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Unity and Peace

A writer reveals that she often asks her husband to drive “peacefully” and points out to him, as drivers are cutting one another off and speeding, “Everyone has to get somewhere. Let’s help each other along. It’s not a competition.”

At the workplace, can we overcome our egos and work for the greatest good, not jostling for the credit, but rather cooperating peacefully, even with those who rub us the wrong way?

We fail many times in our humanity, but if we set our sights on higher intentions, even in small instances, each of us can strive “to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:3).

Compiled by Deirdre Powell

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

Oct 19 - Saint Jean de Brebeuf and companions (17th century) The Jesuit Martyrs of North America

Summary: Ss Isaac Jogues, John de Brebeuf, and companions, Martyrs.John de Brébeuf (1593-1649) and Isaac Jogues (1607-1646) are named in this group of eight North American martyrs, French Jesuits of whom two were lay assistants and six were presbyters. Against a background of conflict between French and English and between Huron, Mohawk, and Iroquois, they went as missionaries teaching the message of Christ in the local languages. Noted for the hardship they suffered for the sake of the gospel, eventually embracing even torture and death.

John&CoThese eight martyrs - six Jesuit priests and two helpers - were all French pioneers of evangelisation in the 17th century among the Huron and the Mohawks in what was then called New France (Canada). They learned the local language and culture, but all met a violent death. They were beatified in 1925 and canonised in 1930. Patrick Duffy tells their story.

Jean de Brébeuf (1593-1649)
Jean de Brébeuf was from near Caen in Normandy, France. Trained at Rouen, he was among the first Jesuits to land in Quebec in 1625. He lived among the Huron near Lake Huron, learning their customs and language. He wrote a dictionary of the Huron and is known as Canada's first real ethnographer. Many of his teaching1experiences are recorded in the Jesuit Relations, or the annual accounts sent back from the Canadian Jesuit to its Paris office. Although he suffered from tuberculosis, he endured enormous physical hardships, travelling hundreds of miles by canoe, bitten by fleas at night and choked by smoke in log cabins. All these he saw as "minor martyrdoms" compared to the passion of Christ. De Brébeuf was forced to return to France because of a war with England. However, he returned to Canada in 1632.

huronHe attempted to convert the Attawandaron on Lake Erie in 1640, but had little success and returned to the mission of St Mary among the Huron in 1644 where the Huron began to accept Christianity. He composed a Christmas Carol in the Huron language, a translated version of which still remains popular in Canada today.

Soon, however, the Iroquois began to win in their war against the Huron. They seized Brébeuf and his fellow Jesuit Gabriel Lallemont and tortured them - by scalping, mock baptism with boiling water - until they died. Their bodies were buried nearby at the Martyrs' Shrine which Pope John Paul II visited on his visit to Canada in 1984.

Antoine Daniel (1601-48)
Antoine Daniel from Dieppe in Normandy also attended the Jesuit College in Rouen. While there he became acquainted with and taught a young Huron student who had been sent to France for his education. Daniel became interested in the Huron mission and joined Brebeuf when he returned to Canada in 1632 in his second attempt to evangelise the Hurons. Daniel set up a seminary in Quebec to train young Hurons for the priesthood. Then from 1637 he worked for ten years on Lake Huron and had not long settled in Teanaostaye when he and his Huron parishoners were set upon by the Iroquois and cruelly put to death.

Gabriel Lallemont (1610-49)
Born in Paris, both Gabriel's uncles, Jerome and Charles, were superiors of the Jesuit mission in Canada. Despite taking a vow to go to the Canadian mission two years after ordination in 1632, he spent fourteen years studying and teaching theology in France before arriving in Quebec in 1646. He was only six months working with Fr de Brébeuf when they were both martyred.

