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1  Forums / Saints' & Spiritual Life General Discussion / Re: Quote for the Day on: January 22, 2021, 08:19:25 PM
I spent several hours reviewing it, mostly wondering whether most Christians are drawn and held in faith primarily by their reason, or by the mystery of Revelation. 
John 6:65 Therefore did I say to you, that no man can come to me, unless it be given him by my Father.
2  Forums / Saints' & Spiritual Life General Discussion / Re: Quote for the Night on: December 17, 2020, 10:35:03 PM
"God is the cause of created beings and of their inherent goodness. Thus he who is puffed up with his virtue and knowledge, and whose grace-given progress in virtue is not matched by a corresponding recognition of his own weakness, falls inevitably into the sin of pride. He who seeks goodness for the sake of his own reputation prefers himself to God, for he has been pierced by the nail of self-esteem. By doing or speaking what is virtuous in order to be seen by men, he sets a much higher value on the approbation of men than on that of God. In short, he is a victim of the desire to be popular. And he who immorally makes use of morality solely to deceive by his solemn display of virtue, and hides the evil disposition of his will under the outward form of piety, barters virtue for the guile of hypocrisy. He aims at something other than die cause of all things." Saint Maximos
3  Forums / Saints' & Spiritual Life General Discussion / Re: Quote for the Day on: December 08, 2020, 12:28:43 PM
"Father Bernardine de Bustis relates that a hawk darted upon a bird which had been taught to say Ave Maria; the bird said Ave Maria, and the hawk fell dead.
By this our Lord wished to show us, that if an irrational bird was saved from such destruction by invoking Mary, how much more surely will he be prevented from falling into the powers of evil spirits, who is mindful to invoke Mary in temptation!"
Saint Alphonsus Liguori from the Glories of Mary Chapter 2 "Our Life, Our Sweetness"
4  Forums / Book Study / Re: The Imitation by Thomas Kemp on: December 03, 2020, 05:29:48 PM
The Eleventh Chapter

Acquiring Peace and Zeal for Perfection

WE SHOULD enjoy much peace if we did not concern ourselves with what others say and do, for these are no concern of ours.
How can a man who meddles in affairs not his own, who seeks strange distractions, and who is little or seldom inwardly recollected, live long in peace?
Blessed are the simple of heart for they shall enjoy peace in abundance.
Why were some of the saints so perfect and so given to contemplation?
Because they tried to mortify entirely in themselves all earthly desires, and thus they were able to attach themselves to God with all their heart and freely to concentrate their innermost thoughts.
We are too occupied with our own whims and fancies, too taken up with passing things.
Rarely do we completely conquer even one vice, and we are not inflamed with the desire to improve ourselves day by day; hence, we remain cold and indifferent.
If we mortified our bodies perfectly and allowed no distractions to enter our minds, we could appreciate divine things and experience something of heavenly contemplation.
The greatest obstacle, indeed, the only obstacle, is that we are not free from passions and lusts, that we do not try to follow the perfect way of the saints.
Thus when we encounter some slight difficulty, we are too easily dejected and turn to human consolations.
If we tried, however, to stand as brave men in battle, the help of the Lord from heaven would surely sustain us.
For He Who gives us the opportunity of fighting for victory, is ready to help those who carry on and trust in His grace.
If we let our progress in religious life depend on the observance of its externals alone, our devotion will quickly come to an end.
Let us, then, lay the ax to the root that we may be freed from our passions and thus have peace of mind.
If we were to uproot only one vice each year, we should soon become perfect.
The contrary, however, is often the case—we feel that we were better and purer in the first fervor of our conversion than we are after many years in the practice of our faith.
Our fervor and progress ought to increase day by day; yet it is now considered noteworthy if a man can retain even a part of his first fervor.
If we did a little violence to ourselves at the start, we should afterwards be able to do all things with ease and joy.
It is hard to break old habits, but harder still to go against our will.
If you do not overcome small, trifling things, how will you overcome the more difficult?
Resist temptations in the beginning, and unlearn the evil habit lest perhaps, little by little, it lead to a more evil one.
If you but consider what peace a good life will bring to yourself and what joy it will give to others, I think you will be more concerned about your spiritual progress.
5  Forums / Book Study / Re: The Imitation by Thomas Kemp on: December 03, 2020, 04:40:22 PM
The first thing that came to mind was Saint John of Damascus's Exposition of the Orthodox Faith Book 2
Chapter 12 On Man excerpts
The soul, accordingly , is a living essence, simple, incorporeal, invisible in its proper nature to bodily eyes, immortal, reasoning and intelligent, formless, making use of an organised body, and being the source of its powers of life, and growth, and sensation, and generation, mind being but its purest part and not in any wise alien to it; (for as the eye to the body, so is the mind to the soul); further it enjoys freedom and volition and energy, and is mutable, that is, it is given to change, because it is created. All these qualities according to nature it has received of the grace of the Creator, of which grace it has received both its being and this particular kind of nature.

