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Thought for today Saint of the day Today's Readings Sunday's Readings
Thought for today

Along the Weary Way.


When I find that I am laden
With cares of the day
I turn to Sweet Jesus
Who lights up my way.

He knows of my feelings,
Each heartache and bruise;
He gives strength and courage
And aching limbs soothes.

He gives me confidence
That I sometimes lack,
He lightens the load
I bear on my back.

Author: Catherine Janssen Irwin.
Saint of the day

Oct 20 - St Paul of the Cross (1694-1775) founder of the Passionists

Summary: St Paul of the Cross, Priest. Born at Ovada (Italy) in 1694; died in Rome on 18 October 1775. After some years of uncertainty, felt called to found a new congregation, the Passionists, who combined a strict penitential discipline with intense devotion to the passion of Christ and whose work was both active and contemplative. Noted for his prophetic preaching in parish missions, for calling sinners to repentance, and for his special gifts of healing.

"The service of God does not require good words and good desires, but efficient workmanship, fervor and courage. "If I could preach only one sermon, it would be on the love and mercy of God"" - St. Paul of the CrossSt Paul of the Cross was the founder of the Passionists, a congregation that has preached the passion of Christ as the centre from which the love of God shines out. Patrick Duffy tells his story.

Early life
Paolo Francesco Danei, was born on January 3, 1694, in the town of Ovada, Piedmont, between Turin and Genoa. He was a pious youth. For a while he became a soldier and fought against the Turks, but then devoted himself to a solitary life of prayer.

Vision of Christ's passion
In 1720 a vision of Christ's passion inspired him to found a religious order devoted to the passion and Bishop Gastinera of Alessandria in Piedmont vested him in the habit that had been shown to him in a vision, which  Passionists wear even to this day. His spirituality drew its power from meditation on the passion of Jesus as expressing the great love of God. Poverty and self-denial were the qualities that would make his priest shine before the world.

Approval of the Rule
Paolo then went to Rome to get approval for his Rule. His ideal was to combine meditation with the practical work of preaching to the poor and ministering to the sick. The way of life was very hard, and eventually Benedict XIV persuaded him to moderate it and approved the Rule in 1741. He was elected the first superior general in 1747 and his priests were soon in demand throughout Italy.

Spread through Italy
Meanwhile he had built his first monastery near Obitello. Sometime later he established a larger community at the Church of St. John and Paul in Rome. For fifty years he was a tireless missionary of Italy. God lavished upon him the greatest gifts in the supernatural order, but he treated himself with the greatest rigor, and believed that he was a useless servant and a great sinner.

"The service of God does not require good words and good desires, but efficient workmanship, fervour and courage. "If I could preach only one sermon, it would be on the love and mercy of God"" - St. Paul of the Cross

Death and influence
His death occurred at Rome in the year 1775, at the age of eighty-one. The Passionists opened up in Belgium in 1840 and in England the following year. They came to Ireland in Ireland in the 1850s. Fr Dominic Barbieri was the provincial in England who received John Henry Newman into the Catholic Church. Fr Charles of Mount Argus joined up in Belgium, came to England and lived most of his life in Mount Argus, Dublin. He was canonised by Pope Pius IX in 1867. His feast day is October 20.

Today's Readings
FIRST READING              Ephesians 1:15-23
God has made Christ  the head of the Church; which is his body.

I, having once heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus, and the love that you show towards all the saints, have never failed to remember you in my prayers and to thank God for you. May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, give you a spirit of wisdom and perception of what is revealed, to bring you to full knowledge of him. May he enlighten the eyes of your mind so that you can see what hope his call holds for you, what rich glories he has promised the saints will inherit and how infinitely great is the power that he has exercised for us believers. This you can tell from the strength of his power at work in Christ, when he used it to raise him from the dead and to make him sit at his right hand, in heaven, far above every Sovereignty, Authority, Power, or Domination, or any other name that can be named not only in this age but also in the age to come. He has put all things under his feet and made him, as the ruler of everything, the head of the Church; which is his body, the fullness of him who fills the whole creation.

