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WHAT DID DAVID LACK AFTER HIS SIN? HE STILL HAD HIS MAGNIFICENT PALACES AND HUNDRED OTHER AMUSEMENTS…

THE ONE THING NECESSARY

“The one thing necessary! ‘In such sort,’ says Saint Augustine, ‘that with God we have everything, and without Him we have nothing.’

Of what use to a rich man are his gold and his fortune, if God fails him? What does it avail the monarch to wear the mantle of royalty, if he is stripped of the grace of God? Of what service to the scholar is his brilliant knowledge, if he does not know how to love God? Of what profit is it to the general to have a whole army under his command, if he himself groans under the yoke of Satan?

What did David lack after his sin? He had still his splendid gardens and magnificent palaces, the pleasures of the chase and hundred other amusements. Nevertheless, amid all these enjoyments, he found neither peace nor contentment, and his tears fell night and day. Ah! he heard a voice whispering to him: ‘Where is your God?’ And the voice added: ‘Return to your God. He alone can satisfy you.'”
– Laverty & Sons (eds), 1905

 

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“ROUND ME FALLS THE NIGHT”

Round me falls the night;
Saviour, be my light:
Through the hours in darkness shrouded
Let me see your face unclouded;
Let your glory shine
In this heart of mine.
– William Romanis

 

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“A REMARKABLY SIMPLE TOOL FOR BRIGHTENING THE LIVES OF OTHERS”

“PRAISE IS EASY CHARITY

One of the nobler aspects of human nature is the fact that we find pleasure in being of help to other persons. There are exceptions to this rule, of course. There are individuals who are too self-centred even to see the needs of others, let alone minister to those needs. Most of us experience a brief inner glow, however, when we know that some word or act of ours has eased another’s burden.

DOING GOOD

More often than not, a vocation to the priesthood or religious life begins with a youth’s vision of the great good he or she can do in bringing souls to God and to happiness. Many – if not most – young people who study medicine are motivated by the challenge of easing suffering of their fellow men.

HELPING OTHERS

In such professions as nursing and teaching, where the material rewards are so meager, only the pleasure of helping others can account for the recruits who annually flock to these callings. Peace Corpsmen and lay missionaries are other examples of this almost universal urge to lighten our brother’s load.

SMALL DEEDS OF NEIGHBOURLINESS

Most of us, by reason of our circumstances, have to be content with less noticeable acts of mercy – the small deeds of neighbourliness which are scattered through our days. Of this we can be certain: a person who rarely does anything to bring joy or relief to another, is a very unhappy person. He cuts himself off from one of life’s greatest satisfactions.

A SIMPLE TOOL

This being so, it is surprising that so many of us neglect a remarkably simple tool for brightening the lives of others. This tool, so available and so often ignored, is the word of praise. It costs nothing to speak a word of praise. Yet most of us are stingier with our commendations than we are with our money.

ENORMOUS HAPPINESS-POTENTIAL

To appreciate the happiness-potential of praise, we have only to recall how quickly our own morale rises with a pat on the back. ‘That was a good job you did.’ ‘That was a smart idea you had.’ ‘You handled that situation beautifully.’ ‘You have such excellent taste.’ How our spirits do soar on the wings of a sincere compliment!

WHY ARE WE SO STINGY WITH PRAISE?

Why are we so miserly with our words of praise? Some times the reason may be envy or jealousy – basically pride. It hurts us to admit that anyone can do, say or think something better than ourselves.

More commonly, however, it is a matter of thoughtlessness. It just doesn’t occur to us to speak the laudatory word when the opportunity presents itself. Perhaps we take it for granted that the person already knows that he is clever or capable. Or we may be so unobserving that we do not even notice that a friend or acquaintance has said or done something a little above average.

WATCHING FOR OPPORTUNITIES

If we wish to make a habit of spreading happiness through praise, we have to learn to watch for opportunities. Once we begin to seek for such occasions, we may be surprised to discover how often other persons do commendable deeds or exhibit laudable traits.