But piety and thought are the peculiar properties of the soul. And the virtues are common to soul and body, although they are referred to the soul as if the soul were making use of the body. The reasoning part, it should be understood, naturally bears rule over that which is void of reason. For the faculties of the soul are divided into that which has reason, and that which is without reason. Again, of that which is without reason there are two divisions: that which does not listen to reason, that is to say, is disobedient to reason, and that which listens and obeys reason. That which does not listen or obey reason is the vital or pulsating faculty, and the spermatic or generative faculty, and the vegetative or nutritive faculty: to this belong also the faculties of growth and bodily formation. For these are not under the dominion of reason but under that of nature. That which listens to and obeys reason, on the other hand is divided into anger and desire. And the unreasoning part of the soul is called in common the pathetic and the appetitive . Further, it is to be understood, that impulsive movement likewise belongs to the part that is obedient to reason.

Chapter 20 on Memory
The faculty of memory is the cause and storehouse of remembrance and recollection. For memory is a fantasy that is left behind of some sensation and thought manifesting itself in action; or the preservation of a sensation and thought . For the soul comprehends objects of sense through the organs of sense, that is to say, it perceives, and thence arises a notion: and similarly it comprehends the objects of thought through the mind, and thence arises a thought. It is then the preservation of the types of these notions and thoughts that is spoken of as memory.

Chapter 21 on conception and articulation
Again the reasoning part of the soul is divided into conception and articulation. Conception is an activity of the soul originating in the reason without resulting in utterance. Accordingly, often, even when we are silent we run through a whole speech in our minds, and hold discussions in our dreams. And it is this faculty chiefly which constitutes us all reasoning beings. For those who are dumb by birth or have lost their voice through some disease or injury, are just as much reasoning beings. But articulation by voice or in the different dialects requires energy: that is to say, the word is articulated by the tongue and mouth, and this is why it is named articulation. It is, indeed, the messenger of thought, and it is because of it that we are called speaking beings.

