19th April 2015
3rd Sunday of Easter
"..Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread. As they were saying this, Jesus himself stood among them. But they were startled and frightened, and supposed that they saw a spirit. And he said to them, "Why are you troubled, and why do questionings rise in your hearts? See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself; handle me, and see; for a spirit has not flesh and bones as you see that I have." And while they still disbelieved for joy, and wondered, he said to them, "Have you anything here to eat?"They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate before them. Then he said to them, "These are my words which I spoke to you, while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled." Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. ."
Luke 24: 35-48
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin's homily from the 5th Centenary celebration mass on the 27th March at St Teresa's
The Preface of our Mass today, taken from the Carmelite Missal, sets the tone of our celebration as we join with our Carmelite friends to remember in prayer the fifth centenary of the birth of Saint Teresa of Avila. The Preface says that “in celebrating the memory of Saint Teresa it is our special joy to sing with her the praises of God’s mercy” A little later the Preface reminds us that “Christ, assuming flesh, has shown us that God’s love is unbounded”.
God’s love is unbounded. Our celebration today is really about God’s love. The great challenge of the Church today is not that of the many problems we read about in the papers: about falling numbers of Church attendance or the falling numbers of vocations to the religious life, or of the many challenges which we face from within the society and culture in which we live. These are all symptoms. The greatest challenge, the area in which we as Christians fail most is failing to witness in our lives – as individuals and as a Church community - to the love of God.
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St Teresa of Avila
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5th Centenary of Her birth
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Grafton St, Dublin is a place full of life and vibrancy. It has more than its share of top class stores selling almost everything a shopper is looking for. On the street, there are plenty of very talented street entertainers to cheer the heart. Being a pedestrian street, it is always crowded and bustling with hectic shoppers and people hurrying to purchase the latest bargain or fashion.
But even the most ardent shopper can get tired of the rush and hassle of this busy street. Many head for or discover by accident a little oasis of peace and calm; St. Teresa’s Church. Located down a side alley tucked away between Grafton Street and Clarendon Street, it’s just around the corner from Bewley’s. It is amazing the number of people from all over the city and indeed from all over the country who know and love St. Teresa’s and appreciate the peace and calm they experience here.
St. Teresa’s have been serving the people of Dublin for over two hundred years. It offers now and will continue to offer a place of peace and prayer for all in need.
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