Monthly Archives: April 2013

April 30

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Sober Thought of the Day
One reason I don’t drink is that I want to know when I am having a good time.  Lady Astor

Today’s Saint
Humility is the only thing that no devil can
imitate.
— St John Climacus

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm PS 145:10-11, 12-13ab, 21

R. (see 12) Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD, and let your faithful ones bless you. Let them discourse of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might. R. Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
Making known to men your might and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. Your kingdom is a kingdom for all ages, and your dominion endures through all generations. R. Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
May my mouth speak the praise of the LORD, and may all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever. R. Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your kingdom.

April 29

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Sober Thought of the Day
“So much the worse for those who fear wine, for it is because they have some bad thoughts which they are afraid the liquor will extract from their hearts.”
―    Alexandre Dumas,    The Count of Monte Cristo

Today’s Saint
Extend your mercy towards others, so that there can
be no one in need whom you meet without helping. For what hope is there for us
if God should withdraw His Mercy from us?
–Saint Vincent de Paul

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm PS 115:1-2, 3-4, 15-16

R. (1ab) Not to us, O Lord, but to your name give the glory.
Not to us, O LORD, not to us but to your name give glory because of your mercy, because of your truth. Why should the pagans say, “Where is their God?” R. Not to us, O Lord, but to your name give the glory.
Our God is in heaven; whatever he wills, he does. Their idols are silver and gold, the handiwork of men. R. Not to us, O Lord, but to your name give the glory.
May you be blessed by the LORD, who made heaven and earth. Heaven is the heaven of the LORD, but the earth he has given to the children of men. R. Not to us, O Lord, but to your name give the glory.

April 28

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Sober Thought of the Day
“There is no night life in Spain. They stay up late but they get up late. That is not night life. That is delaying the day. Night life is when you get up with a hangover in the morning. Night life is when everybody says what the hell and you do not remember who paid the bill. Night life goes round and round and you look at the wall to make it stop. Night life comes out of a bottle and goes into a jar. If you think how much are the drinks it is not night life.”
―    Ernest Hemingway,    88 Poems

Today’s Saint
If God sends you many sufferings, it is a sign that He has great plans for you and
certainly wants to make you a saint.
–St. Ignatius Loyola

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm Ps 145:8-9, 10-11, 12-13

R. (cf. 1) I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.
The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness. The LORD is good to all and compassionate toward all his works. R. I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.
Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD, and let your faithful ones bless you. Let them discourse of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might. R. I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.
Let them make known your might to the children of Adam, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. Your kingdom is a kingdom for all ages, and your dominion endures through all generations. R. I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.

April 27

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Sober Thought of the Day
“Right, what’s there possibly to worry about?” she said. “Just some surgery in the garage with a drunk doctor.”

Little miss,” said Doc, pointing a finger at Cass. “I’m drinking. I’m not drunk. There’s a difference.” He took another sip from his cup. “But in another ten minutes or so, that might change, so you should stop stalling.”
―    Gregg Rosenblum,    Revolution 19

Today’s Saint
‘When it is all over you will not regret having
suffered; rather you will regret having suffered so little, and suffered that
little so badly.’
–St. Sebastian Valfre

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm PS 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4

R. (3cd) All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done wondrous deeds; His right hand has won victory for him, his holy arm. R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God. The LORD has made his salvation known: in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice. He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness toward the house of Israel. R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation by our God. Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands; break into song; sing praise. R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.

April 26

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Sober Thought of the Day
“You speak of my drinking, yet you don’t know my thirst”
―    Scottish Proverb

Today’s Saint
As iron is fashioned by fire and on the anvil, so
in the fire of suffering and under the weight of trials, our souls receive that
form which our Lord desires them to have.
–St. Madeline Sophie Barat

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm PS 2:6-7, 8-9, 10-11ab

R. (7bc) You are my Son; this day I have begotten you.
“I myself have set up my king on Zion, my holy mountain.” I will proclaim the decree of the LORD: The LORD said to me, “You are my Son; this day I have begotten you.” R. You are my Son; this day I have begotten you.
“Ask of me and I will give you the nations for an inheritance and the ends of the earth for your possession. You shall rule them with an iron rod; you shall shatter them like an earthen dish.” R. You are my Son; this day I have begotten you.
And now, O kings, give heed; take warning, you rulers of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice before him; with trembling rejoice. R. You are my Son; this day I have begotten you.