Chapter 22 on passion and reason excerpts
Observe also that our soul possesses twofold faculties, those of knowledge, and those of life. The faculties of knowledge are mind, thought, notion, presentation, sensation: and the vital or appetitive faculties are will and choice. Now, to make what has been said clearer, let us consider these things more closely, and first let us take the faculties of knowledge. Presentation and sensation then have already been sufficiently discussed above. It is sensation that causes a passion, which is called presentation, to arise in the soul, and from presentation comes notion. Thereafter thought, weighing the truth or falseness of the notion, determines what is true: and this explains the Greek word for thought, dianoia, which is derived from dianoein, meaning to think and discriminate. That, however, which is judged and determined to be true, is spoken of as mind. Or to put it otherwise: The primary activity of the mind, observe, is intelligence, but intelligence applied to any object is called a thought, and when this persists and makes on the mind an impression of the object of thought, it is named reflection, and when reflection dwells on the same object and puts itself to the test, and closely examines the relation of the thought to the soul, it gets the name prudence. Further, prudence, when it extends its area forms the power of reasoning, and is called conception, and this is defined as the fullest activity of the soul, arising in that part where reason resides, and being devoid of outward expression: and from it proceeds the uttered word spoken by the tongue. And now that we have discussed the faculties of knowledge, let us turn to the vital or appetitive faculties. It should be understood that there is implanted in the soul by nature a faculty of desiring that which is in harmony with its nature, and of maintaining in close union all that belongs essentially to its nature: and this power is called will or thelesis. For the essence both of existence and of living yearns after activity both as regards mind and sense, and in this it merely longs to realise its own natural and perfect being. And so this definition also is given of this natural will: will is an appetite, both rational and vital, depending only on what is natural. So that will is nothing else than the natural and vital and rational appetite of all things that go to constitute nature, that is, just the simple faculty. For the appetite of creatures without reason, since it is irrational, is not called will. Again boulesis or wish is a sort of natural will, that is to say, a natural and rational appetite for some definite thing. For there is seated in the soul of man a faculty of rational desire. When, then, this rational desire directs itself naturally to some definite object it is called wish. For wish is rational desire and longing for some definite thing.
6  Forums / Everything Else / Advent Meditation: Lighting the Lamp on: December 01, 2020, 01:28:27 PM
I wrote this in 2019 to my friend
Performing penance up until Christmas day is definitely a good Catholic Tradition.
And it fits with the Word about the absolute guarantee of doing charity work as a sure means of Eternal Salvation.
Because everyone forgets about that section where Jesus reveals He is the least of us in a unique unpredictable way.
Not in His glory but in His weakness He suffers as with the poor and sick through there pain and deprivation.
Fasting is encouraged mostly for the strong to unite themselves in solidarity to the weak.
If only to remember the suffering of true hunger or to conquer hunger with prayer or conquer sleep with prayer but these are temporary obstacles to be trained with not overcome by.
Fasting regularly is for ascetics.
Christian fasting is based on what Isaiah reveals is an acceptable fast to the Lord which is to perform the Gospel
ie feed the hungry, free the captives, heal the sick, live peacefully with others, and make your prayers heard on high through the contrition of your heart which is the most acceptable fast to the Lord.
The dedication of the heart, mind, body and soul to the Lord is the greatest fast which we see Jesus perform as a 40 day fast like the one of Moses.
The 40 days were used to consecrate the Lord's Son with the ministry of angels as the final reward for His resisting the tempter's cruel snares and foul lies.
The spiritual wilderness is the battleground of saints who grapple against the evil of the world and conquer through the Gospel which binds evil with Uncreated Light,
 then with the Cross they cast out evil from temple of God, then they cleanse the temple with the rededication to the Holy Spirit,
 then after the temple is cleansed by the Spirit of Holiness, the temple is filled with the fragrant smell of prayer which are holy prayers,
finally through the lifting of the heart up into state of bliss the Resurrection of the Risen Lord brings forth a living hope,
leading to the glorious Ascension of the Lord into the seat of High Priest in Heaven,
prayers for grace are then offered that we might commune with the Holy Spirit, the Source of All-Goodness, the One True Light,  the Lord of Sacred Glory,
then the temple of the body is filled with infinite light and bathed in the regeneration of new life in the Light of Christ and the love of the Father of Light.
This is how the candlestick is light and lifted up to a high place to give light to the entire room.
7  Forums / Book Study / Re: The Five Books of Psalms on: November 30, 2020, 01:29:12 AM
Reflection on Psalm 9 part 1
The Goal of the Gospel of the Beloved is the salvation of souls.
I will give thanks to the Lord, with my whole heart,  
I will recall His wonderful deeds
Great and many are the deeds of the Lord
Creation began when God spoke the Word and sent His Spirit to hallow the waters of creation.
Great is the Lord who hallowed the waters of creation by His All Holy Life Giving Spirit!
For before the Spirit came, the Universe was void of holiness and empty in substance.
The Spirit of the Perfection of God brooded over the waters, gently and sublime in Wisdom.
Heaven and the Host of Heaven were made by the Spirit of the Lord.
By the breath of His Mouth the Hosts were formed.
When the names of the hosts were called by the Ineffable One, they came into being.
Beings made of supermundane light, sparks from the Super-Essential Fire, the angels were created by the True Light.
The Prime Intelligence created the celestial intelligences, the Supreme Mind created the heavenly minds, the Immaterial One, the Lord of Hosts created the heavenly host.
Great is the Lord, praised and exalted above the cherubim!
Holy is the Lord, hallowed and blessed by the seraphim!
Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, enthroned in glory, enlightening and sanctifying those who love the Lord God with all their heart, all their mind and all their strength, with purity of heart and trust in God.
Praise be God who translated Enoch that he would not see death!
Praise be God who preserved Noah and instructed him in the architecture of the ark!
Praise be God who blessed the Seed of Abraham that all nations would be blessed through him!
Praise be God who preserved Isaac from death by the command of the angel of the Lord!
Praise be God who empowered Jacob to overcome men and angels with the strength of God!
Praise be God who preserved Ishmael from death and showed mercy on handmaiden Hagar!
Praise be God who saved Joseph from despair and exalted Joseph by grace through humility and chastity, Joseph overcame the temptress and forgave his brethren!
Praise be God who preserved Moses from destruction at the hands of Pharaoh by the gracious aid of holy Hebrew Midwives of which the name of the one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah!
Praise be God who gave Israel the Law and set them free from bondage!
Praise be God who established worship, confession and repentance even from of old!
Praise be God who sent the Holy Prophets!
8  Forums / Everything Else / Re: The Praises of Blessed Mary, Ever Virgin Queen of Heaven and Earth on: November 29, 2020, 10:32:29 PM
In honor of Advent:
O Holy Virgin, Queen and Servant, Lady of Graces, Mother of Salvation, Second Eve and Refuge of Sinners, Mary, Fullness of Grace, pray for us sinners.
Holy Shepherds who adore the Saviour unite your prayers with Holy Mary, Mother of God and pray for us sinners.
Holy Army of Angels who adore the Lord unite your prayers with Holy Mary, Mother of God and pray for us sinners.
Holy Magi who worshiped Jesus the Christ, the Son of David, unite your payers with Holy Mary, Mother of God and pray for us sinners.
Holy Joseph who protected the Holy Virgin and Christ Child, Foremost-Saint unite your prayers with Holy Mary, and pray for sinners.
9  Forums / Saints' & Spiritual Life General Discussion / Re: By St. Augustine on: November 25, 2020, 02:23:02 AM
Saint Augustine's Word & Spirit Chapter 11 [VII.]--From What Fountain Good Works Flow.
1 This holy meditation preserves "the children of men, who put their trust under the shadow of God's wings," Ps. xxxvi. 7. so that they are "drunken with the fatness of His house, and drink of the full stream of His pleasure.

