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Lasting Treasure.

A writer reveals that her parents and grandparents left behind boxes and boxes of photographs and letters, together with record albums and books. The writer wonders sometimes about her generation and, even more so, those that follow. So much of our communication is digital and exists only as a series of 0s and 1s. This is also the case with our music, our photographs and even our books. The writer ponders that she may not be leaving behind as much physical material, but she wonders if this even important.

Many of the saints left behind letters, including St. Paul, St Ignatius of Antioch, St Teresa of Avila and St. Catherine of Siena. Their trust in Jesus was complete, and their conviction of the truth rings from the page. That is what they left behind – what is true and what lasts – a treasure.

Let us pray: Jesus, may I be mindful of what I store up and mindful of the witness I will leave behind.

Compiled by Deirdre Powell

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

Oct 16 - St Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-90) visionary

Summary: In many Irish churches you will see a stained glass window depicting Our Lord Jesus revealing his Sacred Heart to St Margaret Mary Alacoque. These windows bear witness to the enormous popularity of devotion to the Sacred Heart and the influence of St Margaret Mary Alacoque in spreading it. She is one of the Church's most famous visionaries.

Patrick Duffy tells us about St Margaret Mary and her role in spreading the devotion.

Early life
mma1Born at L'Hautcourt in Burgundy, her father, Claude Alacoque, was a prosperous notary who died when she was eight. Margaret Mary was sent to school at a convent in Charolles. She liked the peace of the convent, and received he first communion at the age of nine. But the following year she developed rheumatic fever and was confined to bed for the next six years. When she returned home, she found her father's relatives had moved in to the family home and treated her and her mother rather harshly. When her brother came of age, he took undisputed possession of the home and things improved.

Mary joins Visitation Sisters
After some consideration of marriage, at the age of twenty-four, she joined the Visitation Sisters (founded at Annecy by St Jane de Chantal) at their convent at Paray-le-Monial in 1671.

Personal revelations
From 1673 to 1675 she is said to have experienced a series of visions of Jesus. On 27 December 1673 - the feast of St John - Jesus appeared to her telling her his divine heart longed that the flame of the fire of its love should spread  through her to all men and to enrich them with its precious treasures.

SHSpecial feast
The vision urged her to persuade church authorities to have a special feast of the Sacred Heart celebrated on the Friday after the Octave of Corpus Christi and to develop what eventually became the devotion of the Nine First Fridays and asked that the feast of the Sacred Heart be established.

At first her superior treated the vision and the young nun with suspicion. She brought in a commission of enquiry that included a Jesuit and a Benedictine priest to investigate. They judged her to be a victim of delusions. This enquiry and its negative outcome caused Margaret Mary considerable anxiety and self doubt. But she bore this with patience and trust.

Judged genuine
However, in 1675 another Jesuit, Father Claude de la Colombière, became the community's confessor, and after speaking to Sister Margaret Mary, he said he thought the visions were genuine. This encouraged Margaret Mary and the spread of the devotion, although Fr Claude was soon to go as chaplain to Queen Mary of Modena in London.

Approval in the community
In 1683 a new superior was elected who named Margaret Mary as her assistant and novice mistress. And from 1686 the convent observed the feast of the Sacred Heart privately, and two years later, after a chapel was built at the Paray-le-Monial to honour the Sacred Heart, observation of the feast of the Sacred Heart spread to other Visitation convents.

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Death and influence
Margaret Mary died at the Paray-le-Monial on 17 October 1690 and, although there was considerable opposition to the public and liturgical devotion of the Sacred Heart especially in Jansenist milieus, it was officially recognized and approved by Pope Clement XIII in 1765, seventy-five years after her death. and in 1856 the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus was extended to the universal Church. Her spiritual director, Father Claude de la Colombière, was beatified by Pope Pius XI on June 16, 1929, and canonized by Pope John Paul II on May 31, 1992.
Liturgical Readings for: Thursday, 17th October, 2019

A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans        2;1-11
God will repay each as his works deserve - Jews first, but Greeks as well

o no matter who you are, if you pass judgement you have no excuse. In judging others you condemn yourself, since you behave no differently from those you judge. We know that God condemns that sort of behaviour impartially: and when you judge those who behave like this while you are doing exactly the same, do you think you will escape God's judgement? Or are you abusing his abundant goodness, patience and toleration, not realising that this goodness of God is meant to lead you to repentance?

