If the sacrament of the
Lord’s passion is to work its effect in us, we must imitate what we
receive and proclaim to mankind what we revere. The cry of the Lord
finds a hiding place in us if our lips fail to speak of this, though
our hearts believe in it. So that his cry may not lie concealed in us
it remains for us all, each in his own measure, to make known to those
around us the mystery of our new life in Christ. Pope
St Gregory the Great
Message from the
to our third Newsletter for 2017. We are more than half way through
Lent. The amazing feasts of St Patrick, St Joseph and the
Annunciation have brightened this time of prayer, penance, sacrifice
and almsgiving. These feasts give us much hope as we look forward to
beautiful feast of the Resurrection of Christ Jesus on Easter
Sunday. A week later is Divine Mercy Sunday. We encourage
everyone to make the Nine Day Divine Mercy Novena starting on Good
Friday and finishing on the eve of the Feast of Divine Mercy.
Eastertide is beautiful and joyous, a time of hope for the world.
Pope St John Paul II had great devotion to the message of Divine
Mercy entrusted to St Faustina. At her Canonisation of 30th
April 2000, he declared that, from the following year, the Sunday
after Easter Sunday would be the Feast of Divine Mercy.
Please continue to pray for all Australians as the tenacity of those
opposed to the welfare of our country is an ever present threat.
Jesus spoke to St Faustina and asked her to spread the message of His
Great Mercy. Along with the rosary, the most incredible weapon in
this struggle, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy gives us another wonderful
source of grace and great hope. Despite the amazing joy and hope we
must be wise to the unrelenting attacks of Satan. We urge everyone to
stay vigilant and informed. If you have not already read the
following books we have acquired new supplies of Gabriele Kuby’s
book, ‘The Global Sexual Revolution’, and David van Gend’s book,
‘Stealing from a Child’. Bill Muehlenberg’s books, ‘Strained
Relations’ and ‘Dangerous Relations’ are now available. Only through
thorough research, can we fully appreciate the seriousness of the
subtle manipulation being thrust upon us. Absolute Relativism by
Chris Stefanic $6.00 and Therese of Lisieux’s favourite book, The End
of the Present World & The Mysteries of the Future Life by Fr
Charles Arminjon $34.95, which have extremely important messages,
pertinent to every age, are also back in stock.
The 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima is fast
approaching. Jacinta, Lucia and Francisco, after hearing Our Lady’s
message, told us that if people obeyed her requests, the world would
have peace, sinners would be converted and countless souls would be
saved from the fires of Hell. Many people will have heard of Gloria
Polo. During her recent visit, she urged people to pray hard and
amend their lives because the fires of hell are real. The three
children of Fatima were so horrified by their vision of hell that
only God’s graces kept them alive. But when Gloria was struck by
lightning in 1995 and died, Satan and his devils tried to take her
there. Only Our Blessed Mother and the prayers of holy men and women
saved her from the horrors awaiting her. She now travels the world
giving testimony of her miraculous recovery and urging the conversion
God has entrusted adults with the special mission of passing on the
Holy Catholic Faith, in its entirety to our children, and with this
in mind, our large selection of Spiritual Reading, CDs and Lent and
Easter colouring and activity books for the young will help them be
focused on the true meaning of Lent and Easter.
Fr Tierney’s most recent publications in his Handouts
series appear in the second half of this newsletter. You
are encouraged to take the time to read them. Satan is especially
active in Lent. Father’s critical thinking and wisdom are evident in
the way he analyses and presents a logical explanation and apologetics
on a myriad of topical issues. Reading his handouts not only keeps us
informed of the true teachings of Holy Mother Church, but they bring
us closer to Christ Jesus.
A very sincere thank you is offered to all our readers who help us
through prayer and financial sacrifice. May God continue to grant you
a Blessed Lent and give you the graces of a holy Easter.