2 For with Him is the fountain of life, and in His light shall they see light. For He extendeth His mercy to them that know Him, and His righteousness to the upright in heart." Ps. xxxvi. 8-10.

3 He does not, indeed, extend His mercy to them because they know Him, but that they may know Him; nor is it because they are upright in heart, but that they may become so, that He extends to them His righteousness, whereby He justifies the ungodly. Rom. iv. 5.

4 This meditation does not elevate with pride: this sin arises when any man has too much confidence in himself, and makes himself the chief end of living.

5 Impelled by this vain feeling, he departs from that fountain of life, from the draughts of which alone is imbibed the holiness which is itself the good life,--and from that unchanging light,

6 by sharing in which the reasonable soul is in a certain sense inflamed, and becomes itself a created and reflected luminary; even as "John was a burning and a shining light,"  John v. 35. who notwithstanding acknowledged the source of his own illumination in the words, "Of His fulness have all we received." John i. 16.

7 Whose, I would ask, but His, of course, in comparison with whom John indeed was no light at all? For "that was the true light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world."John i. 9.

8 Therefore, in the same psalm, after saying, "Extend Thy mercy to them that know Thee, and Thy righteousness to the upright in heart,"  Ps. xxxvi. 10. he adds, "Let not the foot of pride come against me, and let not the hands of sinners move me.

9 There have fallen all the workers of iniquity: they are cast out, and are not able to stand." Ps. xxxvi. 11, 12.

10 Since by that impiety which leads each to attribute to himself the excellence which is God's, he is cast out into his own native darkness, in which consist the works of iniquity.

11 For it is manifestly these works which he does, and for the achievement of such alone is he naturally fit.

12 The works of righteousness he never does, except as he receives ability from that fountain and that light, where the life is that wants for nothing, and where is "no variableness, nor the shadow of turning."Jas. i. 17.
10  Forums / Saints' & Spiritual Life General Discussion / Re: Quote for the Night on: November 24, 2020, 02:27:57 AM
Vatican 1 Dogmatic constitution on the catholic faith SESSION 3 Paragraph 7
Thereupon there came into being and spread far and wide throughout the world that doctrine of rationalism or naturalism, – utterly opposed to the christian religion, since this is of supernatural origin, – which spares no effort to bring it about that Christ, who alone is our lord and saviour, is shut out from the minds of people and the moral life of nations. Thus they would establish what they call the rule of simple reason or nature. The abandonment and rejection of the christian religion, and the denial of God and his Christ, has plunged the minds of many into the abyss of pantheism, materialism and atheism, and the consequence is that they strive to destroy rational nature itself, to deny any criterion of what is right and just, and to overthrow the very foundations of human society.
11  Forums / Saints' & Spiritual Life General Discussion / Re: Quote for the Day on: November 23, 2020, 02:33:14 PM
Roman Catechism II, 5,4
The faithful, therefore, are first to be admonished and exhorted to labor most strenuously and studiously to attain this inward penance of the heart, which we call a virtue, without which exterior penance will evil them very little. Inward penance consists in turning ourselves to God from the heart, and in detesting and holding in hatred our past transgressions, with, at the same time, a firm and deliberate resolution of correcting our evil course of life and corrupt morals, not without the hope of obtaining pardon from the mercy of God. It is accomplished with grief, and sadness, which is a perturbation, to detestation of sins. Wherefore, with many of the Holy Fathers, the definition of penance is comprised in this anguish of mind.
12  Forums / Everything Else / The Praises of Blessed Mary, Ever Virgin Queen of Heaven and Earth on: November 20, 2020, 05:45:20 PM
After reading a little bit of the Glories of Mary I decided that opening a thread dedicated to celebrating the praises of our Blessed Queen of Mercy would be a salutary endeavor.