April 25

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Sober Thought of the Day
“He dozed off, into a dreamless oblivion, for what seemed like seconds but was in fact hours, and awoke hungover, the inner surface of his skull pulsing like a single, giant nerve being chewed by some ruminant animal.”
―    Alex Shakar,    Luminarium

Today’s Saint
“It was pride that changed angels into devils; it
is humility that makes men as angels.”
–Saint Augustine

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm PS 89:2-3, 6-7, 16-17

R. (2) For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
The favors of the LORD I will sing forever; through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness. For you have said, “My kindness is established forever”; in heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness. R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
The heavens proclaim your wonders, O LORD, and your faithfulness, in the assembly of the holy ones. For who in the skies can rank with the LORD? Who is like the LORD among the sons of God? R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
Blessed the people who know the joyful shout; in the light of your countenance, O LORD, they walk. At your name they rejoice all the day, and through your justice they are exalted. R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

 

April 24

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Sober Thought of the Day
“When a man wants to have an alehouse meltdown, the worst thing you can do is stand in his way”
―    Luke Haines,    Post Everything: Outsider Rock and Roll

Today’s Saint
When tempted, invoke your Angel. he is more eager
to help you than you are to be helped! Ignore the devil and do not be afraid of
him: He trembles and flees at the sight of your Guardian Angel.
St. John Bosco

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm PS 67:2-3, 5, 6 and 8

R. (4) O God, let all the nations praise you!
May God have pity on us and bless us; may he let his face shine upon us. So may your way be known upon earth; among all nations, your salvation. R. O God, let all the nations praise you!
May the nations be glad and exult because you rule the peoples in equity; the nations on the earth you guide. R. O God, let all the nations praise you!
May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you! May God bless us, and may all the ends of the earth fear him! R. O God, let all the nations praise you!

April 23

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Sober Thought of the Day
“Two wives despaired of him,’ he said. ‘When he got engaged to Sylvia, she made it a condition that he should take the cure at Zurich. And it worked. He came back in three months a different man. And he hasn’t touched a drop since, even though Sylvia walked out on him.’
‘Why did she do that?’
Well, poor Charlie got rather a bore when he stopped drinking. But that’s not really the point of the story.”
―    Evelyn Waugh,    Brideshead Revisited

Today’s Saint
Trials are nothing else but the forge that purifies the soul of all its
imperfections.
–St Mary Magdalen de’Pazzi

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm PS 87:1b-3, 4-5, 6-7

R. (117:1a) All you nations, praise the Lord.
His foundation upon the holy mountains the LORD loves: The gates of Zion, more than any dwelling of Jacob. Glorious things are said of you, O city of God! R. All you nations, praise the Lord.
I tell of Egypt and Babylon among those who know the LORD; Of Philistia, Tyre, Ethiopia: “This man was born there.” And of Zion they shall say: “One and all were born in her; And he who has established her is the Most High LORD.” R. All you nations, praise the Lord.
They shall note, when the peoples are enrolled: “This man was born there.” And all shall sing, in their festive dance: “My home is within you.” R. All you nations, praise the Lord.

April 22

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Sober Thought of the Day
“We look up to see if it is day or night.  If stars burn cool and moon does shine, we take to smoke divine and wine.
If breath of sun does belch its heat,
we boil coffee and prepare to eat.”  ―    Roman Payne

Today’s Saint
Obedience unites us so closely to God that in a way transforms us into Him, so
that we have no other will but His. If obedience is lacking, even prayer cannot
be pleasing to God.”– St. Thomas Aquinas

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm PS 42:2-3; 43:3, 4

R. (see 3a) Athirst is my soul for the living God. or: R. Alleluia. As the hind longs for the running waters, so my soul longs for you, O God. Athirst is my soul for God, the living God. When shall I go and behold the face of God? R. Athirst is my soul for the living God. or: R. Alleluia. Send forth your light and your fidelity; they shall lead me on And bring me to your holy mountain, to your dwelling-place. R. Athirst is my soul for the living God. or: R. Alleluia. Then will I go in to the altar of God, the God of my gladness and joy; Then will I give you thanks upon the harp, O God, my God! R. Athirst is my soul for the living God. or: R. Alleluia.

April 21

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Sober Thought of the Day
“Could I have a Sloe Gin Fizz, without the gin?”
“What’s the point of that, Miss?” the waiter said.
“Tomorrow morning,” Mabel said.”      Libba Bray,    The Diviners

Today’s Saint
“The Devil doesn’t fear austerity but holy obedience.”– St. Francis de Sales

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm Ps 100:1-2, 3, 5

R. (3c) We are his people, the sheep of his flock. or: R. Alleluia. Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands; serve the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful song. R. We are his people, the sheep of his flock. or: R. Alleluia. Know that the LORD is God; he made us, his we are; his people, the flock he tends. R. We are his people, the sheep of his flock. or: R. Alleluia. The LORD is good: his kindness endures forever, and his faithfulness, to all generations. R. We are his people, the sheep of his flock. or: R. Alleluia.