Tag Archives: Psalm 119

May 24

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Sober Thought of the Day
“Every gathering has its moment. As an adult, I distract myself by trying to identify it, dreading the inevitable downswing that is sure to follow. The guests will repeat themselves one too many times, or you’ll run out of dope or liquor and realize that it was all you ever had in common.”
― David Sedaris, Naked

Today’s Saint
“On the question of relating to our fellowman – our neighbor’s spiritual need transcends every commandment. Everything else we do is a means to an end. But love is an end already, since God is love.”
-St. Benedicta (Edith Stein)

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm PS 119:12, 16, 18, 27, 34, 35

R. (35a) Guide me, Lord, in the way of your commands.

Blessed are you, O LORD;
teach me your statutes.
R. Guide me, Lord, in the way of your commands.

In your statutes I will delight;
I will not forget your words.
R. Guide me, Lord, in the way of your commands.

Open my eyes, that I may consider
the wonders of your law.
R. Guide me, Lord, in the way of your commands.

Make me understand the way of your precepts,
and I will meditate on your wondrous deeds.
R. Guide me, Lord, in the way of your commands.

Give me discernment, that I may observe your law
and keep it with all my heart.
R. Guide me, Lord, in the way of your commands.

Lead me in the path of your commands,
for in it I delight.
R. Guide me, Lord, in the way of your commands.

May 22

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Sober Thought of the Day
“There are two kinds of people I don’t trust: people who don’t drink and people who collect stickers.”
― Chelsea Handler, My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands

Today’s Saint
Stop entertaining those vain fears. Remember it is not feeling which constitutes guilt but the consent to such feelings. Only the free will is capable of good or evil. But when the will sighs under the trial of the tempter and does not will what is presented to it, there is not only no fault but there is virtue.
–Saint Pio of Pietrelcina

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm PS 119:165, 168, 171, 172, 174, 175

R. (165a) O Lord, great peace have they who love your law.

Those who love your law have great peace,
and for them there is no stumbling block.
R. O Lord, great peace have they who love your law.

I keep your precepts and your decrees,
for all my ways are before you.
R. O Lord, great peace have they who love your law.

My lips pour forth your praise,
because you teach me your statutes.
R. O Lord, great peace have they who love your law.

May my tongue sing of your promise,
for all your commands are just.
R. O Lord, great peace have they who love your law.

I long for your salvation, O LORD,
and your law is my delight.
R. O Lord, great peace have they who love your law.

Let my soul live to praise you,
and may your ordinances help me.
R. O Lord, great peace have they who love your law.

April 15

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Sober Thought of the Day
“She remembered one of her boyfriends asking, offhandedly, how many books she read in a year. “A few hundred,” she said.
“How do you have the time?” he asked, gobsmacked. She narrowed her eyes and considered the array of potential answers in front of her. Because I don’t spend hours flipping through cable complaining there’s nothing on? Because my entire Sunday is not eaten up with pre-game, in-game, and post-game talking heads? Because I do not spend every night drinking overpriced beer and engaging in dick-swinging contests with the other financirati? Because when I am waiting in line, at the gym, on the train, eating lunch, I am not complaining about the wait/staring into space/admiring myself in reflective surfaces? I am reading!
“I don’t know,” she said, shrugging.”
Eleanor Brown  (The Weird Sisters)

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm PS 119:23-24, 26-27, 29-30

R. (1ab) Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
Though princes meet and talk against me, your servant meditates on your statutes. Yes, your decrees are my delight; they are my counselors. R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
I declared my ways, and you answered me; teach me your statutes. Make me understand the way of your precepts, and I will meditate on your wondrous deeds. R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
Remove from me the way of falsehood, and favor me with your law. The way of truth I have chosen; I have set your ordinances before me. R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!
Today’s Saint
“One of the Franciscans says later, “A monk should own nothing but his harp”; meaning, I suppose, that he should value nothing but his song, the song with which it was his business as a minstrel to serenade every castle and cottage, the song of the joy of the Creator in His creation and the beauty of the brotherhood of men.”
G.K. Chesterton (re: Saint Francis of Assisi)

February 23

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Sober Thought of the Day
Lapsing or relapsing is a process that begins a long time before the actual event. Because lapses and relapses don’t “just happen,” it is possible to identify the signs of impending trouble and head it off. If you learn how to spot the warning signs and make plans to act once you see them, you can stay on the road to recovery. Healing the Addicted Brain, Ch. 9

Sometimes a slip, or a relapse, can be headed off by utilizing a few of the tools available to us in recovery. Going to a meeting. Reading sobriety materials. Networking with sober people online. Talking with our sponsors. Praying. When we feel uncomfortable with things and we think a drink might be the solution, we can “play the tape” to remind us what the rest of the night will look like if we take that first drink. Number 9

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm PS 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8

R. (1b) Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!

Blessed are they whose way is blameless,
who walk in the law of the LORD.
Blessed are they who observe his decrees,
who seek him with all their heart.
R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!

You have commanded that your precepts
be diligently kept.
Oh, that I might be firm in the ways
of keeping your statutes!
R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!

I will give you thanks with an upright heart,
when I have learned your just ordinances.
I will keep your statutes;
do not utterly forsake me.
R. Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!

Today’s Saint 
Hope is practiced through the virtue of patience, which continues to do good even in the face of apparent failure, and through the virtue of humility, which accepts God’s mystery and trusts him even at times of darkness. Faith tells us that God has given his Son for our sakes and gives us the victorious certainty that it is really true: God is love! It thus transforms our impatience and our doubts into the sure hope that God holds the world in his hands and that, as the dramatic imagery of the end of the Book of Revelation points out, in spite of all darkness he ultimately triumphs in glory. Pope Benedict XVI, God Is Love