Blessed be God whose Almighty Perfection produced the perfect creature the Ever Virgin Theotokos Mary!
Blessed be Mary in whose body and soul, heart and mind the fullness of grace was infused by God!
Blessed be Mary, Virgin and Mother, Queen and Handmaiden!
Blessed be Mary, Queen of God's Kingdom, whose prayers bring all the saved safely to heaven!
Blessed be Mary, among creatures there is none like her, beautiful and pure, holy and clean!
Blessed be Mary, Mother of our Saviour, Jesus she bore, the Father's luminous brilliance she suckled, the True Light she swaddled!
Blessed be Mary, Mother of all Christians, whose loving maternal care is only exceeded by God!
Blessed be Mary, Destroyer of all heresies, for you alone have destroyed all heresies in the whole world!
Blessed be Mary, Angel adored, who believed the word of the Archangel Gabriel!
Blessed be Mary, Virgin Conceiver, A virgin still, you gave your flesh to the Word and obedience to God!
Blessed be Mary, humble handmaiden, you are exalted because of your humility, all the angels and saints bless you for what you have done!
13  Forums / Book Study / Re: The Five Books of Psalms on: November 20, 2020, 05:14:37 PM
Psalm 9 which is Psalm 9&10 for the Septuagint
In finem, pro occultis filii. Psalmus David.
2 Confitebor tibi, Domine, in toto corde meo; narrabo omnia mirabilia tua.
3 Laetabor et exsultabo in te; psallam nomini tuo, Altissime.
4 In convertendo inimicum meum retrorsum; infirmabuntur, et peribunt a facie tua.
5 Quoniam fecisti judicium meum et causam meam; sedisti super thronum, qui judicas justitiam.
6 Increpasti gentes, et periit impius: nomen eorum delesti in aeternum, et in saeculum saeculi.
7 Inimici defecerunt frameae in finem, et civitates eorum destruxisti. Periit memoria eorum cum sonitu;
8 et Dominus in aeternum permanet. Paravit in judicio thronum suum,
9 et ipse judicabit orbem terrae in aequitate: judicabit populos in justitia.
10 Et factus est Dominus refugium pauperi; adjutor in opportunitatibus, in tribulatione.
11 Et sperent in te qui noverunt nomen tuum, quoniam non dereliquisti quaerentes te, Domine.
12 Psallite Domino qui habitat in Sion; annuntiate inter gentes studia ejus:
13 quoniam requirens sanguinem eorum recordatus est; non est oblitus clamorem pauperum.
14 Miserere mei, Domine: vide humilitatem meam de inimicis meis,
15 qui exaltas me de portis mortis, ut annuntiem omnes laudationes tuas in portis filiae Sion:
16 exultabo in salutari tuo. Infixae sunt gentes in interitu quem fecerunt; in laqueo isto quem absconderunt comprehensus est pes eorum.
17 Cognoscetur Dominus judicia faciens; in operibus manuum suarum comprehensus est peccator.
18 Convertantur peccatores in infernum, omnes gentes quae obliviscuntur Deum.
19 Quoniam non in finem oblivio erit pauperis; patientia pauperum non peribit in finem.
20 Exsurge, Domine; non confortetur homo: judicentur gentes in conspectu tuo.
21 Constitue, Domine, legislatorem super eos, ut sciant gentes quoniam homines sunt.
22 Ut quid, Domine, recessisti longe; despicis in opportunitatibus, in tribulatione?
23 Dum superbit impius, incenditur pauper: comprehenduntur in consiliis quibus cogitant.
24 Quoniam laudatur peccator in desideriis animae suae, et iniquus benedicitur.
25 Exacerbavit Dominum peccator: secundum multitudinem irae suae, non quaeret.
26 Non est Deus in conspectu ejus; inquinatae sunt viae illius in omni tempore. Auferuntur judicia tua a facie ejus; omnium inimicorum suorum dominabitur.
27 Dixit enim in corde suo: Non movebor a generatione in generationem, sine malo.
28 Cujus maledictione os plenum est, et amaritudine, et dolo; sub lingua ejus labor et dolor.
29 Sedet in insidiis cum divitibus in occultis, ut interficiat innocentem.
30 Oculi ejus in pauperem respiciunt; insidiatur in abscondito, quasi leo in spelunca sua. Insidiatur ut rapiat pauperem; rapere pauperem dum attrahit eum.
31 In laqueo suo humiliabit eum; inclinabit se, et cadet cum dominatus fuerit pauperum.
32 Dixit enim in corde suo: Oblitus est Deus; avertit faciem suam, ne videat in finem.
33 Exsurge, Domine Deus, exaltetur manus tua; ne obliviscaris pauperum.
34 Propter quid irritavit impius Deum? dixit enim in corde suo: Non requiret.
35 Vides, quoniam tu laborem et dolorem consideras, ut tradas eos in manus tuas. Tibi derelictus est pauper; orphano tu eris adjutor.
36 Contere brachium peccatoris et maligni; quaeretur peccatum illius, et non invenietur.
37 Dominus regnabit in aeternum, et in saeculum saeculi; peribitis, gentes, de terra illius.
38 Desiderium pauperum exaudivit Dominus; praeparationem cordis eorum audivit auris tua:
39 judicare pupillo et humili, ut non apponat ultra magnificare se homo super terram.
Douay Rheims
Unto the end, for the hidden things of the Son. A psalm for David.
2 I will give praise to thee, O Lord, with my whole heart: I will relate all thy wonders.
3 I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing to thy name, O thou most high.
4 When my enemy shall be turned back: they shall be weakened and perish before thy face.
5 For thou hast maintained my judgment and my cause: thou hast sat on the throne, who judgest justice.
6 Thou hast rebuked the Gentiles, and the wicked one hath perished: thou hast blotted out their name for ever and ever.
7 The swords of the enemy have failed unto the end: and their cities thou hast destroyed. Their memory hath perished with a noise.