Responsorial Psalm         Ps 8
Response                              You gave your Son power over the works of your hand.

1. How great is your name, a Lord our God,
through all the earth!
Your majesty is praised above the heavens;
on the lips of children and of babes
you have found praise to foil your enemy.            Response

2. When I see the heavens, the works of your hands,
the moon and the stars which you arranged,
what is man that you should keep him in mind,
mortal man that you care for him?                        Response

3. Yet you have made him little less than a god;
with glory and honour you crowned him,
gave him power over the works of your hand,
put all things under his feet.                                  Response

Gospel  Acclamation  1 Sam 3: 9
Alleluia, alleluia!
Speak, Lord, your servant is listening:
you have the message of eternal life.
Alleluia !

or                                        Jn 15:25
Alleluia, alleluia!
The Spirit of truth will be my witness,
And you too will be witnesses, says the Lord.
Alleluia !


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke        12:8-12
When the time comes, the Holy Spirit will teach you what you must say.

Jesus said to his disciples: 'I tell you, if anyone openly declares himself for me in the presence of men, the Son of Man will declare himself for him in the presence of God's angels. But the man who disowns me in the presence of men will be disowned in the presence of God's angels.

'Everyone who says a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.

'When they take you before synagogues and magistrates and authorities, do not worry about how to defend yourselves or what to say, because when the time comes, the Holy Spirit will teach you what you must say.'

The Gospel of the Lord.

Gospel Reflection        
Saturday        Twenty Eighth Week in Ordinary Time       Luke 12:9-12

In today’s gospel reading, Jesus speaks in the awareness that it will often be difficult for his followers to publicly acknowledge him. It will be tempting to hide their faith in Jesus, because to do otherwise may entail being dragged before synagogues and magistrates and authorities. Knowing that this scenario awaits them, Jesus speaks a word of encouragement to his disciples. He assures them that if they have the courage to publicly acknowledge him in the presence of others, then in the life of the kingdom he, Jesus, will publicly acknowledge them in the presence of the angels. He also assures them that in courageously bearing witness to him before others, they won’t be left to their own resources. Rather, the Holy Spirit will be given to them and will teach them what they are to say in such hostile situations. These words of Jesus remain an encouragement to us today. We can be tempted to keep our faith very quiet, to keep a low profile when it comes to our relationship with the Lord. There is a subtle pressure in our society to push faith to the margins. We can be made feel a little odd if we show ourselves to be people of faith in the Lord and his church. Yet, the Lord needs us to publicly acknowledge him, just as he needed his first disciples to so the same. He asks us to be courageous in witnessing to our faith; he promises to publicly acknowledge us in eternity, if we publicly acknowledge him now. He also assures us of the help and inspiration of the Holy Spirit in our efforts to live our faith publicly.


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 2017/2018; ‘LET THE WORD OF GOD DWELL IN YOU' by Martin Hogan, published by The Messenger c/f

Sliocht as an céad Litir Naomh Pól chuig na  hEifísigh       1:15-23
Cheap Dia Críost , os cionn gach ní, ina cheann ar an Eaglais is corp.

A bhráithre, ón uair a chuala mé iomrá ar an gcreideamh atá agaibhse sa Tiarna Íosa agus ar an ngrá atá agaibh do na naoimh go léir, nar stad mé ach ag gabháil buíochais le Dia ar bhur son agus ag cuimhneamh oraibh i m’urnaithe. Bím á iarraidh ar Dhia ár dTiarna Íosa Críost, ar Athair na Glóire, spiorad na heagna agus na géarchúise a thabhairt daoibh chun go gcuirfeadh sibh aithne air. Go soilsítear súile bhur n-aigne ar shlí go dtuigfidh sibh cad é mar údar dóchais daoibh bhur ngairm aige agus cad é mar oidhreacht fhairsing ghlórmhar atá aige i ndán don phobal naofa agus ollmhaitheas na cumhachta a chuir sé i bhfeidhm ar ár son-na, creidmhigh – an chumhacht éachtach úd a chuir sé ag obair i gCríost nuair a thóg sé ó mhairbh é agus chuir ina shuí ar a dheis sna flaithis é go hard os cionn gach ceannas agus údarás agus cumhacht agus tiarnas agus os cionn gach ainm dar féidir a ainmniú ní sa saol seo amháin é ach sa saol atá le teacht chomh maith. Agus chuir sé gach ní faoina smacht agus cheap é, os cionn gach ní, ina cheann ar an Eaglais is corp dó agus arb í iomláine an té úd a líonann gach ní go hiomlán í.

