Pictorial Thought for Today

Pictorial Thought for Today
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Jul 21 - St Lawrence of Brindisi (1559-1619)

Summary of St Lawrence of Brindisi, Priest, Doctor of the Church Born at Brindisi (Italy) in 1559; died at Lisbon (Portugal) on this day in 1619. A presbyter in the Capuchin order and later its minister general. A noted biblical scholar and linguist, charged with preaching to Lutherans. He organised Christian princes against the incursions of the Ottomans. Noted for his zealous teaching and promotion of the Catholic reform that followed the Council of Trent.

Lawrence of Brindisi 1Lawrence of Brindisi was a gifted linguist. He was also a brave Capuchin priest who played an important part in promoting the Catholic faith in the late 16th and early 17th centuries.

Patrick Duffy tells some of what is known about him.

Linguist and Evangeliser
orn Julius Caesar Rossi in Brindisi in Apulia, south-east Italy, into a family of Venetian merchants, his father died when he was twelve. He was educated at Saint Mark's College in Venice. At sixteen he joined the Capuchins in Verona as Brother Lawrence, studied at the University of Padua, and became an accomplished linguist, speaking most European and Semitic languages fluently.

Definitor-General for the Capuchins
Lawrence was appointed definitor-general for the Capuchins in Rome in 1596; Pope Clement VIII assigned him the task of converting the Jews in the city. He was so fluent in Hebrew that many rabbis thought he had been a Jew who converted to Christianity. In 1599, he was sent to establish Capuchin monasteries in Germany and Austria, and converted many Protestants to the Catholic faith.

Lawrence_of_BrindisiLeads Army against the Turks
n 1601, Lawrence was the imperial chaplain for the army of Rudolph II, Holy Roman Emperor, and successfully recruited Philippe Emmanuel, Duke of Mercoeur, to help fight against the Ottoman Turks. He then led the army during the capture of Székesfehérvár from the Ottoman Empire, armed only with a crucifix.

Minister-General of the Capuchins
In 1602 Lawrence was elected minister-general of the Capuchins. He was elected again in 1605, but declined the office this time and entered the service of the Holy See, becoming nuncio to Bavaria. After serving as nuncio to Spain, he retired to a monastery in 1618.

Death in Lisbon
n effort to achieve peace for kingdom of Naples took him off again on a journey to Lisbon to visit the king of Spain, but here he contracted a serious illness and died in 1619.

Lawrence was beatified in 1783 by Pope Pius VI, canonized in 1881 by Pope Leo XIII. In 1956 the Capuchins completed a 15-volume edition of his writings and sermons.

In 1959  Pope John XXIII declared him a doctor of the church.
Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 21st July, 2024

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Jesus has compassion on the crowd that has need of teaching and guidance. His teaching is given with authority, it is confirmed by miracles. It brings together those who share his message. The Church always needs shepherds who are prepared to teach and build up the unity of the flock.

FIRST READING               

A reading from the book of the Prophet Jeremiah        23:1-6
The remnant of my flock I will gather and I will raise up shepherds to look after them.

'Doom for the shepherds who allow the flock of my pasture to be destroyed and scattered' - it is the Lord who speaks! This, therefore, is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says about the shepherds in charge of my people:
You have let my flock be scattered and go wandering and have not taken care of them. Right, I will take care of you for your misdeeds - it is the Lord who speaks!
But the remnant of my flock I myself will gather from all the countries where I have dispersed them, and will bring them back to their pastures: they shall be fruitful and increase in numbers.
I will raise up shepherds to look after them and pasture them; no fear, no terror for them any more;
not one shall be lost - it is the Lord who speaks!

god's shepSee, the days are coming - it is the Lord who speaks
when I will raise a virtuous Branch for David,
who will reign as true king and be wise,
practising honesty and integrity in the land.
In his days Judah will be saved and Israel dwell in confidence.
And this is the name he will be called:
'The Lord-Our-Integrity.'

The Word of the Lord.     Thanks be to God.

Responsorial Psalm        Ps 22.
Response                      The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

1. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
Fresh and green are the pastures where he gives me repose.
Near restful waters he leads me, to revive my drooping spirit.                                  Response

2. He guides me along the right path; he is true to his name.
If I should walk in the valley of darkness no evil would I fear.
You are there with your crook and your staff; with these you give me comfort.     Response

3. You have prepared a banquet for me in the sight of my foes.
My head you have anointed with oil; my cup is overflowing.                                     Response

4. Surely goodness and kindness shall follow me all the days of my life.
In the Lord's own house shall I dwell for ever and ever.                                              Response


A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Ephesians        2:13-18
Christ Jesus is the peace between us, and has made the two into one.

