The Psalms Part 28 16-02-18
On the Psalms 16 Feb 2018 - Part 28
Begin Psalm 40 (Tuesday at Sext) “While you keep your body whole, Shed forth Your peace upon the soul. Two thoughts form the hymn, set the tone of this hour. Psalm 40 is a prayer against temptation in illness. Psalm 41 (Tuesday at Sext) is a cry of longing for heaven, true home of the soul. Homesick for God. This song, a jewel of biblical poetry, was sung by the Jews of the captivity to express their intense longing for their homeland and their temple. Since the fall, earth has become a land of exile for us, and we look and long for our heavenly home. The sinner also suffers this nostalgia for true joy, his home and union with God. ” Roman Breviary. (Ps. 40) 1. That is to say, Blessed is he who reflects with care on Christ in his poverty, he will find him to have been poor from choice, not from necessity, and chose it to enrich us through the same poverty. Saint Robert Bellarmine. A Commentary on the Book of Psalms. (Ps. 41) 1. Love is a fiery affection, and, therefore, cannot be restrained, but breaks forth in words and sighs. To express his love somehow, David compares himself to a thirsty stag, saying, “As the hart panteth after the fountains of waters;” a most happy and expressive simile.” Saint Robert Bellarmine. A Commentary on the Book of Psalms (Illustrated) (p. 196).
The Psalms Part 29 23-02-18
On the Psalms 23 Feb 2018 - Part 29
Friday 23 February 2018: Complete Psalm 41 from v 7. Begin Psalm 42 “Ardent Desire for the House of God” Tuesday at Lauds. “Longing for the Temple” “Ps. 42, the third part of the wonderful elegy from the days of exile (Ps. 41, 42), leads the soul from the depths of the sinfulness to the mystical mount of Calvary.” Roman Breviary. 1 “David, severely pressed by Saul, or tempted by demons, and having no human succour to fall back upon, appeals to God as a judge: ‘Judge me, O God,’ for I have no one else to seek justice of but of you; ‘and distinguish my cause from the nation that is not holy’; and take cognizance of the charge brought against me by an unholy people.” St. Robert Bellarmine. A Commentary on the Book of Psalms, p. 201.
The Psalms Part 30 02-03-18
On the Psalms 02 March 2018 - Part 30
Psalm 43 Begin with Verse 1)“A prayer in Time of Affliction Past Mercies Inspire Present Courage” (Tuesday at None) “Time of Deepest Crisis” Roman Breviary. 1 “God’s people under persecution, and groaning in affliction, brings to his recollection the wonderful things God was wont to do for the defense of his faithful, and wonders how he now seems to have deserted them, thereby hoping to move him to mercy. “O God,” says the prophet, speaking in the person of the Church, or the martyrs of both Testaments, “we have heard with our ears,” he might have said “we have heard,” simply, but he adds, “with our ears,” to express the greater certainty. St. Robert Bellarmine. A Commentary on the Book of Psalms (Illustrated) (p. 202). Begin with Verse 10. Psalm 44: (Wednesday Matins) “The Marriage Song of the Redeemers” “The psalm is a prophetic wedding song for the mystic nuptials of Christ and the Church: Jesus is Bridegroom, the bride is the Church and the soul.” Roman Breviary. THE EXCELLENCE OF CHRIST’S KINGDOM AND THE ENDOWMENTS OF HIS CHURCH EXPLANATION OF THE PSALM. Verse 1 This verse forms a preface to the rest of the Psalm. In it the prophet tells us that the whole proceeded from the mere inspiration of the Holy Ghost, without any cooperation on his part. Saint Robert Bellarmine. A Commentary on the Book of Psalms (Illustrated) (p. 209).
The Psalms Part 31 09-03-18
On the Psalms 09 March 2018 - Part 31
Friday 9 March Begin with Psalm 44: (Wednesday Matins) “The Marriage Song of the Redeemers” “The psalm is a prophetic wedding song for the mystic nuptials of Christ and the Church: Jesus is Bridegroom, the bride is the Church and the soul.” Roman Breviary. THE EXCELLENCE OF CHRIST’S KINGDOM AND THE ENDOWMENTS OF HIS CHURCH EXPLANATION OF THE PSALM. Verse 1 This verse forms a preface to the rest of the Psalm. In it the prophet tells us that the whole proceeded from the mere inspiration of the Holy Ghost, without any cooperation on his part. Saint Robert Bellarmine. A Commentary on the Book of Psalms (Illustrated) (p. 209).