8 But the Lord remaineth for ever. He hath prepared his throne in judgment:
9 And he shall judge the world in equity, he shall judge the people in justice.
10 And the Lord is become a refuge for the poor: a helper in due time in tribulation.
11 And let them trust in thee who know thy name: for thou hast not forsaken them that seek thee, O Lord.
12 Sing ye to the Lord, who dwelleth in Sion: declare his ways among the Gentiles:
13 For requiring their blood he hath remembered the: he hath not forgotten the cry of the poor.
14 Have mercy on me, O Lord: see my humiliation which I suffer from my enemies.
15 Thou that liftest me up from the gates of death, that I may declare all thy praises in the gates of the daughter of Sion.
16 I will rejoice in thy salvation: the Gentiles have stuck fast in the destruction which they have prepared. Their foot hath been taken in the very snare which they hid.
17 The Lord shall be known when he executeth judgments: the sinner hath been caught in the works of his own hands.
18 The wicked shall be turned into hell, all the nations that forget God.
19 For the poor man shall not be forgotten to the end: the patience of the poor shall not perish for ever.
20 Arise, O Lord, let not man be strengthened: let the Gentiles be judged in thy sight.
21 Appoint, O Lord, a lawgiver over them: that the Gentiles may know themselves to be but men.
22 Why, O Lord, hast thou retired afar off? why dost thou slight us in our wants, in the time of trouble?
23 Whilst the wicked man is proud, the poor is set on fire: they are caught in the counsels which they devise.
24 For the sinner is praised in the desires of his soul: and the unjust man is blessed.
25 The sinner hath provoked the Lord according to the multitude of his wrath he will not seek him:
26 God is not before his eyes: his ways are filthy at all times. Thy judgments are removed from his sight: he shall rule over all his enemies.
27 For he hath said in his heart: I shall not be moved from generation to generation, and shall be without evil.
28 His mouth is full of cursing, and of bitterness, and of deceit: under his tongue are labour and sorrow.
29 He sitteth in ambush with the rich in private places, that he may kill the innocent.
30 His eyes are upon the poor man: He lieth in wait in secret like a lion in his den. He lieth in ambush that he may catch the poor man: to catch the poor, whilst he draweth him to him.
31 In his net he will bring him down, he will crouch and fall, when he shall have power over the poor.
32 For he hath said in his heart: God hath forgotten, he hath turned away his face not to see to the end.
33 Arise, O Lord God, let thy hand be exalted: forget not the poor.
34 Wherefore hath the wicked provoked God? for he hath said in his heart: He will not require it.
35 Thou seest it, for thou considerest labour and sorrow: that thou mayst deliver them into thy hands. To thee is the poor man left: thou wilt be a helper to the orphan.
36 Break thou the arm of the sinner and of the malignant: his sin shall be sought, and shall not be found.
37 The Lord shall reign to eternity, yea, for ever and ever: ye Gentiles shall perish from his land.
38 The Lord hath heard the desire of the poor: thy ear hath heard the preparation of their heart.
39 To judge for the fatherless and for the humble, that man may no more presume to magnify himself upon earth.
Brenton Septuagint
1For the end, a Psalm of David, concerning the secrets of the Son. I will give thanks to thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will recount all thy wonderful works.
2I will be glad and exult in thee: I will sing to thy name, O thou Most High.
3When mine enemies are turned back, they shall be feeble and perish at thy presence.
4For thou hast maintained my cause and my right; thou satest on the throne, that judgest righteousness.
5Thou hast rebuked the nations, and the ungodly one has perished; thou hast blotted out their name for ever, even for ever and ever.
6The swords of the enemy have failed utterly; and thou hast destroyed cities: their memorial has been destroyed with a noise,
7but the Lord endures for ever: he has prepared his throne for judgment.
8And he will judge the world in righteousness, he will judge the nations in uprightness.
9The Lord also is become a refuge for the poor, a seasonable help, in affliction.
10And let them that know thy name hope in thee: for thou, O Lord, hast not failed them that diligently seek thee.
11Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Sion: declare his dealings among the nations.
12For he remembered them, in making inquisition for blood: he has not forgotten the supplication of the poor.
13Have mercy upon me, O Lord; look upon my affliction which I suffer of mine enemies, thou that liftest me up from the gates of death:
14that I may declare all thy praises in the gates of the daughter of Sion: I will exult in thy salvation.
15The heathen are caught in the destruction which they planned: in the very snare which they hid is their foot taken.
16The Lord is known as executing judgments: the sinner is taken in the works of his hands. A song of Pause.
17Let sinners be driven away into Hades, even all the nations that forget God.
18For the poor shall not be forgotten for ever: the patience of the needy ones shall not perish for ever.
19Arise, O Lord, let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged before thee.