Iroquois indians attack St. LouisIsaac Jogues (1607–46) and Jean de la Lande (d. 1646)
Isaac Jogues was born at Orleans, France and taught literature at Rouen during his scholasticate. He was ordained  a Jesuit priest in 1636. He was sent immediately to Quebec, Canada, as a missionary to the Huron Indians. He was tortured and imprisoned by the Iroquois in 1642 and suffered the loss of two fingers. Later that year on a journey through Mohawk country in New York State during which René Goupil was martyred, he was captured by the Mohawks but the Dutch at Fort Orange (Albany, New York) rescued him and made his way down to New Amsterdam (later New York), the first Catholic priest to visit the settlement. Here he gave the sacraments to the two fellow Catholics he found there. In November 1643 he sailed to France, where his fellow Jesuits already presumed he was dead. He did not visit his mother, wishing to spare her the sight of his two finger removed and the pain of another parting. He received a special permission from Pope Urban VIII to say Mass, even though he lost his index finger.

Back in Quebec in 1644 the French were making peace with Iroquois chieftains at Ossernenon, and Fr Jogues took part in the peace settlement, but after the celebrations an epidemic broke out, caterpillars ate the crops, and famine threatened. The Mohawks blamed Jogues but the majority still wanted to honour his bravery. A minority faction invited him to pay them a visit and when he and a young lay missionary companion Jean de la Lande graciously accepted, they were treacherously tomahawked and their bodies thrown into a ravine.

René Goupil (1608–42)
René was baptized in St-Martin-du-Bois near Angers, France in 1608. He joined the Jesuits, but had to leave the novitiate because of his health. When his health improved, he volunteered to work with the Jesuits in the hospitals of Quebec, where he developed his skill as a surgeon. Assigned as an assistant to Fr Isaac Jogues on his missionary travels, they were captured and tortured by the Mohawks.  While they were in captivity, René expresed his desire to be professed as a Jesuit and Father Isaac received  his vows as a Jesuit brother. He was tomahawked in the head from behind as they saw Goupil making the sign of the cross over a child's head and interpreted it as an evil sign. He was the first North American martyr. He has come to be regarded as patron of people who work with or receive anasthesia.

martyrs 1Charles Garnier (1606-49)
Charles was the son of secretary to King Henry III of France. Born in Paris, he was educated at Louis-le-Grand College there. He joined the Jesuits in Paris in 1624. He studied classics, philosophy, and theology at Clermont and taught at the Jesuit college at Eu for three years. Ordained in 1635, he was sent to Quebec and for fourteen years worked as a missionary to the Huron. They called him "Rain-giver" since a great shower of rain after a long drought took place when he arrived. He mastered the difficult language. His patience amidst endless trials won him the title of "lamb" of the mission, just as de Brébeuf was styled the "lion". After the martyrdom of Fathers Daniel (1648), Brébeuf, and     Lallemant (March 1649), he calmly awaited his own turn and he was martyred on 7 December 1649.

Noël Chabanel (1613–1649)
brebeuf lastChabanel entered the Jesuit novitiate at Toulouse at the age of seventeen, and was a professor of rhetoric at several Jesuit colleges in France. In 1643, he was sent to Canada, and after studying the Algonquin language for a time, was appointed to the mission at Sainte-Marie, where he remained till his death. In his apostolic labours he was the companion of Fr. Charles Garnier. As he felt a strong repugnance to the life and habits of the Huron, and feared it might result in his own withdrawal from the work, he bound himself by vow never to leave the mission. He was martyred on December 8, 1649 by what is described as a "renegade" Huron, actually Iroquois then engaged in warfare with the Huron.

Liturgical Readings for: Saturday, 19th October, 2019

 A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans     4:13. 16-18
Though it seemed Abraham's hope could not be fulfilled, he hoped and believed.

act of faithThe promise of inheriting the world was not made to Abraham and his descendants on account of any law but on account of the righteousness which consists in faith. That is why what fulfils the promise depends on faith, so that it may be a free gift and be available to all of Abraham's descendants, not only those who belong to the Law but also those who belong to the faith of Abraham who is the father of all of us. As scripture says: I have made you the ancestor of many nations Abraham is our father in the eyes of God, in whom he put his faith, and who brings the dead to life and calls into being what does not exist.

Though it seemed Abraham's hope could not be fulfilled, he hoped and he believed, and through doing so he did become the father of many nations exactly as he had been promised: Your descendants will be as many as the stars.

The Word of the Lord.

