Tag Archives: Psalm 31

April 16

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Sober Thought of the Day
I saw a notice that said “Drink Canada Dry” and I’ve just started. Brendan Behan

Today’s Psalm
Responsorial Psalm PS 31:3cd-4, 6 and 7b and 8a, 17 and 21ab

R. (6a) Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit. or: R. Alleluia. Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety. You are my rock and my fortress; for your name’s sake you will lead and guide me. R. Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit. or: R. Alleluia. Into your hands I commend my spirit; you will redeem me, O LORD, O faithful God. My trust is in the LORD; I will rejoice and be glad of your mercy. R. Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit. or: R. Alleluia. Let your face shine upon your servant; save me in your kindness. You hide them in the shelter of your presence from the plottings of men. R. Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit. or: R. Alleluia.
Today’s Saint
“We never give more honour to Jesus than when we
honour his Mother, and we honour her simply and solely to honour him all the
more perfectly. We go to her only as a way leading to the goal we seek – Jesus,
her Son.”
–Saint Louis Marie de Montfort
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March 29

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Sober Thought of the Day
“It’s a great advantage not to drink among hard-drinking people.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

This Psalm has two meanings for me. First, I think of myself, like “a dish that is broken” or a “laughingstock to my neighbors and a dread to my friends.”  It is easy for me to accept and to relate to this, reach out to God for help, putting my life in God’s hands.  But secondly, I think of Jesus. And this is tough. To think of Jesus as having felt this way, mocked, spit on, at the clutches of his persecutors–this troubles me greatly, the injustice of it all. Number 9

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm PS 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25

R. (Lk 23:46) Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.

In you, O LORD, I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame.
In your justice rescue me.
Into your hands I commend my spirit;
you will redeem me, O LORD, O faithful God.
R. Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.

For all my foes I am an object of reproach,
a laughingstock to my neighbors, and a dread to my friends;
they who see me abroad flee from me.
I am forgotten like the unremembered dead;
I am like a dish that is broken.
R. Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.

But my trust is in you, O LORD;
I say, “You are my God.
In your hands is my destiny; rescue me
from the clutches of my enemies and my persecutors.”
R. Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.

Let your face shine upon your servant;
save me in your kindness.
Take courage and be stouthearted,
all you who hope in the LORD.
R. Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.

Today’s Saint
“Everything comes from love, all is ordained for the salvation of man, God does nothing without this goal in mind.” Saint Catherine of Siena

 

March 23

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Sober Thought of the Day
To alcohol!  The cause of, and the solution, to all of life’s problems.  Homer Simpson, The Simpsons

Homer Simpson was right–alcohol caused my problems and alcohol seemed, for a time, to solve my problems–or at least make them more palatable.  Number 9

Psalm of the Day

Responsorial Psalm JER 31:10, 11-12ABCD, 13

R. (see 10d) The Lord will guard us, as a shepherd guards his flock.

Hear the word of the LORD, O nations,
proclaim it on distant isles, and say:
He who scattered Israel, now gathers them together,
he guards them as a shepherd his flock.
R. The Lord will guard us, as a shepherd guards his flock.

The LORD shall ransom Jacob,
he shall redeem him from the hand of his conqueror.
Shouting, they shall mount the heights of Zion,
they shall come streaming to the LORD’s blessings:
The grain, the wine, and the oil,
the sheep and the oxen.
R. The Lord will guard us, as a shepherd guards his flock.

Then the virgins shall make merry and dance,
and young men and old as well.
I will turn their mourning into joy,
I will console and gladden them after their sorrows.
R. The Lord will guard us, as a shepherd guards his flock.

Today’s Saint
“All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.”
-St. Francis of Assisi

February 4

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Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm Ps 31:20, 21, 22, 23, 24

R. (25) Let your hearts take comfort, all who hope in the Lord.

How great is the goodness, O LORD,
which you have in store for those who fear you,
And which, toward those who take refuge in you,
you show in the sight of the children of men.
R. Let your hearts take comfort, all who hope in the Lord.

You hide them in the shelter of your presence
from the plottings of men;
You screen them within your abode
from the strife of tongues.
R. Let your hearts take comfort, all who hope in the Lord.

Blessed be the LORD whose wondrous mercy
he has shown me in a fortified city.
R. Let your hearts take comfort, all who hope in the Lord.

Once I said in my anguish,
“I am cut off from your sight”;
Yet you heard the sound of my pleading
when I cried out to you.
R. Let your hearts take comfort, all who hope in the Lord.

Love the LORD, all you his faithful ones!
The LORD keeps those who are constant,
but more than requites those who act proudly.
R. Let your hearts take comfort, all who hope in the Lord.