J unifies usIn Christ Jesus, you that used to be so far apart from us have been brought very close, by the blood of Christ. For he is the peace between us, and has made the two into one and broken down the barrier which used to keep them apart, actually destroying in his own person the hostility caused by the rules and decrees of the Law.

This was to create one single New Man in himself out of the two of them and by restoring peace through the cross, to unite them both in a single Body and reconcile them with God. In his own person he killed the hostility. Later he came to bring the good news of peace, peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near at hand. Through him, both of us have in the one Spirit our way to come to the Father.

The Word of the Lord.                   Thanks be to God.

Gospel  Acclamation                Jn 10:27  
Alleluia, alleluia!
The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice, says the Lord,
I know them and they follow me.


The Lord be with you              And with your spirit.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark       6:30-34            Glory to you, O Lord.
They were like sheep without a shepherd.

sheep in dangerThe apostles rejoined Jesus and told him all they had done and taught. Then he said to them,
'You must come away to some lonely place all by yourselves and rest for a while';
for there were so many coming and going that the apostles had no time even to eat. So they went off in a boat to a lonely place where they could be by themselves. But people saw them going, and many could guess where; and from every town they all hurried to the place on foot and reached it before them.

o as he stepped ashore he saw a large crowd; and he took pity on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd, and he set himself to teach them at some length.

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/

Scripture texts taken from THE JERUSALEM BIBLE, published and copyright 1966 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, 2024

Sliocht as Leabhar Irimia, Fáidh.    23:1-6
Cruinneoidh mé féin fuüleach ma thréada agus cuirfidh mé aoirí gcionn a bheathóidh iad.

“Is mairg do na haoirí a ligeann do chaoirigh m’innilte imeacht ar aimhleas agus ar fán" – an Tiarna a labhraíonn.
Dá bhrí sin, is é seo a deir an Tiarna, Dia Iosrael, I dtaobh na n-aoirí a bheathaíonn mo phobal: Lig sibh scaipeadh agus seachrán a theacht ar mo thréad agus níor thug aon aire dóibh. Féach, agróidh mise oraibhse olc bhur ngníomhartha – an Tiarna a labhraíonn. Ach cruinneoidh mé féin fuílleach mo thréada as gach uile thír inar dhíbir mé iad, agus tabharfaidh mé ar ais iad chun a dtalamh féaraigh: beidh siad síolmhar agus méadófar iad. Cuirfidh mé aoirí os a gcionn a bheathóidh iad; ní bheidh eagla orthu níos mó, ná uamhan; ní bheidh easnamh arbith orthu – an Tiarna a labhraíonn.; god's shep

'Feach, tá na laethanta ag teacht – an Tiarna a labhraíonn –
agus ardóidh mé do Dháiví beangán fíréanta;
rialóidh sé ina rí go críonna,
agus déanfaidh sé breithiúnas agus ceart sa talamh.
Ina laethanta siúd sábhálfar Iúdá agus cónóidh Iosrael faoi dhóchas.
Is é seo an t-ainm a bhéarfar air: An Tiarna ár bhfíréantacht.'

Briathar an Tiarna               Buíochas le Dia.  

Salm le Freagra                Sm 22
Freagra                                Is é an Tiarna m'aoire, ní bheidh aon ní de dhíth orm.

I. Is é an Tiarna m'aoire, ní bheidh aon ní de dhíth orm.
Cuireann sé i mo luí mé  i móinéar féaruaithne.
Seolann sé ar imeall an uisce mé,mar a bhfaighim suaimhneas.          Freagra

2. Seolann sé mé ar rianta díreacha mar gheall ar a ainm.
Fiú dá siúlfainn i ngleann an dorchadais, níor bhaol liom an t-olc
agus tú faram le do shlat is do bhachall chun sólás a thabhairt dom.  Freagra

3. Cóiríonn tú bord chun béile dom i bhfianaise mo naimhde;
Ungann tú mo cheann le hola; tá mo chupán ag cur thar maoil.          Freagra

4. Leanfaidh cineáltas is fabhar mé gach uile lá de mo shaol.
I dteach an Tiarna a mhairfidh mé go brách na breithe.                        Freagra

DARA LÉACHT           

Sliocht as céad Litir Naomh Pól chuig na hEifísigh        2:13-18
Is eisean ár gceann réitigh: is é a rinne aon bhuíonon amháin den dá phobal.