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

1. O children of Abraham, his servant,
O sons of the Jacob he chose.
He, the Lord, is our God:
his judgements prevail in all the earth.        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. For he remembered his holy word,
which he gave to Abraham his servant.
So he brought out his people with joy,
his chosen ones with shouts of rejoicing.    Response

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

Or                                                 Jn 15: 26. 27
Alleluia, alleluia!
The Spirit of truth will be my witness,
And you too will be witnesses, says the Lord.


A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke      12:9-12
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.

'Holy SpiritEveryone 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

Our faith is very personal to each one of us. It shapes who we are, just as Abraham’s faith defined his identity, according to Paul in today’s gospel reading. At the heart of our faith is a personal relationship with the Lord. We try to grow into that relationship more fully as we go through life. We strive to allow that relationship to shape all our other relationships, all that we do and say. We try to live our lives ‘in Christ’, to allow him to live his life in us. Saint Paul could say, ‘It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me’. The more Christ comes to live in us, the more we will witness to him with our lives. That is what Jesus asks of us in today’s gospel reading. He calls on us to openly declare ourselves for him in the presence of others. Jesus is suggesting that although our faith may be personal to each one of us, it is not to be a private matter with no reference to others. There is a certain social pressure nowadays to keep our faith in the private domain. It is a pressure we have to resist. If we witness to the Lord with sureness and courage, then, as Jesus declares at the end of the gospel reading, the Holy Spirit will be with us. ‘Do not worry,’ Jesus says, ‘the Holy Spirit will teach you what you must say.’ When we bear witness to our faith, declaring ourselves publicly for the Lord, we create an opening for the Holy Spirit to work within and through us.


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: Saturday, 19th October, 2019


Sliocht as an litir N.Pól chuig na Rómhánaigh     4:13. 16-18
Agus gan aon ábhar dóchais ag Abrahám , chreid sé .

bhráithre, ní mar gheall ar aon dlí a gealladh d’Abrahám ná dá shliocht go mbeadh sé ina oidhre ar an domhan ach mar gheall ar fhíréantacht chreidimh. Iact of faiths ó chreideamh é dá bhrí sin, ionas go mbeadh an gealltanas le fáil saor in aisce, agus go mbeadh éifeacht aige do shliocht iomlán Abrahám, ní amháin don chuid sin atá i dtaobh leis an dlí ach fós don chuid atá i dtaobh le creideamh Abrahám, an té is athair dúinn go léir de réir an scrioptúir: “Tá tú ceaptha agam i d’athair ar mhórán náisiún,” i bhfianaise an Dé ar chreid sé ann, an té a bheonn na mairbh agus a ghlaonn ar bith na nithe nach raibh ann.

Agus gan aon ábhar dóchais aige, chreid sé go dóchasach go mbeadh sé ina athair ar mhórán náisiún de réir mar a bhí ráite: “Amhlaidh sin a bheidh do shíol.”

Briathar Dé.  

Salm le Freagra      Sm  104:6-9, 42-43, rv 8
Freagra                       Cuimhníonn sé ar a chonradh go brách.

1. A shliocht Abrahám, a lucht fónaimh féin
a chlann Iacóib dá ndearna sé rogha!
Is é an Tiarna féin ár nDia
a bhfuil a bhreitheanna i réim ar fud na cruinne.   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. Óir ba chuimhin leis a bhriathar naofa
a thug sé d’Abrahám, a ghiolla.
Agus sheol sé a phobal amach le gairdeas;
agus a mhuintir thofa le gártha áthais.                       Freagra


Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naonh  Lúcás  12:9-12
Ná cad a déarfaidh sibh; óir 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. Holy Spirit 1Agus 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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Liturgical Readings for: Sunday, 20th October, 2019
 (N.B. This is the 27th Sunday in Ordinary time and the readings here  are taken from the Ordinary Sunday readings but as today is also Mission Sunday the readings for Mission Sunday may be selected if desired. They are Is 56: 6-7,Ps:97:1-6, Eph3:2-12 and Jn 17:11,i7-23))


A reading from the Book of Exodus    17:8-13
As long as Moses kept his arms raised, Israel had the advantage

Moses at RephidimThe Amalekites came and attacked Israel at Rephidim. Moses said to Joshua, 'Pick out men for yourself, and tomorrow morning march out to engage Amalek. I, meanwhile, will stand on the hilltop, the staff of God in my hand.' Joshua did as Moses told him and marched out to engage Amalek, while Moses and Aaron and Hur went up to the top of the hill. As long as Moses kept his arms raised, Israel had the advantage; when he let his arms fall, the advantage went to Amalek. But Moses' arms grew heavy, so they took a stone and put it under him and on this he sat, Aaron and Hur supporting his arms, one on one side, one on the other; and his arms remained firm till sunset. With the edge of the sword Joshua cut down Amalek and his people.