It may be something very small: a tasty salad, an attractive hairdo, a successful home-repair job or a child remembering to hang up his coat. The moment’s happiness that is given by a compliment is not to be measured by the smallness of the point that is praised.

‘ROOM FOR PRAISE’

We never need fear that the recipient of our praise will become conceited or that our praise will spoil a child. There is hardly a one of us who does not suffer from some degree of inner insecurity and self-doubt. Without any danger of becoming conceited or spoiled, we can absorb far more praise than most of us ever will get.

The majority of people carry a daily load of care and anxiety. When we reflect how much support and encouragement can be imparted by a bit of recognition or approval, it seems a shame that we are not more liberal with our approbation. It is especially lamentable since, by our silence, we rob ourselves of the pleasure that comes from giving pleasure.”
– Fr Leo J. Trese, 1966

 

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O GOD, I LOVE YOU WITH MY WHOLE HEART

AN ACT OF LOVE:

O God of infinite mercy, my supreme good, I love You with my whole heart and above all things. I give myself entirely to You. Deign to accept my love, and augment it. I would wish to love You as You deserve. Ah! grant that I may forget everything, in order to think only of You, of You alone, my God, my Love, my All.

 

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30th APRIL, GOSPEL READING (JOHN 3:16-21)

GOD SENT HIS SON INTO THE WORLD SO THAT THROUGH HIM THE WORLD MIGHT BE SAVED.

Jesus said to Nicodemus:
“Yes, God loves the world so much
that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost
but may have eternal life.
For God sent his Son into the world
not to condemn the world,
but so that through him the world might be saved.
No one who believes in him will be condemned;
but whoever refuses to believe is condemned already,
because he has refused to believe
in the name of God’s only Son.

On these grounds is sentence pronounced:
that though the light has come into the world
men have shown they prefer
darkness to the light
because their deeds were evil.
And indeed, everybody who does wrong
hates the light and avoids it,
for fear his actions should be exposed;
but the man who lives by the truth
comes out into the light,
so that it may be plainly seen that what he does is done in God.”

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2014 in Prayers for Ordinary Time

 

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30th APRIL, RESPONSORIAL PSALM (PSALM 33)

R. This poor man called and the Lord heard him.

1. I will bless the Lord at all times,
his praise always on my lips;
in the Lord my soul shall make its boast.
The humble shall hear and be glad. (R.)

2. Glorify the Lord with me.
Together let us praise his name.
I sought the Lord and he answered me;
from all my tremors he set me free. (R.)

3. Look towards him and be radiant;
let your faces not be abashed.
This poor man called; the Lord heard him
and rescued him from all his distress. (R.)

4. The angel of the Lord is encamped
around those who revere him, to rescue them.
Taste and see that the Lord is good.
He is happy who seeks refuge in him. (R.)

ALLELUIA

Alleluia, alleluia!
Christ has risen and shone upon us
whom he redeemed with his blood.
Alleluia!

 

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30th APRIL, BIBLE READING (ACTS 5:17-26)

THE MEN YOU IMPRISONED ARE IN THE TEMPLE, PREACHING TO THE PEOPLE.

The high priest intervened with all his supporters from the party of the Sadducees. Prompted by jealousy, they arrested the apostles and had them put in the common gaol. But at night the angel of the Lord opened the prison gates and said as he led them out, “Go and stand in the Temple, and tell the people all about this new Life.” They did as they were told; they went into the Temple at dawn and began to preach.

When the high priest arrived, he and his supporters convened the Sanhedrin – this was the full Senate of Israel – and sent to the gaol for them to be brought. But when the officials arrived at the prison they found they were not inside, so they went back and reported, “We found the gaol securely locked and the warders on duty at the gates, but when we unlocked the door we found no one inside.” When the captain of the Temple and the chief priests heard this news they wondered what this could mean.
Then a man arrived with fresh news. “At this very moment,” he said, “the men you imprisoned are in the Temple. They are standing there preaching to the people.” The captain went with his men and fetched them. They were afraid to use force in case the people stoned them.

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 

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