J unifies usA bhráithre, tá sibh i gCríost Íosa; sibhse a bhí tráth I bhfad i gcéin, tá sibh tagtha i ngaire de bharr fhuil Chríost. Mar is eisean ár síocháin; is é a rinne aon bhuíon amháin den dá phobal nuair a leag sé ar lár an balla deighilte, an naimhdeas ina cholainn, agus chuir ar ceal an dlí agus a chuid aitheanta agus forálacha d’fhonn aon duine nua amháin a dhéanamh den bheirt ann féin trí shíocháin a dhéanamh eatarthu, agus an dá bhuíon a thabhairt chun athmhuintearais le Dia in aon chorp amháin leis an gcrois ar ar chuir sé an naimhdeas chun báis.

Tháinig sé ag fógairt dea-scéal na síochána daoibhse a bhí i bhfad uaidh agus dóibh sin a bhí ina chóngar; mar is tríd atá teacht againn araon ar an Athair faoi luí an aon Spioraid.

Briathar an Tiarna            Buíochas le Dia.  

Alleluia Véarsa             Eo 10: 27
Alleluia, alleluia!
Éisteann mo chaoirigh le mo ghlór,a deir the Tiarna
agus aithním iad, agus leanann siad mé.


Go raibh an Tiarna libh.              Agus le do spiorad féin
Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Marcas,    6:30-34             Glóir duit, a Thiarna.
Bhí siad mar a bheadh caoirigh gan aoire.

sheep in dangerSan am sin tháinig na haspail le chéile timpeall ar Íosa agus d’inis siad dó a raibh déanta acu agus a raibh de theagasc tugtha acu. Dúirt sé leo:
Tagaigí sibhse go dtí áit uaigneach ar leithligh agus glacaigí bhur suaimhneas tamall” – óir bhí mórán daoine ag teacht agus ag imeacht agus ní raibh am chun bia féin acu.

D’imigh siad leo i mbád go dtí áit uaigneach ar leithligh. Agus chonaic mórán ag imeacht iad agus d’aithin siad iad, agus rith siad ann dá gcois as na cathracha uile agus bhain siad an áit amach rompu.

Ag teacht i dtír dó chonaic sé slua mór, agus ghlac sé trua dóibh mar go raibh siad mar a bheadh caoirigh gan aoire, agus thosaigh sé ag muineadh mórán nithe dóibh.

Soiscéal an Tiarna.       Moladh duit, a Chriost

Machtnamh ar Bhriathar Dé dia Domhnaigh

Aoirí don aimsear láithreach

I ngach réimse inniú tá géarchéim údaráis ann. Díreach mar gheall ar bheith i gceannas ní chinntíonn dé a thuilleadh géilliúntais dílseacht agus neamhcheistiú. An ceannaire oiriúnach do’n lá atá inniu ann, ní mór dóibh bheith ábalta meas agus iontaobhas a ghiniúint, duine de dhearcadh freagrachta soiléir, ar féidir leis (nó léí) rudaí a cchur chun cinn gan dearmad a dhéanamh ar mothúcháin daoine eile. Is iad na haoirí sa chreideamh daoine a thugann aire do dhaoine eile (Jeremiah); ceannairí a chuidíonn linn leanúint ar an mbealach ceart (Salm), agus a thaispeánann trua ar dhaoine eile ina laige (Soiscéal). Ní bhaineann an íomhá an aoire leis na heaspaig mar tréadaithe oifigiúla agus oidhrí na n’aspal, nó leis na sagairt pharóiste amháin. Baineann glaochaint an aoire ar shlí éigean le gach cineál ceannaireachta, sa réimse teaghlaigh agus sóisialta chomh maith agus le cúrsaí creidimh. Tugann focal Dé cuiúinn inniu scrúdú a dhéanamh ar an gcineál ceannaireachta a chuireann muid féin ar fáil do dhaoine eile

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

© An Sagart
Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 28th July, 2024

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
World Day of G
randparents and the Elderly

Jesus shows himself to be the true Messiah and the true prophet by the miracle of the loaves and fishes.
In taking, giving thanks and distributing, Jesus performs the actions that will distinguish the Eucharist.

                    2 Kings 4:42-44
They will eat and have some left over.

Elisha & Bread A man came from Baal-shalishah, bringing Elisha, the man of God, bread from the first-fruits, twenty barley loaves and fresh grain in the ear. '
ive it to the people to eat,' Elisha said.

But his servant replied, 'How can I serve this to a hundred men?'
'Give it to the people to eat' he insisted 'for the Lord says this,
"They will eat  and have some left over."
He served them; they ate and had some over, as the Lord had said.

The Word of the Lord.            Thanks be to God.