Bringing Lent Home with Mother Teresa by Donna-Marie Cooper
O’Boyle $7.50 Bringing Lent Home with St Therese of Lisieux by Donna- Marie
Cooper O’Boyle $7.50 Bringing Lent Home with St John Paul II by Donna- Marie Cooper
O’Boyle $7.50 Stations of the Cross CD by Holy Heroes $14.95
(Corresponding Activity Book $6.95) St Paul Holy Week Missal at the very special
price of $5.00 In Conversation with God Vol 2 (Lent, Holy Week, Eastertide)
by Fr Francis Fernandez $37.50
16th April we celebrate the glorious feast of the Resurrection
and Sunday 23rd April is Divine Mercy Sunday. All orders over
$60 will receive a free 3 o’clock Divine Mercy Fridge Magnet.
Easter Homilies of Benedict XVI $7.00 Easter at Ephesus CD by Benedictines of Mary
(Glorious, Uplifting Music for Easter) $24.95 The Saving Power of Divine Mercy CD by Fr Jason Brooks 7 Secrets of Divine Mercy CD by Vinny Flynn The Necessity of Divine Mercy CD by Fr Chris Alar The True Meaning of Easter CD by Fulton Sheen CD.
These CDs are $5.00 each. 7 Secrets of Divine Mercy by Vinny Flynn
$22.00 Divine Mercy Prayer Book by Marian Fathers
$4.00 The Divine Mercy and St Faustina by Fr Witco
$7.00ea. Divine Mercy Novena and Prayers (Hirten) $4.00
March was the feast of St Joseph, Foster Father of Our Lord and spouse of
the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The Holy Cloak in Honour of St Joseph (Traditional
Novena favoured by St Therese) $6.00 Favourite Prayers to St Joseph (Tan) $4.50 The Divine Favours Granted to St Joseph by Pere Binet
$12.50 St Joseph the Patron of the Universal Church CD
by Dr Mark Miravalle $5.00
centenary of the first apparition at Fatima occurs on 13th May. Fr Andrew
Apostoli is an expert on Fatima and this set of DVDs provides a
comprehensive overview of Fatima and what is means for the world today.
It is recommended highly.
Fatima: Heaven’s Peace Plan DVD $35.95 (4 DVD
set filmed on location by EWTN with Fr Apostoli). Recent DVD
Struck by Lightning by Gloria Polo on special for $19.50 Struck by Lightning CD by Gloria Polo on special $9.50
On May 5th, 1995 something extraordinary happened to Dr Gloria Polo
Ortiz, a dentist from Bogota Columbia. She was taking shelter from a
storm with her nephew, when both of them were struck by lightning. Her
nephew died but what happened to Gloria afterwards was a miracle which
led to her conversion and a life of abandonment to the will of God. She
now tells her story in many different countries around the world, and has
the approval of her diocese in Bogota, Columbia, and her spiritual
director. So many people deny the existence of the hell, devils and Satan
but Gloria tells us that hell exists, the devil and his army are real and
to the horrors that await those who reject Christ and die in mortal sin.
Her testimony is an inspiration for all of us, and will increase our
faith in Christ Jesus and His Holy Catholic Church.
A CHAP bespoke me on my way into the foyer of the
Royal North Shore Hospital. “Are you the Anglican chaplain?”
I was wearing my black clerical suit with the usual white
Roman collar which showed I was in “the God-squad” and said I was the
At that, in an awestruck tone, he asked, “Have you come to
give the Last Rites?” His tone matched the prospect of the Great
Passover from this world.
I smiled. “Not this time. We priests are in the spiritual
import-export business. And between import and export, we do a lot of
value-added improvement, you know, between our imports in Baptism and
our exports in the Last Rites.”
I went on, “We’re in the improvement industry. You know,
Sermons and all that, and Confession for the forgiveness of sins. It’s
in John 20:23. But the hardest part of being a priest is improving
myself.” His final comment was, “Sounds a pretty tough sort of
religion, but rather noble,” and went off satisfied. Such is a
providential encounter God gives priests.
God and Caesar
SOME THERE ARE who doubt if a
catholic layman could ever be trusted with high rank in a democratic
Would he force his religion on the unwilling? Yet our aim
is not a secret. It is open for all to know. Our aim is that Jesus
Christ rule in all hearts. We don’t force our religion on anyone. We
can’t accept conscripts. We can only invite people to join us freely.