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm      Ps 120
Response                          Our help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth.

1. I lift up my eyes to the mountains:
from where shall come my help?
My help shall come from the Lord
who made heaven and earth.           Response

2. May he never allow you to stumble!
Let him sleep not, your guard.
No, he sleeps not nor slumbers,
Israel's guard.                                      Response

3. The Lord is your guard and your shade;
at your right side he stands.
By day the sun shall not smite you
nor the moon in the night.                Response

4. The Lord will guard you from evil,
he will guard your soul.
The Lord will guard your going and coming
both now and for ever.                      Response


A reading from the second letter of St Paul to Timothy       3:14-4:2
The man who is dedicated to God becomes fully equipped and ready for any good work.

You must keep to what you have been taught and know to be true; remember who your teachers were, and how, ever since you were a child, you have known the holy scriptures - from these you can learn the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All scripture is inspired by God and can profitably be used for teaching, for refuting error, for guiding people's lives and teaching them to be holy. This is how the man who is dedicated to God becomes fully equipped and ready for any good work.

Before God and before Christ Jesus who is to be judge of the living and the dead, I put this duty to you, in the name of his Appearing and of his kingdom: proclaim the message and, welcome or unwelcome, insist on it. Refute falsehood, correct error, call to obedience - but do all with patience and with the intention of teaching.

The Word of the Lord

Gospel  Acclamation       Eph 1: 17
Alleluia, alleluia!
May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our mind,
so that we can see what hope his call holds for us.

Or                                          1Heb 4: 12
Alleluia, alleluia!
The word of God is something alive and active,
it can judge secret emotions and thoughts.


A reading from the Gospel according to Luke       18:1-8
God sees justice done to his chosen who cry to him.

unjust judgeJesus told his disciples a parable about the need to pray continually and never lose heart. 'There was a judge in a certain town' he said 'who had neither fear of God nor respect for man. In the same town there was a widow who kept on coming to him and saying, "I want justice from you against my enemy!" For a long time he refused, but at last he said to himself, "Maybe I have neither fear of God nor respect for man, but since she keeps pestering me I must give this widow her just rights, or she will persist in coming and worry me to death".'

And the Lord said 'You notice what the unjust judge has to say? Now will not God see justice done to his chosen who cry to him day and night even when he delays to help them? I promise you, he will see justice done to them, and done speedily. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find any faith on earth?'

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, 20th October, 2019
Moses at RephidimCÉAD LÉACHT

Sliocht as Leabhar Exodús       17:8-13
Fad a choinnigh Maois a lámh in airde, bhí an lá le hIosrael.

Tháinig Amailéic agus d’ionsaigh sé Iosrael i Reifídím. Agus dúirt Maois le Iósua: “Togh buíon fear dúinn agus téigh amach chun troda le hAmailéic ar maidin amárach. Seasfaidh mise ar mhullach an chnoic agus slat Dé i mo láimh.” Rinne Iósua rud ar Mhaois agus throid le hAmailéic ach chuaigh Maois agus Árón agus Húr go mullach an chnoic. Fad a choinnigh Maois a lámh in airde, bhí an lá le hIosrael, ach nuair a ligeadh sé anuas í, bhíodh le hAmailéic. Ach bhuail tuirse lámha Mhaois agus fuaireadar cloch agus chuireadar faoi í. Shuigh sé uirthi agus Árón agus Húr ag coinneáil a lámh in airde, duine ar gach taobh de, agus bhí a lámha gan cor astu go fuineadh gréine. Threascair Iósua Amailéic agus a mhuintir chun láir le faobhar claímh. 

Briathar Dé.    