Responsorial Psalm         Ps 144:10-11. 15-18.
Response                             You open wide your hand, O Lord, and grant our desires.

1. All your creatures shall thank you, O Lord, and your friends shall repeat their blessing.
They shall speak of the glory of your reign and declare your might, O God.           Response

2. The eyes of all creatures look to you and you give them their food in due time.
You open wide your hand, grant the desires of all who live.                                       Response

3. The Lord is just in all his ways and loving in all his deeds.
He is close to all who call him, who call on him from their hearts.                            Response


A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Ephesians     4:1-6Faces_of_Christ
One Body, one Lord, one faith, one baptism.

I, the prisoner in the Lord, implore you to lead a life worthy of your vocation.
Bear with one another charitably, in complete selflessness, gentleness and patience.
Do all you can to preserve the unity of the Spirit by the peace that binds you together.
There is one Body, one Spirit,
just as you were all called into one and the same hope when you were called.
There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
and one God who is Father of all, through all and within all.

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 etenal life.

Or                                            Eph 1: 17. 18 
Alleluia, alleluia!
A great prophet has appeared among us; God has visited his people.


The Lord be with you                     And with your spirit.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John   6:1-15           Glory to you, O Lord.
Jesus gave out as much as was wanted to all who were sitting ready.

Jesus went off to the other side of the Sea of Galilee or of Tiberias and a large crowd followed him, impressed by the signs he gave by curing the sick. Jesus climbed the hillside, and sat down there with his disciples. It was shortly before the Jewish feast of Passover.

Jesus feeding the 5000Looking up, Jesus saw the crowds approaching and said to Philip,
'Where can we buy some bread for these people to eat?'
He only said this to test Philip; he himself knew exactly what he was going to do. Philip answered,
Two hundred denarii would only buy enough to give them a small piece each.'

One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said,
'There is a small boy here with five barley loaves and two fish;
but what is that between so many?'
Jesus said to them, 'Make the people sit down.'
There was plenty of grass there, and as many as five thousand men sat down.
Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and gave them out to all who were sitting ready; he then did the same with the fish, giving out as much as was wanted. When they had eaten enough he said to the disciples,
'Pick up the pieces left over, so that nothing gets wasted.'
So they picked them up, and filled twelve hampers with scraps left over from the meal of five barley loaves.
The people, seeing this sign that he had given, said,
'This really is the prophet who is to come into the world.'
Jesus, who could see they were about to come and take him by force and make him king, escaped back to the hills by himself.

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 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, 28th July, 2024
Sliocht as an dara Leabhar na Rithe    4:42-44
Íosfaidh siad agus beidh fuíoll fágtha acu.Elisha & Bread

Tháinig fear ó Bhál Seáiliseá agus thug leis chun giolla Dé arán a rinneadh de na céadtorthaí, fiche builín eorna agus arbhar úr [sa dias].
Tabhair don phobal é le hithe,” arsa Eilíseá.

D’fhreagair a sheirbhíseach:
Conas is féidir liom é seo a roinnt ar chéad duine?”
Tabhair don phobal é le hithe,” ar seisean go daingean, “óir seo mar a deir an Tiarna:
Íosfaidh siad agus beidh fuíoll fágtha acu.’”

Roinn sé orthu é. D’ith siad agus bhí fuíoll fágtha acu, mar a dúirt an Tiarna.

Briathar an Tiarna                    Buíochas le Dia

Salm le Freagra                    Sm144
Freagra                                     Osclaíonn tú do lámh a Thiarna agus sásaíonn tú sinn.

1. Ceiliúrfaidh d'oibreacha thú, a Thiarna,
agus beannóidh do dhaoine naofa thú.
Canfaidh siad glóir do ríochta,
agus foilseoidh siad do chumhacht.                Freagra

2. Bíonn súile cách ag feitheamh ort,
agus tugann tú bia dóibh in am tráth.
Osclaíonn tú do lámh
is sásaíonn tú a bhfuil beo le do chinéaltas    Freagra

3. Is fíréanta an Tiarna ina shlite uile
is is naofa é ina oibreacha go léir.
Is gairid an Tiarna dá ngaireann air,              Freagra


Sliocht as Litir Naomh Pól chuig na  hEifísigh    4:1-6
Aon chorp amháin, aon Tiarna amháin, aon chreideamh amháin agus aon bhaisteadh amháin.Faces_of_Christ

A bhráithre, táim ag impí oraibh, dá bhrí sin, agus mé i mo ghéibheannach ag an Tiarna, bhur saol a thabhairt go cuí de réir na gairme atá faighte agaibh agus sibh a bheith lán d’uirísle, de láchas agus d’fhoighne.