Freewill and its responsibility to conscience are our basics.
Like all good politicians, a Catholic in parliament works
for harmony in society. It’s a plus for everyone if a politician
believes in God, and thereby must respect the basic human rights which
are not conferred by governments.
Acquired Rights conferred by governments are flimsy. They
can be changed or withdrawn by those who conferred them, leaving us
defenceless. “The Prime Minister gave and the Prime Minister taketh
away, as it pleased the Prime Minister so is it done,” quipped Sir
Humphrey Appleby in Yes, Minister.
We must insist that not even in a democracy can a
government do anything it likes. It cannot take away our God-given
rights and duties, which God built into us moral creatures — even with
a mandate from voters, though governments sometimes try to do this. The
fact is, we are accountable to God for upholding our religion,
conscience and freedom, and supreme values like life, marriage,
property and truth, which forbid murder, adultery, theft and lies. Nor
can any government change biological facts, or change unhealthy acts
into healthy ones, or wrong into right.
EDUCATION in state schools is far less moral than it
was before the 1960s.
More and more of our bureaucrats, lawyers, judges,
politicians and their legislation, are atheist. More and more we find
closet Freudian-Marxists, “coming out”, who strive to abolish God,
marriage and family by Stopping free speech (cf. Handouts nn. 133,
Most lack moral discernment and moral will power, i.e. the
strength to resist organized pressure from highly organized pressure
groups of homosexuals, their kindred unisex promoters in the Safe
Schools Coalition and euthanasia and eugenic groups.
An old childhood Sunday School hymn
prompted us to “light one small candle rattier than curse the darkness”:-
JESUS BIDS US shine with a clear, pure light,
Like a little candle burning in
In this world of darkness, we must
You in your small corner, and I in
2.Jesus bids us shine, first of all for Him;
Well He sees and knows it if our light
He looks down from heaven, sees us
You in your small corner, and I in
3.Jesus bids us shine, then, for all around
Many kinds of darkness in this
Sin, and want, and sorrow — we
You in your small comer, and I in
4.Jesus bids us shine, as we work for Him,
Bringing those that wander from
the paths of sin;
He will ever help us, if we shine,
You in your small comer, and I in
Edwin Excell, 1884
Forty Years in the Desert
THE DESERT which the Chosen People traversed from
Egypt to the Holy Land was not all sand and a rare oasis like the
Rather, it was sparsely populated, and not entirely
without vegetation and water, perhaps something like outback Australia.
The tribes living were pagan
idolaters and so doubly enemies to the Chosen People passing through.
Deuteronomy 29 mentions conscience. See The Liturgy of
the Hours volume I, page 449:-
If, after hearing these sanctions,
such a man should bless himself in his heart and say, “I may follow the
dictates of my own heart and still lack nothing; much water drives away
thirst,” the Law will not pardon him. The wrath and jealousy of the
Lord will blaze against such a man; every curse within this book will
fall on him.
The desert which we Catholics are traversing today in this
second decade of the 21st
century is a situation not unlike that of the first Chosen People, with
oppressors within and without.
THE administration that runs schools is enormous.
Yet the benefit to pupils is not commensurate with size of
the bureaucracy — indeed, it may be inversely proportional. “Small is
Compulsion is the watchword of bureaucracy. Government legislation
set up State Schools “free, compulsory and secular”. The
law allows others such as churches to run fee-paying schools,
which are permitted be more or less religious, with
the rest of the curriculum set by the State.
Federal Government and State Governments have Departments
of Education. The Catholic Church has diocesan Catholic Education
Offices, dozens of them.
Some bureaucrats are educational experts.
Indeed, some of these have actually been teachers. Others are escapees
from the stress of face-to-face teaching.
Bureaucrats, especially educational, revel in rules,
compulsion, surveillance, paper qualifications, reports and inspections.
But such attitudes and procedures are poor educational
psychology. And they make effective teaching all the more
It is far better to recommend “guidelines” than
to mandate with an iron fist in a velvet glove.
Guidelines can profit pupils, teachers and home schooling parents. Thus
educational authorities could:-
·recommend good ideas,
·publicize successful ventures,
·be available to help when asked for it, and
·practise subsidiarity: intervene only as a last resort.