The Psalms Part 32 16-03-18
On the Psalms 16 March 2018 - Part 32
Complete Psalm 44 (from verse 11); Psalm 45 (Wednesday at Matins) “Confidence in God” “My Daily Psalm Book.” “A Mighty Fortress is our God!” “Under the image ‘of the city of God,’ Jerusalem, and the following two psalms picture the kingdom of God invincibly fortified and firmly entrenched in the Church and in the soul. ‘The gates of hell shall not prevail against it.’ (Mt. 16:18) The Church will never be vanquished by the devil—this our great consolation. The individual Christian, too, may be a rock, like Peter, upon which Christ can build His kingdom. To fill that role, he prays here for perseverance. Psalm 45 has an exceptionally fine poetical development.” Roman Breviary, Vol. I p 396-7 THE CHURCH, IN PERSECUTION, TRUSTETH IN THE PROTECTION OF GOD EXPLANATION OF THE PSALM 1 The soldiers of Christ overcome temptation as often by flight as by patience. When they must fly, God is their safest “refuge;” when they have to suffer; God is their “strength” and support; in both cases he is “their helper in troubles,” by affording a refuge when they fly, and enabling them to conquer when they stand.” Saint Robert Bellarmine. A Commentary on the Book of Psalms (Illustrated) (p. 219).
The Psalms Part 33 23-03-18
On the Psalms 23 March 2018 - Part 33
Friday 23 March Begin with Psalm 45 Verse 6. “He now expresses in plain language what he had hitherto expressed in figurative, namely, the ruin of the enemies of the Church, and the universal and lasting peace consequent thereon. He used the words earth and mountains before; he now speaks more clearly of nations and kingdoms. ‘Nations were troubled,’ because their dissolution was approaching, ‘and kingdoms were bowed down,’ tumbled from their glory, laid prostrate; ‘he uttered his voice’; God thundered from heaven, ‘and the earth trembled.’ This destruction of the kingdoms of the world was more clearly predicted by Daniel, chap. 2, where he says that the kingdom of Christ ‘shall consume all these kingdoms, and itself shall stand forever,’ which has been explained by the Apostle, 1 Cor 15, when he says, ‘Afterwards the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God and the Father, when he shall have abolished all principality, and authority, and power.’” Saint Robert Bellarmine. A Commentary on the Book of Psalms (Illustrated) (pp. 221-222).
The Psalms Part 34 06-04-18
On the Psalms 06 April 2018 - Part 34
Friday 6 April - Psalm 47 Wednesday at Matins: “The Church: the Strong City of God.” My Daily Psalm Book. “Kingdom unconquerable!... Jerusalem is besieged, but she is wonderously delivered . This is the figure of the Church and of individual souls in the truest and fullest sense.” Roman Breviary, p. 398 “GOD IS GREATLY TO BE PRAISED FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF HIS CHURCH EXPLANATION OF THE PSALM 1 The prophet, being about to praise a certain edifice, commences by praising the architect, and says that in the holy city the wonderful skill and wisdom of God, who built it, is truly displayed.” Saint Robert Bellarmine. A Commentary on the Book of Psalms (Illustrated) (p. 226).
The Psalms Part 35 13-04-18
On the Psalms 13 April 2018 - Part 35
Friday 13 April Psalm 48 Wednesday at Matins: “A Lesson for Those Who Envy the Prosperity of the Wicked.” My Daily Psalm Book. “The End of All...This is a didactic poem; in the spirit of the Old Testament it attempts to solve the riddle of the prosperity of the godless. The chief theme is the nothingness of riches; many cannot use them to lengthen his life, and when he dies he has not to leave them behind. “We Christians, fortunately, have a much more satisfying answer to this riddle. As we pray this psalm, we should be more and more conscious of the nothingness of riches. Avarice is form of idolatry--- we will notserve the wicked mammon. ‘how hard it is for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven’ (Mt. 19:23) The parable of Dives and Lazarus might serve as an illustration of this psalm” Roman Breviary, Vol II, p 399. “THE FOLLY OF WORLDLINGS WHO LIVE ON IN SIN, WITHOUT THINKING OF DEATH OR HELL EXPLANATION OF THE PSALM 1– 2 This preface to the Psalm is written with a view to arrest the attention of the reader, by informing him that the matter to be treated of concerns all mankind, both present and future. The whole human race is, therefore, summoned to hear it; and as no known place could contain such a multitude, nor could the voice of any speaker reach them, we must only take it for granted that the prophet foresaw that his Psalms would be spread over the world, and to the end of time; and, therefore, that he was warranted in summoning all nations and people to hear him.” Saint Robert Bellarmine. A Commentary on the Book of Psalms, p. 230.