Briathar Dé. 

Salm le freagra               Sm 8
Freagra                              Thug tú ceannas ar oibreacha do lámh dó do Mhac.
1. A Thiarna, ár dTiarna, nach éachtach é
d’ainm ar fud na cruinne!
Moltar do mhaorgacht os cionn na spéartha
as béal naíonán agus leanaí cíche.                Freagra

2. Nuair a fheicim na spéartha, saothar do mhéar –
an ré agus na réaltaí a rinne tú –
cad is duine ann go dtógfá ceann de?
ná mac an duine go ndéanfá cúram de?      Freagra

3. Rinne tú beagán níos lú ná dia é
gur chuir tú barr glóire agus gradaim air.
Thug tú ceannas ar oibreacha do lámh dó
agus chuir tú gach aon ní faoina chosa.       Freagra
SOISCÉAL           Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh  Lúcás       12:8-12
Múinfidh an Spiorad Naomh daoibh an uair sin féin na nithe nach foláir a rá.

San am sin dúirt Íosa lena dheisceabail : Deirim libh, gach aon duine a ghlacfaidh liomsa os comhair daoine, glacfaidh Mac an Duine leis sin chomh maith os comhair aingeal Dé; ach an té a shéanfaidh mise i láthair daoine, séanfar eisean i láthair aingeal Dé. Agus gach aon duine a déarfaidh focal in aghaidh Mhac an Duine, maithfear dó é; ach an té a mbíonn diamhasla déanta aige in aghaidh an Spioraid Naoimh, ní bhfaighidh sé maithiúnas ann. Nuair a thabharfar sibh i láthair na sionagóg agus na ngiúistísí agus an lucht údaráis, ná bígí go himníoch ag fiafraí conas bhur gcúis a phlé, ná cad a déarfaidh sibh; óir múinfidh an Spiorad Naomh daoibh an uair sin féin na nithe nach foláir a rá.”

Soiscéal Dé

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Sunday's Readings

A reading from the Book of the prophet Isaiah          53:10-11
If he offers his life in atonement, he shall see his heirs, he shall have a long life.

The Lord has been pleased to crush his servant with suffering.
If he offers his life in atonement,carrying the cross
he shall see his heirs, he shall have a long life
and through him what the Lord wishes will be done.

His soul's anguish over
he shall see the light and be content.
By his sufferings shall my servant justify many,
taking their faults on himself.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm           Ps 32:4-5. 18-20.22.
Response                                 May your love be upon us, O Lord, as we place all our hope in you.

1. The word of the Lord is faithful
and all his works to be trusted.
The Lord loves justice and right
and fills the earth with his love.       Response

2 .The Lord looks on those who revere him,
on those who hope in his love,
to rescue their souls from death,
to keep them alive in famine.            Response

3 .Our soul is waiting for the Lord.
The Lord is our help and our shield.
May your love be upon us, O Lord,
as we place all our hope in you.        Response


A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Hebrews        4:14-16
Let us be confident, then, in approaching the throne of grace.Jesus deep in thought

Since in Jesus, the Son of God, we have the supreme high priest who has gone through to the highest heaven, we must never let go of the faith that we have professed. For it is not as if we had a high priest who was incapable of feeling our weaknesses with us; but we have one who has been tempted in every way that we are, though he is without sin. Let us be confident, then, in approaching the throne of grace, that we shall have mercy from him and
find grace when we are in need of help.