20Appoint, O Lord, a lawgiver over them: let the heathen know that they are men. Pause.
Psalm 10
1Why standest thou afar off, O Lord? why dost thou overlook us in times of need, in affliction?
2While the ungodly one acts proudly, the poor is hotly pursued: the wicked are taken in the crafty counsels which they imagine.
3Because the sinner praises himself for the desires of his heart; and the unjust one blesses himself.
4The sinner has provoked the Lord: according to the abundance of his pride he will not seek after him: God is not before him.
5His ways are profane at all times; thy judgments are removed from before him: he will gain the mastery over all his enemies.
6For he has said in his heart, I shall not be moved, continuing without evil from generation to generation.
7Whose mouth is full of cursing, and bitterness, and fraud: under his tongue are trouble and pain.
8He lies in wait with rich men in secret places, in order to slay the innocent: his eyes are set against the poor.
9He lies in wait in secret as a lion in his den: he lies in wait to ravish the poor, to ravish the poor when he draws him after him: he will bring him down in his snare.
10He will bow down and fall when he has mastered the poor.
11For he has said in his heart, God has forgotten: he has turned away his face so as never to look.
12Arise, O Lord God; let thy hand be lifted up: forget not the poor.
13Wherefore, has the wicked provoked God? for he has said in his heart, He will not require it.
14Thou seest it; for thou dost observe trouble and wrath, to deliver them into thy hands: the poor has been left to thee; thou wast a helper to the orphan.
15Break thou the arm of the sinner and wicked man: his sin shall be sought for, and shall not be found.
16The Lord shall reign for ever, even for ever and ever: ye Gentiles shall perish out his land.
17The Lord has heard the desire of the poor: thine ear has inclined to the preparation of their heart;
18to plead for the orphan and afflicted, that man may no more boast upon the earth.
14  Forums / Saints' & Spiritual Life General Discussion / Re: Quote for the Night on: November 20, 2020, 04:11:01 PM
"Doctrine without assisting grace, although it comes in through the ears, never descends to the heart; it makes a great noise outside, but inside it profits nothing. However, the word of God brought in through the ears ultimately reaches to the heart when the grace of God touches the mind interiorly so that it might be understood. For just as God illuminates people with the flame of His divine love so that they might understand in a life-giving manner, so also he deserts the frigid and lazy so that they persist without awareness." Saint Isidore of Seville Sententiae Book 3 Chapter 10 verse 1&2
15  Forums / Everything Else / Re: Learn how to pray on: November 20, 2020, 01:23:48 AM
And now a word about prayer: prayer should be short, except when it is inspired by the Holy Spirit. It is enough to say Benedictus Dominus Deus! Or Blessed be God! Jesus I love you, make me the temple of Thy Spirit! Father, help me to be truly Thy son! Holy Virgin, Mary, purest and fairest creature, pray for me who am so miserable! God free me from the bondage of sin!
The point is to lift the mind to the realm of heavenly possibilities! When we are baptized into the baptism of Christ, we are baptized into the infinite possibilities of God! With Him all things are possible! We can move mountains, tame lions, overcome any obstacle, scale the highest wall, defeat the greatest of strongholds, all by the power of Almighty God and holy prayer! There is the pray of purification. There is the prayer of illumination. There is the prayer of unification. There is the prayer inspired by our life. There is the prayer that is inspired by the saints. There is the prayer inspired by the angels. There is the prayer inspired by the prophets. There is the prayer inspired by the Apostles. There is the prayer, given for our salvation, which is the Lord's Prayer. O Holy of holies! The Lord's Prayer is great and mighty, rich in graces, abundant in blessings, all sufficient in graces! If you could learn the truth of the Lord's Prayer it is the only prayer you would need to say. So let me give you some pious insight. The Lord Himself, prays with us, this very prayer, so that we never pray The Lord's Prayer alone. The Lord prays with us! Consider this, you are united in prayer with the King of the Universe! If I could die of love it would be sufficient to express this point! God prays with you! Not only that, but you are united to all Christians, by the commonality of the prayer, you are united to all the saints, you are united to all those Christians who came before you in the faith, they professed the same Creed, the same Lord's Prayer and you can expect the same reward provided that you follow in their imitation of our Lord. Our Lord prayed always, He would go to be alone, leaving the disciples so that He could pray in secret. The Lord Himself desires secrecy, He desires not to be bothered with the continual task of pedagogy and was desirous of the intimate unity of the Holy Trinity. For Jesus always prayed in the Holy Spirit to the Father. This is our model. To imitate Christ our Saviour. To desire with all heavenly longing to truly commune with the Father. It is always important to ask God for faith. God will supply you with all the faith that you need, provided that you ask