Pope Benedict told an audience of
university students that God based creation on mathematics. Hurrah for
Illegal Liturgical Prohibitions
SOME PRIESTS try to abolish genuflections made
by the laity receiving Holy Communion.
Further, some have hidden the Blessed Sacrament from the
congregation arriving for, or departing from, Mass, and thereby
eliminated all genuflecting.
Kneeling for Holy Communion is an authorized alternative
to bowing, an exception to the present rule. Kneeling for Communion
never required bowing or genuflecting. In countries like Australia
where the bishops’ conference has mandated a profound bow, all
communicants still have a right to kneel
...individual members of the
faithful may choose to receive Communion while kneeling.
General Instruction of Roman Missal
n. 160, Australian version 2011
Interestingly, their mandate seems
to negate GIRM nn. 274, 275 on when to genuflect and when to bow.
See also Redemptio Sacramentum
n. 91 (and its n. 93 which says the Communion plate should be
For practical apologetics in a parish it is worth noting
that there are a number of other customs from the piety of the past now
authorized once more.
THE ROYAL SOCIETY for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has a noble ideal seemingly
extending to every single individual animal... But surely excepting
mosquitoes and such like?
Then there are evolutionists who rate man as just another
animal, without any privilege of “species preference”. Their extremists
even group man with rats and mice, vermin on the earth.
Yet in Australia, babies are routinely put to death with
great cruelty at the whim of others. The RSPCA does not protest this
particular cruelty to “animals”.
“Greenies” are a misnomer for the secular humanist
political group in our society. They are the old “parlour
pinks” of the 1930s, Lenin’s “useful idiots”, soft communists who, in
fervent ‘denial’, refused to believe that Joseph Stalin was savaging
his own people, and that Russia was not a paradise of earth, especially
for the poor.
Today’s Greenies became popular by saving some natural
beauty and environment from government- alleged necessities, or from
the greed of the rich.
Once they were accepted, they promoted their lethal
solutions to social problems: abortion and infanticide, suicide even
for children, euthanasia, at first voluntary, then compulsory.
They say “Save the baby whales” — not the babies.
Incidentally, they do not aim to save every single member of a
threatened species, whereas we, who are true Godly humanists, recognize
that each man is made in the image of God, endowed with dignity, duty
and destiny, so that each and every single human being transcends any
animal or its entire species.
The Law of God is the Will of God Download as a PDF
IN PSALMS and the Old Testament, the “Law” of God
means much more than the Ten Commandments and those rites for worship
and conduct in Leviticus which were abrogated by the New Testament. The
Law is The Torah, the first five books of the Bible,
the Pentateuch”, that is, the historical books: Genesis, Exodus,
Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.
THE WILL OF GOD
In Psalm 119 [118 in the Vulgate], “Law” and its various synonyms are to be understood in the
widest sense of revealed teaching as handed on by the prophets. This
psalm was one of the most remarkable monuments of the Israelitic
devotion to Divine Revelation, to the Will of God and His plan.
The 176 verses of Psalm 119 were a little easier to
memorize with a new letter of the 22 in the Hebrew alphabet to start
each of the 22 groups, each of 8 verses: Aleph, Beth, Ghimel, Daleth...
ABGD... (note: G, not C). In his Bible translation (not used here),
Msgr Ronald Knox used our ABCD... for the 22 sets of 8 verses each,
neatly omitting QXYZ.
Each verse except for v. 122 has one of the words used in
the Torah. In our Liturgy of the Hours, the Grail
Version has law, will, ways, precept, rulings, commands,
In the Jerusalem Bible, these are: decree, precept,
statute, commandment, promise, word, judgement, way.
ALL THESE WORDS remind us of the Will of God for us in
Christ’s new and everlasting Covenant in His Church.
