Tag Archives: Psalm 51

March 9

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Sober Thought of the Day
“An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools.”
― Ernest Hemingway

The quality or trait of mercy in God is astounding. It’s especially fantastic to an alcoholic who like me may have turned his back on God time after time chasing after pleasure at the expense of God’s offer of Joy. Mercy is one of my most favorite words. Number 9

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm PS 51:3-4, 18-19, 20-21AB

R. (see Hosea 6:6) It is mercy I desire, and not sacrifice.

Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
and of my sin cleanse me.
R. It is mercy I desire, and not sacrifice.

For you are not pleased with sacrifices;
should I offer a burnt offering, you would not accept it.
My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit;
a heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.
R. It is mercy I desire, and not sacrifice.

Be bountiful, O LORD, to Zion in your kindness
by rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem;
Then shall you be pleased with due sacrifices,
burnt offerings and holocausts.
R. It is mercy I desire, and not sacrifice.

Today’s Saint
“Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours, Yours are the eyes through which to look out Christ’s compassion to the world Yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good; Yours are the hands with which he is to bless men now.” Teresa of Ávila

February 20

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Sober Thought for the Day
“The attainment of greater humility is the foundation principle of each of AA’s Twelve Steps, for without some degree of humility, no alcoholic can stay sober at all. ”Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 70

I don’t learn humility in my head, through knowledge and study, or through reading about it.  Humility is fostered in my heart. An alcoholic living a sober life, and all that entails, is living a life of humility because in order to stay away from the drink, I have to remember who I am–an alcoholic. I have a flaw, a defect. I’m not perfect. That I cannot drink like other people is something I need to remind myself of each morning. Piling up days in sobriety can very easily lead me to complacency where I forget how alcohol affected me so many days, weeks, months or years ago. Daily I pray, Dear God, thank you for keeping me sober yesterday. Please keep me sober today. Number 9

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 18-19

R. A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.

Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
and of my sin cleanse me.
R. A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.

A clean heart create for me, O God,
and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
Cast me not out from your presence,
and your Holy Spirit take not from me.
R. A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.

For you are not pleased with sacrifices;
should I offer a burnt offering, you would not accept it.
My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit;
a heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.
R. A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.

Today’s Saint

There is something in humility which strangely exalts the heartSaint Augustine

February 15

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Sober Thought for the Day
As stated in Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, “Nearly every serious emotional problem can be seen as a case of misdirected instinct. When that happens, our great natural assets, the instincts, have turned into physical and mental liabilities.”

Through years of alcohol abuse, my God-given instincts have taken me astray. No longer was I able to differentiate between what was a right or wrong inclination to things. My instincts told me I needed one more drink. Once I got sober, my instincts were still out of whack hoping to drag me back to the drink. But, as each day passes, I have more clarity of mind. I have a choice today. Number 9

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm PS 51:3-4, 5-6AB, 18-19

R. (19b) A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.

Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
and of my sin cleanse me.
R. A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.

For I acknowledge my offense,
and my sin is before me always:
“Against you only have I sinned,
and done what is evil in your sight.”
R. A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.

For you are not pleased with sacrifices;
should I offer a burnt offering, you would not accept it.
My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit;
a heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.
R. A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.

Today’s Faith
From Rev. R. J. Meyers, S.J.:
“We ought to cultivate Catholic instincts…the mind trained by Catholic habits of thought tending, by a sort of intuition, towards the light of faith. ‘So alert is the instinctive power of an educated conscience,’

Cardinal Newman says, ‘that by some secret faculty and without any intelligible reasoning process, it seems to detect moral truth wherever it lies hid and feels a conviction of its own accuracy which bystanders cannot account for; and this especially is the case of revealed religion, which is one comprehensive moral fact,’ according to the scriptural text: ‘I know mine and mine know Me.’ Catholic instincts are the result of a thoroughly Catholic life and they are often found in the simple faithful quite as much as in the highly educated,” (Science of the Saints, Vol. 2).

February 13

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Sober Thought for the Day
We will know we are ready and willing for Step 8 when we can apologize to those who hurt us, when we don’t follow the philosophy of “an eye for an eye” and cross off the list those who have gotten revenge or those whom we feel “deserved” our ill treatment. This step is not about judging others. We need to pull back into our humility and learn to replace judgment with attitudes of mercy and forgiveness. Whether our “enemies” ask for it or not, it is our responsibility to forgive them in our hearts and then apologize for our wrongdoing. This is the only attitude that will lead to emotional resolution.The Twelve Step Journal, by Claudette Wassil-Grimm, p. 224-225

I am grateful to God today for his mercy. Not his justice. If I got what I deserved (justice), then I would be dead or in prison from drunk driving. I’d be divorced and unable to raise my children. I was hopeless, and now I am not. That can only be through God’s mercy. I have been the recipient of great mercy and grace. And I commit to show mercy, rather than justice, to all I come in contact today. Number 9

Psalm of the Day
Responsorial Psalm Ps 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 12-13, 14 And 17

R. (see 3a) Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness;
in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense.
Thoroughly wash me from my guilt
and of my sin cleanse me.
R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

For I acknowledge my offense,
and my sin is before me always:
“Against you only have I sinned,
and done what is evil in your sight.”
R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

A clean heart create for me, O God,
and a steadfast spirit renew within me.
Cast me not out from your presence,
and your Holy Spirit take not from me.
R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

Give me back the joy of your salvation,
and a willing spirit sustain in me.
O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.
R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

Today’s Faith
“We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures; we are the sum of the Father’s love for us and our real capacity to become the image of his Son.” (Pope John Paul II, Closing Homily, 5)

From The Divine Mercy web site summarizing JPII’s Encyclical on Mercy, “The Old Testament encourages people suffering from misfortune, especially those weighed down by sin — as also the whole of Israel, which had entered into the covenant with God — to appeal for mercy, and enables them to count upon it: it reminds them of His mercy in times of failure and loss of trust. Subsequently, the Old Testament gives thanks and glory for mercy every time that mercy is made manifest in the life of the people or in the lives of individuals. In this way, mercy is in a certain sense contrasted with God’s justice, and in many cases is shown to be not only more powerful than that justice but also more profound.