Cuirigí suas go carthanach le chéile agus déanaigí bhur ndícheall chun an aontacht a thagann ón Spiorad a choimeád faoi cheangal na síochána. Aon chorp amháin agus aon Spiorad amháin atá ionaibh faoi mar nach bhfuil ach aon dóchas amháin agaibh ó fuair sibh bhur ngairm ó Dhia. Níl ann ach aon Tiarna amháin, aon chreideamh amháin agus aon bhaisteadh amháin. Níl ann ach aon Dia amháin atá ina Athair ag cách: é os cionn cách agus ag gníomhú i gcách agus istigh i gcách uile.

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     6:1-15            Glóir duit, a Thiarna.
Roinn Íosa oiread agus ab áil leo ar na daoine agus iad ina suí.

San am sin d’imigh Íosa anonn thar farraige na Gailíle, is é sin, farraige Thibirias. Lean slua mór é mar chonaic siad na comharthaí a bhí sé a dhéanamh ar lucht tinnis. Ghabh Íosa an sliabh suas agus shuigh ansiúd in éineacht lena dheisceabail. Bhí féile na nGiúdach, an Cháisc, in achmaireacht.

Jesus feeding the 5000Nuair a d’ardaigh Íosa a shúile, mar sin, agus nuair a chonaic go raibh slua mór ag teacht chuige, dúirt sé le Pilib:
Cá gceannóimid arán chun go mbeadh bia acu seo?”
Ag baint trialach as a dúirt sé é sin, mar bhí a fhios aige féin cad a bhí sé chun a dhéanamh.
D’fhreagair Pilib é:
Níor leor luach dhá chéad déanar d’arán chun go mbeadh greim an duine acu.”
Dúirt duine dá dheisceabail leis – ba é Aindrias é, deartháir Shíomóin Peadar:
Tá ógánach anseo a bhfuil cúig builíní eorna aige, agus dhá iasc, ach cá rachadh an méid sin ar oiread daoine?”
Dúirt Íosa:
Cuirigí na daoine ina suí” – bhí mórán féir san áit. Shuigh siad síos mar sin, timpeall cúig mhíle duine. Agus thóg Íosa na builíní, d’altaigh, agus roinn iad ar na daoine agus iad ina suí; agus mar an gcéanna oiread agus a b’áil leo de na héisc.

Nuair a bhí siad sách, dúirt sé lena dheisceabail:
Bailígí an bruscar fuíligh chun nach rachadh aon ní amú.”
Bhailigh siad ansin lán dhá chiseán déag de bhruscar as na cúig builíní eorna, a d’fhág na daoine a fuair an béile. Nuair a chonaic na daoine, mar sin, cad é mar chomhartha a bhí déanta ag Íosa,
dúirt siad: “Is é seo go dearfa an fáidh atá le teacht ar an saol.”
Agus ó bhí a fhios ag Íosa go raibh ar aigne acu teacht á fhuadach chun rí a dhéanamh de,
chuaigh sé i leataobh arís faoin sliabh ina aonar.

Soiscéal an Tiarna.                Moladh duit, a Chriost

Machtnamh ar Bhriathar Dé dia Domhnaigh
Arán agus éisg
Ag féachaint ar an slua ocrasach agus an gannchuid bia abhí ar fáil leo, bhí a fhios ag Íosa cérb ollmhór an dúslán abhí ós a chómair, iad go léir a bheathú. Ach níor aontaigh sé leis an easpa mhisnigh a mhothaigh na h’aspail. Chonaic sé gurbh fhéidir rud luachmhar a dhéanamh leis na cúig bullógaí eorna agus dhá iasc a chuir an buachaill beag ar fáil, chun an cúig mhíle duine a bheathú. Ní féidir linn a shamhlú go díreach cad a tharla an lá sin amach sa bhfásach ach is léir go raibh ról ríthábhachtach ag an buachaill beag lena chúig bollóg aráin eorna agus an cúpla éisc. Ann féin, ní raibh ag an mbuachaill ach go leor bia le haghaidh béile simplí dá theaghlach beag. Ach bhí an buachaill sásta a chuid eorna agus a chuid éisc a chur ar fáil le hÍosa. Ar bhealach aisteach, bhí Íosa in ann oibriú le bronntanas croiúil an bhuachaill óg chun gach duine a chothú. Thug fhlaithiúlacht aon duine amháin an t-oscailt a bhí ag teastáil. Trí bhronntanais bheaga agus toilteanacha, is féidir go dtharlóigh miorúiltí eile fós, inár linn agus inár mbeatha féin.

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

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