( N.. Even earthly judges will repent their actions. c/f the judge foreground right

Your stubborn refusal to repent is only adding to the anger God will have towards you on that day of anger when his just judgements will be made known. He will repay each one as his works deserve. For those who sought renown and honour and immortality by always doing good there will be eternal life; for the unsubmissive who refused to take truth for their guide and took depravity instead, there will be anger and fury. Pain and suffering will come to every human being who employs himself in evil - Jews first, but Greeks as well; renown, honour and peace will come to everyone who does good - Jews first, but Greeks as well. God has no favourites.

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm         Ps 61
Response                             Lord, you repay each man according to his deeds.

1. In God alone is my soul at rest;
my help comes from him.
He alone is my rock, my stronghold,
my fortress: I stand firm.                        Response

2. In God alone be at rest, my soul;
for my hope comes from him.
He alone is my rock, my stronghold,
my fortress: I stand firm.                       Response

3. Take refuge in God all you people.
Trust him at all times,
Pour out your hearts before him
for God is our refuge.                              Response

Gospel  Acclamation            Ps 26: 11
Alleluia, alleluia!
Instruct me, Lord, in your way;
on an even path lead me.

Or                                                 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.


A reading from the Gospel according Luke         11:42-46
Alas for you Pharisees!  Alas for you Pharisees!

The Lord said to the Pharisees:

'Alas for you Pharisees! You who pay your tithe of mint and rue and all sorts of garden herbs and overlook justice and the love of God! These you should have practised, without leaving the others Phariseesundone.

'Alas for you Pharisees who like taking the seats of honour in the synagogues and being greeted obsequiously in the market squares!

'Alas for you, because you are like the unmarked tombs that men walk on without knowing it!'

A lawyer then spoke up. 'Master,' he said 'when you speak like this you insult us too.'
'Alas for you lawyers also,' he replied 'because you load on men burdens that are unendurable, burdens that you yourselves do not move a finger to lift.'

The Gospel of the Lord

Gospel Reflection        
Wednesday        Twenty-Eighth Week in Ordinary Time       Luke 11:42–46

In the gospel reading Jesus criticises the lawyers, the interpreters of the Jewish Law, for loading burdens on people’s shoulders that are unendurable, and then doing nothing to help people lift those burdens. Jesus saw himself in a very different light. On one occasion, according to Matthew’s Gospel, he declared, ‘Come to me all you who labour and are overburdened and I will give you rest’. Far from burdening people, Jesus worked to release them from unnecessary burdens. That is not to say that his message was not challenging and demanding; it was. However, his message was essentially good news for people, not bad news. The path he called people to take was the way of life. Jesus came so that people might have life and have it to the full. The Gospel is not a burden; it is a joy because it is good news, the good news of God’s enduring love for us in Christ. The Gospel is a light in the darkness, a source of hope when all seems hopeless, a giver of strength when weakness seems to overpower us. If we respond to the Gospel and allow it to shape our lives, we will become more alive, more complete as human beings, more loving. If we really live the Gospel, then, like Jesus, we will bring rest and peace to those who find themselves burdened for whatever reason.

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: Thursday, 17th October, 2019

CÉAD LÉACHT            

Sliocht as céad Litir Naomh Pól chuig na Rómhánaigh      2:1-11
Chúiteoidh Dia  le cách de réir a ghníomhartha -an nGiúdach ar dtús agus ag an nGréagach chomh maith.