The Word of the Lord.

Gospel  Acclamation      Jn 14:15
Alleluia, alleluia!
I am the way, the truth and the life, says the lord:
no one can come to the Father excpt through me.

or                                          Mk 10: 45
Alleluia, alleluia!
The Son of Man came to serve,
and to give his life as a ransom for many.


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark 10: 35-45
The Son of Man came to give his life as a ransom for many.

James and John, the sons of Zebedee, approached Jesus. 'Master,' they said to him 'we want you to do us a favour.' He said to them, 'What is it you want me to do for you?' They said to him, 'Allow us to sit one at your right hand and the other at your left in your glory.’ You do not know what you are asking" .Jesus said to them. 'Can you drink the cup that I must drink, or be baptised with the baptism with which I must be baptised’ They replied, 'We can.' Jesus said to them, 'The cup that I must drink you shall drink, and with the baptism with which I must be baptised you shall be baptised, but as for seats at my right hand or my left, these are not mine to grant; they belong to those to whom they have been allotted.'Jesus serves

When the other ten heard this they began to feel indignant with James and John, so Jesus called them to him and said to them, 'You know that among the pagans their so-called rulers lord it over them, and their great men make their authority felt. This is not to happen among you. No; anyone who wants to become great among you must be your servant, and anyone who wants to be first among you must be slave to all. For the Son of Man himself did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

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.

Sliocht as Leabhar Íseáia, Fáidh Íseáia        53:10-11
Má thugann sé a anam in éiric an pheaca, feicfidh sé a shliocht, cuirfidh sé fad lena shaol.

Ba thoil leis an Tiarna é a bhascadh le breoiteacht.
Má thugann sé a anam in éiric an pheaca,carrying the cross
feicfidh sé a shliocht, cuirfidh sé fad lena shaol,
agus rachaidh toil an Tiarna chun cinn ina lámha.
“Tar éis saothar a anama,
feicfidh sé an solas agus beidh sásamh air.
Lena phianta déanfaidh mo ghiolla fíréin de na sluaite,
á luchtú féin le hualach a gcionta.

Briathar Dé.  

Salm le Freagra         Sm 32
Freagra                         Tabhair dúinn do bhuanghrá, a Thiarna, de réir an dóchais a chuirimid ionat.

1. Is dílis é briathar an Tiarna,
agus is iontaofa a obair uile.
Is ionúin leis an chóir is an ceart;
tá an talamh lán de bhuanghrá an Tiarna.   Freagra

2. Féach, tá súile an Tiarna ar lucht a eaglaithe,
orthu sin a chuireann a ndóchas ina bhuanghrá,
chun go bhfuadódh sé a n-anamacha ón mbas
is go gcothódh sé iad in am an ghorta.          Freagra

3. Bíonn ár n-anam ag feitheamh leis an Tiarna:
is é sin ár gcabhair is ár sciath.
Tabhair dúinn do bhuanghrá, a Thiarna,
de réir an dóchais a chuirimid ionat.            Freagra


Sliocht as an céad Litir Naomh Pól chuig na Eabhraig       4;14-16
Druidimis go muiníneach le ríchathaoir an ghrásta.

Jesus deep in thoughtA bhráithre, ós rud é, mar sin, go bhfuil ardsagart againn atá gafa tríd na flaithis, Íosa, Mac Dé, coinnímis greim docht ar ár gcreideamh. Ní amhlaidh atá ardsagart againn nach féidir dó tuiscint a bheith aige dár laigí ach ceann a triaileadh i ngach slí cosúil linn féin ach nach ndearna peaca riamh. Dá bhrí sin, druidimis go muiníneach le ríchathaoir an ghrásta le súil go ndéanfar trócaire orainn agus go bhfaighimis grásta a chabhróidh linn in am an ghátair.

Briathar Dé. 


Alleluia Véarsa          Marcas 10:45  
Alleluia, alleluia!
Tháinig Mac an Duine chun go ndéanfadh sé féin freastal,
agus a anam a thabhairt mar cheannach ar mhórán.


