The Abundant Life

“See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil…” (Deut. 30:15).

As believers, we place great emphasis upon the blessing and gift of the abundant life that Jesus promised to us. However, we do not mention the two key points about that abundant life which must take place in order for that life to be lived successfully: 1) this abundant life does not just happen automatically because it must be taken, and 2) the life has to be lived out daily. What does this mean?

Tu Trinitatis Unitatis

Holy Godhead, One in Three,
Ruler of the earth and sea,
Hear us while we lift to Thee
Holy chant and psalm.

Light of lights, with morning shine
Lift on us Thy light divine,
And let charity benign
Breathe on us her balm.

Light of lights, when falls the even,
Let it close on sin forgiven;
Fold us in the peace of heaven,
Shed a holy calm. Amen.

A. Edmonds Tozer, ed., Catholic Church Hymnal With Music (New York: J. Fischer & Bro., 1905).

Their span goes forth through all the earth (Psalm 18)

R.) Their span goes forth through all the earth.

The heavens proclaim the glory of God and the firmament shows forth the work of his hands. Day unto day takes up the story and night unto night makes known the message. (R.)

No speech, no word, no voice is heard yet their span goes forth through all the earth, their words to the utmost bounds of the world. (R.)

About That Time Noah Got Drunk And Naked And Started Cursing People

The book of Genesis tells us that God saw the evil of humankind and decided to kill  everyone in a cataclysmic flood—everyone, that is, except Noah and his family. Then, after the flood, Noah gets off the boat, grows a wine vineyard, gets astoundingly drunk on his wine, and passes out naked in a tent. Finally, Noah wakes up, finds out that his son saw him naked, and curses his grandson. The end.

Haha, what?!?!

Outside the Camp

Jesus ushered in a new and living way for us to approach God when he suffered outside the city gate.

Cry out with joy to God all the earth (Psalm 65)

R.) Cry out with joy to God all the earth.

Cry out with joy to God all the earth, O sing to the glory of his name. O render him glorious praise. Say to God: “How tremendous your deeds!” (R.)

“Before you all the earth shall bow; shall sing to you, sing to your name.” Come and see the works of God,  tremendous his deeds among men. (R.)

He turned the sea into dry land, they passed through the river dry-shod. Let our joy then be in him; he rules for ever by his might. (R.)

Tuesday Inspiration

What Does It Mean To Be Peculair What does it mean to be peculiar? It is an interesting question, fo

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit (Psalm 30)

R.) Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

Be a rock of refuge for me, a mighty stronghold to save me, for you are my rock, my stronghold. For your name’s sake, lead me and guide me. (R.)

Into your hands I commend my spirit. It is you who will redeem me, Lord. As for me, I trust in the Lord: let me be glad and rejoice in your love. (R.)

Let your face shine on your servant. Save me in your love. You hide those who trust you in the shelter of your presence from the plotting of men. (R.)

Various Religions on Kindness

Kindness and a regard for others are at the very foundation of the spiritual practice and life of every major world religion. While some verses of the Quran can be taken out of context to give the appearance of calling for violence and cruel practices, some Bible verses can also be taken out of context and made to appear equally cruel and violent. Remember Deuteronomy tells us to stone (to death) women who are not virgins on their wedding day, which would mean almost all American women, including most sitting in pews.

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