The Psalms Part 36 20-04-18
On the Psalms 20 April 2018 - Part 36
Friday 20 April 2018 Psalm 49 Wednesday at Matins: “True Piety” My Daily Psalm Book. “False Piety...This highly poetic psalm uses the form of a divine sermon to teach us that the essence of true piety does not consist in external works, but in interior dedication. It censures a spirit of two-face Pharisaism: external works without interior disposition and pious works without good works . It was especially in His Sermon on the Mount that our Lord so explicitly condemned this false piety. Even today, the Pharisees among us have not all died away.” Roman Breviary, Vol. II, p. 402 THE COMING OF CHRIST: WHO PREFERS VIRTUE AND INWARD PURITY BEFORE THE BLOOD VICTIMS EXPLANATION OF THE PSALM 1 Beginning with the first coming of the Messiah, he says that God, who was wont to speak through the prophets, speaks now himself, and addresses not only the Jews, but the ‘whole earth,’ meaning its inhabitants, as he really did through his Apostles; for ‘Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth.’” Saint Robert Bellarmine. A Commentary on the Book of Psalms (Illustrated) (p. 236).
The Psalms Part 37 27-04-18
On the Psalms 27 April 2018 - Part 37
Friday 27 April 2018 Psalm 50 Wednesday at Matins: “Act of Contrition” My Daily Psalm Book “Mercy Lord!... Having contemplated the four pictures painted by previous psalms and in spirit having gone along the way of life and the way of death, we find reason to strike our breast and pray the great penitential hymn of the Church. David composed and prayed this psalm his terrible twofold sin (adultery and murder).” Roman Breviary, Vol. II, p. 404 “THE REPENTANCE AND CONFESSION OF DAVID AFTER HIS SIN. THE FOURTH PENITENTIAL PSALM EXPLANATION OF THE PSALM 1 The prophet begins with a prayer, asking forgiveness of his sins assigns his first reason for asking forgiveness, thinks he can move God to forgive; and afterwards assigns other reasons.” Saint Robert Bellarmine. A Commentary on the Book of Psalms (p. 242). Aeterna Press. Kindle Edition.
The Psalms Part 38 04-05-18
On the Psalms 04 May 2018 - Part 38
Friday 4 May 2018 Psalm 50 Verse 12 (Continuation from 27 April 2018). Psalm 51 Wednesday at Prime: “The Evil of Calumny” My Daily Psalm Book. “The harden sinner...With a frightening picture of the sinner and his final end, eternal ruin, the Church strengthens us in our battle against sin.” Roman Breviary, Vol. II, p. 427. PSALM 51 “DAVID CONDEMNS THE WICKEDNESS OF DOEG, AND FORETELLS HIS DESTRUCTION EXPLANATION OF THE PSALM 1 Cicero, in his oration against Catiline, thus commences, ‘How long, Catiline, will you trifle with our patience?’ and in the same style David commences with a similar interrogation, for the purpose of sharpening his rebuke. ‘Why dost thou glory in malice, thou that art mighty in iniquity?’” Saint Robert Bellarmine. A Commentary on the Book of Psalms (Illustrated) (p. 250).
The Psalms Part 39 01-06-18
On the Psalms 31 May 2018 - Part 39
Friday 31 May 2018 Complete Ps. 52 and Ps. 53. Psalm 53 Wednesday at Tierce: “A Cry for Help in the Time of Need,” “My Daily Psalm Book” “In the stress of today’s temptations, when the forces of the evil one attack your soul, pray this psalm with deepest confidence.” The Roman Breviary,” Vol II, p. 435 “A PRAYER FOR HELP IN DISTRESS EXPLANATION OF THE PSALM 1 In defect of all human help, he prays to God for his help. ‘Save me, O God, by thy name,’ in thy power, to which all things succumb; and he afterwards adds, ‘in thy strength,’ expressing the same in different language. ‘Judge me’; that is, be my judge, defend me as I deserve, and avenge me of my enemy, for David had then none to appeal to but God alone to protect him from the king. This should serve as an example to us, never to despair of God’s help, even though death should appear to be at our doors, for God is everywhere, has everything in his power, and never despises his clients when they may have recourse to him.” Saint Robert Bellarmine. A Commentary on the Book of Psalms (Illustrated) (p. 253). Aeternae Press. Kindle Edition.