Sliocht as an Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Marcas        10: 42-45
Tháinig Mac an Duine chun a anam a thabhairt mar cheannach ar mhórán.

San am sin tháinig Séamas agus Eoin, clann Zeibidé; chuig Íosa á rá leis: “A Mhaistir, is mian linn go ndéanfá dúinn cibé ní a iarrfaimid ort.” Dúirt seisean leo: “Cad ab áil libh a dhéanfainn daoibh?” Agus dúirt siadsan leis: “Tabhair dúinn go suífimis, duine againn ar do dheis, agus duine againn ar do chlé, i do ghlóir.” Dúirt Íosa leo: “Níl a fhios agaibh cad atá sibh a iarraidh. An bhféadann sibh an cupa a ól atá á ól agamsa, agus sibh do bhur mbaisteadh leis an mbaisteadh lena bhfuilimse do mo bhaisteadh?”
Dúirt siad leis: “Féadaimid.” Dúirt Íosa leo: “An cupa atáim a ól, ólfaidh sibh, agus leis an mbaisteadh lena bhfuilim do mo bhaisteadh, baistfear sibh; ach maidir le suí ar mo dheis nó ar mo chlé, ní agamsa atá sin le tabhairt, ach is dóibh siúd é dá bhfuil sé i ndán.” Ar a chloisteáil sin don deichniúr thosaigh siad ar a bheith míchéadfach i dtaobh Shéamais agus Eoin.

Jesus servesAgus ghlaoigh Íosa chuige iad agus dúirt sé leo: “Tá fhios agaibh go mbíonn an mhuintir, a shamhlaíonn a bheith ag rialú na ngintlithe, ag tiarnú orthu, agus a gcuid uaisle ag smachtúchán orthu. Ach ní mar sin atá an scéal eadraibhse, ach an duine ar mian leis a bheith ina uasal eadraibh, beidh sé ina sheirbhíseach daoibh, agus an duine ar mian leis a bheith ina cheann oraibh, beidh sé ina sclábhaí ag cách. Óir níor tháinig Mac an Duine chun go mbeifí ag freastal air, ach chun go ndéanfadh sé féin freastal, agus a anam a thabhairt mar cheannach ar mhórán.”

Soiscéal Dé

Machtnamh ar Bhriathar Dé dia Domhnaigh

Ainseo le freastal ort

Nach minic a bhímid féinéiseach lenár gcuid ama agus fuinnimh. Tá an oiread sin leithscéal inmhuirearaithe chun dul siar ón a’r nduailgasaí agus obair a chaithfear a dhéanamh a chur ar leath-taobh. Cé chomh héasca ná maireachtáil díreach dúinn féin agus ligean don chómharsa cúnamh dó féin. Ach iarrann an Tiarna orainn sinn a cheistiú, "Cad is féidir liom a dhéanamh do mo phobal?" seachas "Cad is féidir le mo phobal a dhéanamh domsa?" Is ceacht bhunúsach í gur mór dúinn a bheith ag fhoghlaim ar fud ár saol. Léiríonn Séamus agus Eoin, sa Soiscéal inniu, sampla ar conas a bheith féinéiseach fiú amháin in ár bpaidreacha. íarann siad ó íosa na suíocháan is áirde ina ríocht. Bfhéidir nach ndéanaimíd urnaí i ndáiríre ach nuair is mian linn rud éigin a thaithneóch go mór linn féin. Ar iarratas an bheirt aspail, freagraíonn Íosa le ceist dá chuid féin, le tuiscint go gcaithfidh siad a gcuid tosaíochtaí a athrú. Is é seo an t-iarratas agus an urnaí is fearr is féidir linn a dhéanamh le Dia: "Déanfar do dhéantar ar an talamh mar atá sé ar neamh" (Mt 6:10). Agus is é toil Dhia ná go mairimid ár saol tar éis eiseamlár Chríost a Mhic, agus ár dtabhairt féin i seirbhís do dhaoine eile.

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

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