'All these things you are staring at now-the time will come when not a single stone will be left on another: everything will be destroyed'. And they put to him this question: 'Master,' they said 'when will this happen, then, and what sign will there be that this is about to take place?'

'Take care not to be deceived,' he said 'because many will come using my name and saying, "I am he" and, "The time is near at hand". Refuse to join them. And when you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be frightened, for this is something that must happen but the end is not so soon.' Then he said to them, 'Nation will fight against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes and plagues and famines here and there; there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.

'But before all this happens, men will seize you and persecute you; they will hand you over to the synagogues and to imprisonment, and bring you before kings and governors because of my name - and that will be your opportunity to bear witness. Keep this carefully in mind: you are not to prepare your defence, because I myself shall give you an eloquence and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to resist or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relations and friends; and some of you will be put to death. You will be hated by all men on account of my name, but not a hair of your head will be lost. Your endurance will win you your lives.

The 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, 17th November, 2019

Slíocht as leabhar Malaci        3:19-20
Soilseoidh grian na ffréantachta oraibh.

Féach, tá an lá ag teacht, agus é ar dearglasadh mar fhoirnéis, a mbeidh na scigirí uile agus lucht déanta an oilc go léir mar choinleach, agus ídeoidh an lá atá le teacht iad sa chaoi nach bhfágfaidh sé fréamh ná craobh acu, a deir Tiarna na Slua.

Ach, maidir libhse, a thugann ómós do m’ainm, éireoidh oraibh grian na fíréantachta, bhfuil íocshláinte ina gathanna aici.

Briathar Dé

Salm le Freagra         Sm 97
Freagra                         Tá an Tiarna ag teacht  a rialú na náisiún go cothrom.

I. Canaigí sailm don Tiarna leis an gcruit
   agus le fuaim na cláirsí.
   Tugaigí gárthale fuaim stoic is adhairce
   don Tiarna, ár Rí.                                              Freagra

2. Bíodh an fharraige agus a bhfuil inti ag búirthí
    an domhan agus a maireann ann.
    Bíodh na haibhneacha ag bualadh a mbos;
    déanadh na sléibhte gairdeas
    i bhfianaise an Tiarna atá ag teacht
    a rialú na cruinne.                                            Freagra

3. Déanfaidh sé an domhan a rialú go cóir
    agus na náisiúin go cothrom.                         Freagra


Slíocht as dara litir Naomh P0l chuig na Teasalónaigh       3:7-12
An té nach bhfuil fonn oibre air, ná caitheadh sé bia ach oiread.

A bhráithre, tá a fhios agaibh féin cad atá agaibh le déanamh chun aithris a dhéanamh orainne. Ní raibh aon díomhaointeas orainne fad a bhíomar in bhur measc, ná níor ghlacamar cothú in aisce ó dhuine ar bith. Is amhlaidh a bhímis ag obair le dua agus saothar, de lá is d’oíche, ar shlí nach mbeimis inár muirín ar dhuine ar bith agaibh. Ní hé nach bhfuilimid i dteideal ár gcoda ach d’fhonn sampla a thabhairt daoibhse chun go leanfadh sibh ár lorg.

Go deimhin nuair a bhíomar in bhur measc, seo é an foláireamh a thugaimis daoibh: “An té nach bhfuil fonn oibre air, ná caitheadh sé bia ach oiread.” Tá sé á chloisteáil againn go bhfuil daoine áirithe oraibh a chaitheann a saol go díomhaoin, gan aon ní acu á dhéanamh ach a ladar a chur i ngnó daoine eile. Táimid ag tabhairt foláirimh dá leithéidí sin agus ag moladh dóibh in ainm an Tiarna Íosa Críost, bheith ag obair go ciúin dóibh féin agus a gcuid bia féin a ithe.

Briathar Dé.

Alleluia Véarsa             Lc  21: 36   
Alleluia, alleluia!
Bígí gach uile thráth do bhur bhfaire féin agus ag guí chun go mbeadh sibh ag seasamh díreach os comhair Mhac an Duine.”


Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir N. Lúcás :21:5-19
Is le bhur mbuanseasamh a ghnóthóidh sibh bhur n-anamacha.

2nd comingSan am sin nuair a bhí daoine áirithe á rá mar gheall ar an Teampall go raibh sé maisithe le clocha breátha agus le tíolaicí dúthrachta, dúirt Íosa: “A bhfuil le feiceáil ansin agaibh – tiocfaidh na laethanta nach bhfágfar cloch ar mhuin cloiche nach leagfar anuas.” D’fhiafraigh siad de ansin: “Más ea, a Mháistir, cén uair a thitfidh an méid sin amach, agus cad is comhartha ar na nithe sin a bheith ag teacht?”

Dúirt sé: “Bígí aireach agus ná cuirtear amú sibh; óir tiocfaidh mórán i m’ainmse ag rá: ‘Is mise é’; agus: ‘Tá an t-am in achmaireacht.’ Ná téigí ina ndiaidh. Nuair a chluinfidh sibh caint ar chogaí agus ar cheannaircí, ná glacaigí scéin, óir ní foláir na nithe sin a theacht ar dtús, ach ní bheidh an deireadh ann chomh luath sin.” Dúirt sé leo ansin: “Éireoidh náisiún in aghaidh náisiúin agus ríocht in aghaidh
ríochta. Beidh maidhmeanna móra talún ann, agus gortaí agus plánna anseo is ansiúd; beidh tuartha uafáis ann agus comharthaí móra ón spéir.

Ach roimh an méid sin uile, leagfar lámh oraibh agus géarleanfar sibh, tabharfar ar láimh sibh do na sionagóga agus do na príosúin, seolfar i láthair ríthe agus gobharnóirí sibh mar gheall ar m’ainmse. Is é a thiocfaidh as sin daoibh, go bhféadfaidh sibh fianaise a thabhairt. Dá bhrí sin, bíodh sé de rún agaibh gan ullmhú roimh ré chun bhur gcosanta, óir tabharfaidh mise urlabhra daoibh agus eagna nach bhféadfaidh bhur gcúisitheoirí uile cur ina haghaidh ná a bhréagnú. Tabharfar ar láimh sibh ag bhur dtuismitheoirí féin, fiú amháin, ag bhur ndeartháireacha, ag bhur ngaolta, ag bhur gcairde, agus básófar cuid agaibh, agus beidh fuath ag cách daoibh mar gheall ar m’ainmse; ach ribe de ghruaig bhur gcinn ní mhillfear. Is le bhur mbuanseasamh a ghnóthóidh sibh bhur n-anamacha.

Soiscéal Dé

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