The Psalms Part 40 08-06-18
On the Psalms 08 June 2018 - Part 40
Friday 8 May 2018 Ps. 54 Wednesday at Tierce: “A prayer to overcome the fear of death.” “My Daily Psalm Book. The Roman Breviary,” Vol. II p. 435: “This psalm is a difficult one for the Christian to understand. The greatest way to grasp it is to pray it in the name of the Church: the enemy is the devil and his tools the sinners. In the curse formulas we do not mean to wish eternal punishment upon the sinner, only to bring God’s justice to light.” Commentary of St. Robert Bellarmine: Verse 1. David begins with a preface to arrest the benevolence of the Judge, and asks for a kind and patient hearing, saying, “Hear, O God, my prayer;” and for fear the prayer, or the person offering it, may not be agreeable, he recommends both, and first the prayer, saying, “And despise not my supplication;” that is, my humble and suppliant prayer, for such is the force of the word in Hebrew.” P.255 Saint Robert Bellarmine. “A Commentary on the Book of Psalms”.
The Psalms Part 41 15-06-18
On the Psalms 15 June 2018 - Part 41
Friday 15 June 2018: Psalm 4: From Compline for Sunday: “THE PROPHET TEACHES US TO FLY TO GOD IN TRIBULATION, WITH CONFIDENCE IN HIM EXPLANATION OF THE PSALM.” “1. David, in the person of the Church, or any faithful soul advising sinners to follow its example, exhorts them to be converted, to put their confidence in God, to abandon evil, and do good, giving himself as an example— for when he was in trouble, he invoked the Almighty, and was heard. ‘The God of my justice heard me,’ that is to say, the God from whom all my justice proceeds, whose grace makes me just. He then tells how he was heard, ‘When I was in distress thou hast enlarged me.’ God sometimes hears us by removing the tribulation; sometimes by giving patience to bear it, which is a greater favour; sometimes by not only giving the patience to bear it, but even to be glad of it, which is the greatest favour of all, and it is that of which the prophet speaks here.”
On the Psalms 22 June 2018 - Part 42
Friday 22 June 2018: Psalm 5: From Lauds on Monday: In three ways one is not heard by another; either because the words are not heard; or because the words are not understood; or because the person to whom they are addressed is otherwise engaged. God sees everything, understands everything, and looks after everything; but he is said, sometimes, to see not, to understand not, to abandon everything, because he so despises the intercessor; as if he did not see, understand, or care about his prayers. Therefore, the holy prophet, when about to pray, commences by asking that God. Now God despises the suppliant as if he did not see him or hear him, when the one who puts up the prayer, puts it up in so distracted a way that he does not actually feel what he is saying, or prays so coldly that his prayer cannot possibly ascend. In such cases God holds himself as if he did not know what was wanted, when the petitioner himself did not seem to know, in his asking for things of no possible use to him, however urgent and ardent he may have been in asking for them. Then finally, God is like one paying no attention to the suppliant, when the suppliant is unworthy of being heard, by reason of his want of humility, confidence, or other requisites; or by reason of the sinful state in which he is still, and his having no idea of penance. The Friday 22 June 2018, Psalm 6: From Compline for Monday: “A Plea for Mercy in Time of Distress.” ‘The third argument, drawn from God’s mercy; ‘Turn to me;’ that is, look on me; for God’s look is the source of all our good. ‘Turn thy face, and we will be saved:’ and in another, Psalm 29, he says, ‘You turned away your face, and I became confused;’ and when the ‘Lord looked on Peter, he began to weep bitterly;’ and St. James, chap. 1, calls ‘God the Father of lights;’ for as the sun by its light enlightens, warms, and enlivens our bodies, so God, looking upon us with an eye of affection, illuminates, inflames, and warms our souls. “And deliver my soul;” rescue it from the pit into which it has fallen; from the noose of the hunter, in which it is held bound and captive; deliver it from the hands of its enemies, into which sin has consigned it. ‘Save me;’ that is, deliver me from the imminent damnation of hell; for, properly speaking, to save one, means to save them from the imminent danger of death.
 

 

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