Níl aon leithscéal agatsa, a dhuine, is cuma cé tú, má thugann tú breith ar dhaoine eile, mar ag tabhairt breithe ar an bhfear thall duit, is tú féin atá do do dhaoradh agat, de bhrí go ndéanann tú féin, an breitheamh, na nithe céanna. An breithiúnas, áfach, a thugann Dia ar dhaoine a dhéanann a leithéidí sin, tá a fhios again go mbíonn sé de réir na fírinne. Ach tusa, a dhuine, a bhíonn ag tabhairt breithe ar na daoine a dhéanann na nithe sin, an é a mheasann tú go n-éalóidh tú ó bhreithiúnas Dé agus tú féin á ndéanamh chomh maith leo? Nó an amhlaidh is beag ort saibhreas a chineáltais agus a fhoighne agus a fhadfhulaingthe? Nach bhfuil a fhios agat gur do do bhrostú chun aithrí atá cineáltas Dé?

( N.. Even earthly judges will repent their actions. c/f the judge foreground right

Ach de dheasca do chroí chrua neamhaithrigh tá tú ag taisceadh feirge duit féin le haghaidh lae úd na feirge nuair a fhoilseofar ceartbhreithiúnas Dé, a chúiteoidh le cách de réir a ghníomhartha. An mhuintir a mbíonn lorg acu ar ghlóir agus onóir agus marthanacht trí shíorleanúint den dea-obair, tabharfaidh sé dóibh beatha shíoraí; fearg agus fraoch áfach atá i ndán do lucht na míréire a dhiúltaíonn don fhírinne agus a ghéilleann don urchóid. Is ea, beidh ainnise agus anacair ar gach daonnaí a dhéanann an t-olc, ar an nGiúdach ar dtús agus ar an nGréagach chomh maith. Ach glóir agus onóir agus síocháin a bheidh ag cách a dhéanann an mhaith, ag an nGiúdach ar dtús agus ag an nGréagach chomh maith, mar ní thaobhaíonn Dia le daoine seachas a chéile.

Salm le freagra       Sm  61
Freagra                     A Thiarna, díolann tú an comhar le gach aon neach de réir a shaothair.

1. I nDia amháin atá m’anam ar a shuaimhneas;
is uaidh a thagann mo chúnamh.
Is é mo charraig é, mo shlánú agus mo dhaingean;
ní dhéanfar mo bhogadh.                                                  Freagra

2. Bí ar do shuaimhneas i nDia amháin, a anam liom,
óir is ann atá mo dhóchas.
Is é mo charraig é, mo shlánú agus mo dhaingean;
ní dhéanfar mo bhogadh.                                                   Freagra

3. Cuirigí bhur ndóchas ann i gcónaí, a phobal;
ligigí rún bhur gcroí leis.
Is é Dia ár ndídean.                                                               Freagra


Sliocht as Soiscéal naofa de réir Naomh Lúcás        11:42-46
Ach is mairg daoibhse, Fairisínigh! Agus daoibhse freisin is mairg, dlíodoirí.

San am sin dúirt Íosa leis na Fairisínigh

Pharisees “Ach is mairg daoibhse, Fairisínigh, mar go n-íocann sibh deachúna ar an miontas agus ar an ruibh agus ar an uile ghlasra, agus go scaoileann sibh tharaibh an ceart agus grá do Dhia. Nithe iad seo nárbh fholáir a dhéanamh, gan iad siúd a fhágáil ar lár.

“Is mairg daoibhse, Fairisínigh, mar gur mór agaibh suí sa chéad áit sna sionagóga, agus cách a bheith ag beannú daoibh sna háiteanna poiblí.
“Is mairg daoibh, mar go bhfuil sibh ar nós na dtuamaí nach bhfeictear, go mbíonn daoine ag siúl os a gcionn gan fhios dóibh féin.”

Ach labhair duine de na dlíodoirí: “Ag caint mar sin duit, a Mháistir,” ar sé, “tugann tú easmailt dúinne freisin.”

Ach dúirt seisean: “Agus daoibhse freisin is mairg, dlíodoirí, mar go mbuaileann sibh ualaí do-iompair ar na daoine, ach barr aon mhéire ní chuirfidh sibh féin leis na hualaí céanna.

© An Sagart
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?”

© An Sagart