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The Prayer of the Innocent Man GETTING TO THE POINT - February 16, 2015 ... so we have (among other things) the sacrament of reconciliation to cleanse us of sin. Well, what are we to do with this psalm, then? Ignore it? Edit it from future editions of the Bible? Scoff at it, deconstruct it, implicitly or explicitly deny that it is an inspired text just as much as 'the Lord is my shepherd' or 'Praise the Lord, all you nations, acclaim Him all you people'—the psalms, in other words, that may flow more readily from our mouths? The Church has never seen fit to do ...http://frdenis.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-prayer-of-innocent-man.html
The First of All the Creeds GETTING TO THE POINT - January 26, 2015 ... shepherds from the Pope to the rawest newly ordained priest are merely imperfect servants of. I wrote a series of blog posts on this psalm a couple of years ago , and said quite a few lovely things about it then. What strikes me about it this time around is that this psalm is a wonderful medicine against fear, anxiety, discouragement—all the emotions that swirl up in us in difficult times and make us want to flee from life or give up the struggle. Psalm 23 perpetually comes to us with a ...http://frdenis.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-first-of-all-creeds.html
Newspaper Column, Praying the Psalms, Part I PONDER THESE THINGS IN YOUR HEART - January 14, 2015 ... Psalms can be something that unites us. They can be something we share. They can give us a sense of community and a sense that faith is something bigger than just me. Personally, I can't conceive of faith, church, or even salvation that includes only me. My salvation depends on others. Surely, I am responsible for my faith or lack thereof, but it is in community that I learn faith. Faith is learned by fighting with others, loving others, dealing with trials, death, failure, defeat, triumph, ...http://ponderintheheart.blogspot.com/2015/01/newspaper-column-praying-psalms-part-i.html
The Path to Victory GETTING TO THE POINT - January 12, 2015 ... very different world that may not immediately apply to us. How are we to pray this psalm and make it our own? Of course our first connection is to go through David and Solomon to Christ. Any 'king' reference in the Old Testament should recall to us that we do have a king, that his kingdom is eternal, and that we are his subjects. And this king, in this psalm, is utterly victorious—the verses I omitted for space reasons are all about the total overthrow and humiliation of his enemies, ...http://frdenis.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-path-to-victory.html
My Song or His Song? COFFEE AND CANTICLES - January 5, 2015 Morning Prayer today (Psalter, Monday, week II) included one of my top favorite psalms, 42. Usually my nature-loving little heart gets off on the deer that years for running streams, or else on "deep is calling on deep...your billows and all your waves swept over me" since this is such a mighty image of how confused and helpless and overpowered we can feel in the midst of suffering, even when we are fully aware that God's will is always ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CoffeeAndCanticles-TheDivineOfficeInYourLife/~3/5v6ICBUwguI/my-song-or-his-song.html
Where Am I in the Psalter for the Next Few Days? COFFEE AND CANTICLES - January 2, 2015 Darned if I know. The days between Jan 2nd and Epiphany are a great time to just use a digital breviary. Your printed book will be very confusing. If you don't use the common for today's saint's feast, use Friday of week I. Things will make sense again after this Sunday.http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CoffeeAndCanticles-TheDivineOfficeInYourLife/~3/MMvgi8ganSI/where-am-i-in-psalter-for-next-few-days.html
Gift Guide for Breviary Buffs Plus Q&A COFFEE AND CANTICLES - December 11, 2014 ... too--this is a quick and informative guide that will do a good job of getting them interested. Also, if you are still stumbling with those questions about finding the correct prayers for a saint's memorial, or whether a feast takes precedence over a Sunday, etc., chapter 7 is a great reference guide to keep handy. Not to be confused with the first title on this list, Pope Benedict XVI's A School of Prayer is a beautiful collection of papal audience addresses given in 2011 and 2012. It's ...http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/CoffeeAndCanticles-TheDivineOfficeInYourLife/~3/KBfn6KnrNQg/gift-guide-for-breviary-buffs-plus-q.html