Salm le Freagra          Sm 120
Freagra                          Is ón Tiarna féin atá mo chúnamh eisean a rinne neamh agus talamh.

1. Tógaim mo shúile chun na sléibhte:
cad as do mo chúnamh?
Is ón Tiarna féin atá mo chúnamh-
eisean a rinne neamh agus talamh.        Freagra

2.Nár lige sé duit tuisliú go deo,
nár dhéana do gharda codladh.
Féach! ní thitfidh sámhchodladh ná suan
ar gharda Isráél.                                        Freagra

3. Is é an Tiarna do gharda is do dhídean
agus é ar do dheis.
Ní bhuailfidh an ghrian thú i rith an lae
ná an ghealaeh istoíche.                          Freagra

4. Coimeádfaidh an Tiarna ón uile olc thú,
coimeádfaidh sé d'anam.
Coimeádfaidh an Tiarna thú ag imeacht is ag teacht duit
anois agus choíche.                                   Freagra


Sliocht as an dara Litir Naomh Pól chuig Timóteas      3:14-4:2
Seo í an Slí chun daoine go mbeadh óglach Dé lánoilte ar a cheird agus ullamh i gcomhair gach cineál dea-oibre.

A bhráithre ionúin, cloígh-se, áfach, leis an teagasc a fuair tú, teagasc a bhfuil tú suite go daingean de. Tuigeann tú cé uathu a fuair tú an teagasc sin, agus tuigeann tú chomh maith go raibh eolas agat ó aois na hóige ar na scríbhinní naofa a bhfuil de chumas acu tú a dhéanamh eagnaí agus tú a sheoladh chun do shlánaithe trí chreideamh i gCríost Íosa. Gach cuid den scrioptúr, tá tinfeadh Dé faoi agus tá tairbhe ann chun teagasc a thabhairt, chun earráidí a bhreagnú, chun daoine a cheartú agus iad a mhúineadh chun fíréantachta ar shlí go mbeadh óglach Dé lánoilte ar a cheird agus ullamh i gcomhair gach cineál dea-oibre.

I bhfianaise Dé agus i bhfianaise Chríost Íosa atá chun breithiúnas a thabhairt ar bheo agus ar mhairbh, achtaím ort dar a thaibhsiú agus dar a ríocht an briathar a fhógairt ar do dhícheall i dtráth agus in antráth. Bí ag áiteamh, ag casaoid, ag spreagadh agus ag teagasc go foighneach gan stad.

Briathar Dé.  

Alleluia Véarsa            Eabh 4: 12 
Alleluia, alleluia!
Tá briathar Dé beoúil bríomhar;
tugann sé breith ar chlaonta agus ar smaointe an chroí.            


Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Lúcás       18:1-8
Déanfaidh Dé ceart go dá mhuintir thofa féin a bhíonn ag éamh air de lá is d’oíche.

unjust judgeSan am sin dúirt Íosa parabal leo á chur i gcéill nárbh fholáir dóibh bheith ag guí de ghnáth gan bheith cortha de choíche: “Bhí, i gcathair áirithe, breitheamh nach raibh eagla Dé air ná beann ar dhuine aige. Bhí baintreach sa chathair sin freisin agus bhíodh sí ag teacht chuige, ag rá: ‘Déan ceart dom in aghaidh fhear mo chúisithe,’ ach níorbh áil leis é seal aimsire; ach sa deireadh dúirt sé ina aigne: ‘Más ea féin nach bhfuil eagla Dé orm ná beann ar dhuine agam, ina dhiaidh sin, de chionn go mbíonn an bhaintreach seo do mo bhuaireamh, déanfaidh mé ceart di, le heagla go mbeadh sí ag teacht go deo ag crá mo chinn.’”

Agus dúirt an Tiarna: “Éistigí leis an mbreitheamh éagórach, a ndeir sé! Agus an ea nach ndéanfaidh Dia ceart dá mhuintir thofa féin a bhíonn ag éamh air de lá is d’oíche, agus eisean ag déanamh foighne ina gcás? Deirim libh, déanfaidh sé ceart go grod. Ach nuair a thiocfaidh Mac an Duine, an bhfaighidh sé creideamh ar an talamh?”

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