for it. This is called the Apostles' Prayer. Lord increase our faith. Or Lord I want to believe, heal my unbelief! Pray for faith that you might pray better. Then ask God to help you to pray. For Paul says we know not how to pray as we aught. We must admit this. For God gives grace to the humble. Admit your inability to pray as you aught and God shall bless you with pious sentiments and holy prayers. For the best prayers are those infused into us by the Holy Spirit which we can be certain God hears and is pleased that we cooperated by accepting His grace. Prayers of repentance are of the utmost importance. Odds are you are familiar with the act of contrition. However, most salutary is the perfect act of contrition that flows from the desire to repent out of love and not of fear. This is a most blessed prayer that flows from the heart and reaches God as a fragrance of pure incense.
For example, My God, I am sorry for having done wrong and chosen my own will over Thy perfect will. Please forgive me my sins and perfect in me Thy perfect love that by Thy grace I may avoid sin, do what is right and always be found pleasing to you. Amen
There is no "formula" for an act of perfect contrition so it is important to pray that God will grant you the grace of contrition and most importantly the gift of tears which the saints believed was of the utmost importance. By tears our sins are washed away.
My God I love you, increase in me my sorrow for my sins, grant me the gift of tears that I may love Thee more and more with every beat of my heart. Amen
16  Forums / Book Study / Re: The Five Books of Psalms on: November 19, 2020, 05:02:56 PM
Reflection on Psalm 8
How serene Thy countenance is O Lord! How pleasant Thy vintage which Thy hands have labored and pressed! For Thy Word is as wine, bringing gladness to the face of men!
Truly o Lord, our Lord, Thy name is wonderful in all the earth! Thy magnificence is elevated above heaven and earth and all things rightly give Thee praise!
For Thou alone know our beginning! Thou have sublime knowledge of the mystery of our formation in the womb! For it was Thou who gave us life by Thy All Holy Spirit and fashioned us and knit us together within our mother!
Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings Thou hast perfected praise!
Hosanna to the Son of David! Hosanna in the Highest! Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! We shall always bless Him in the house of the Lord! Hosanna to the Son of David!
Send Salvation, O Lord of Hosts, since Thou art an awesome and mighty God, Great and Holy, Perfect and Sublime, Good and True, and it is right and just that all things give Thee praise!
For who is like God?! Shouts the Archangel Michael, fair and true! Who is Almighty like the Lord?! The Lord alone is God, the Lord is God and He is One! There is no other! He is the first and the last! The beginning and the end!
He shall not give His glory to another! For the Lord alone is worthy of all glory! The Lord alone is worthy of all praise! The Lord alone is greater than all things! Therefore, all who oppose Him shall be slain by the breath of His mouth!
Fire shall devour those who oppose the Lord of Hosts! He shall come with judgement against the ungodly, the wicked, the lawless and the evildoer! They shall be consumed and the smoke of their torment shall rise up forever!
They who have overcome the enemy by the blood of the Lamb and by the Word of His testimony shall rejoice! Let us never fear the enemy! For God alone is to be feared! Do not fear the one who can kill the body!
Fear the one who can throw the body and soul into everlasting fire!
Let us not be as those who would not follow the Lord into eternal glory but let us love one another as He has loved us, forgiving each other our trespasses as He has forgiven us!
Let us pray for all people that they one day behold the glory of heaven!
Let us pray that all may recognize the work of His hands and serve the One True Living God, the Lord of Heaven and Earth!
For the moon and the stars do not give Him praise, but His angels and His saints do!
For the Lord has established the heavens to give Him glory! The Lord has fashioned the earth for the advantage of His elect and He fills it with His glory that all might recognize the Maker and Shaper of all things!
O that we would realize the goodness of the Lord! Then we would be as the angels who adore the Holy Lord eternally!
For it was the goodness of God and His divine plan of love that He should send His Word and Son into the world and make Him a little lower than the angels that we might not be afraid to approach Him who the angels adored in Bethlehem!
For though He was crowned with thorns by men, He has received the crown of glory and honor from God His Father!
God our Father has set His Son over all the works of His hands, that all things should be subjected under His feet.
For God has made all things, the sheep innocent and clean, the oxen strong and obedient, the cattle gentle and kind, the birds lofty and free, the fish both large and small, the whales majestic and mysterious, and all the creatures of the earth, from bee to elephant!
O Lord our Lord, how wonderful is Thy name in all the earth!
For Thou have brought us glad tidings, a Gospel of Great Joy to all the people!
Thy name is indeed admirable and I give Thee thanks all my days.
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