In the Vulgate Lathi, verses 1-8 are:
1 alleluia ALEPH
beati inmaculati in via qui ambulant in lege Domini
2 beati qui scrutantur testinionia
eius in toto corde exquirent eum
J non enim qui operantur iniquitatem
in viis eius ambulaverunt
4 tu mandasti mandata tua
5 utinam dixigantur viae meae ad
custothendas iustificationes tuas
6 tunc non confundar cum perspexero
in omnibus mandatis tuis
7 confitebor tibi in directione
cordis in eo quod didici iudicia iustitiae tuae
8 iustificationes tuas custodiam non me derelinquas
The RSV has: law,
testimonis, precepts, statutes, commandments, ordinances, statutes,
in each group of 8 verses:
1.ALEPH: Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the
law of the Lord
2.Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him
with their whole heart,
3.who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways!
4.Thou hast commanded thy precepts to be kept diligently.
5.O that my ways may be steadfast in keeping thy statutes!
6.Then I shall not be put to shame, having my eyes fixed on
all thy commandments.
7.I will praise thee with an upright heart, when I learn thy
8.I will observe thy statutes; O forsake me not utterly!
9.BETH: How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it
according to thy word.
10.With my whole heart I seek thee; let me not wander from thy
11.I have laid up thy word in my heart, that I might not sin
12.Blessed be thou, O Lord;
teach me thy statutes!
13.With my lips I declare all the ordinances of thy mouth.
14.In the way of thy testimonies I delight as much as in all
151 will meditate on thy precepts,
and fix my eyes on thy ways.
16 I will delight in thy statutes; I
will not forget thy word.
17 GHIMEL: Deal bountifully with thy
servant, that I may live and observe thy word.18 Open my eyes, that I may behold
wondrous things out of thy law. I am a sojourner on earth; hide not thy
commandments from me!20
My soul is consumed with longing for thy ordinances at all times.21 Thou dost rebuke the insolent,
accursed ones, who wander from thy commandments; 22 take away from me their scorn and
contempt, for I have kept thy testimonies. 23 Even though princes sit plotting
against me, thy servant will meditate on thy statutes. 24 Thy testimonies are my delight,
they are my counselors.
25 DALETH: My soul cleaves to the dust;
revive me according to thy word! 26 When I told of my ways, thou didst answer me; teach me
thy statutes! Make me understand the way of thy precepts, and I will
meditate on thy wondrous works. 28 My soul melts away for sorrow; strengthen me according to
thy word! 29 Put false ways far from me; and
graciously teach me thy law! 30
I have chosen the way of faithfulness, I set thy ordinances before me.31 I cleave to thy testimonies, O Lord; let me not be put to shame! 32 I will run in the way of thy
commandments when thou enlargest my understanding!
33 Teach me, O lord, the way of thy statutes; and I will
keep it to the end.34 Give me understanding^ that I may
keep thy law and observe it with my whole heart. 5 Lead me in the padi of thy
commandments, for I delight in it. 36 Incline my heart to thy testimonies, and not to gam!37 Turn my eyes from looking at
vanities; and give me life in thy ways.38 Confirm to thy servant thy
promise, which is for diose who fear thee. 3 Turn away the reproach which I
dread; for thy ordinances are good.40 Behold, I long for thy precepts; in thy righteousness
give me life!
41 Let thy steadfast love come to me, O Lord, thy salvation
according to thy promise; 42 then shall I have an answer for those who
taunt me, for I trust in thy word.43 And take not the word of truth
utterly out of my mouth, for my hope is in thy ordinances.44 I will keep
thy law continually, for ever and ever" 45 and I shall walk at
liberty, for I have sought thy precepts.4 I will also speak of thy testimonies
before kings, and shall not be put to shame;47 for I hid my delight in
thy commandments, which I love.481 revere thy commandments, which I
love, and I will meditate on thy statutes.
49 Remember thy word to thy servant, in which thou hast
made me hope.50 This is my comfort in my
affliction that thy promise gives me life.51 Godless men utterly deride me, but
I do not turn away from thy law.52 When I think of thy ordinances from of old, I take
comfort, O Lord. Hot
indignation seizes me because of the wicked, who forsake thy law.54 Thy statutes have been my songs in
the house of my pilgrimage. 5 I
remember thy name in the night, O Lord,
and keep thy law.56
has fallen to me, that I have kept thy precepts.
57 The Lord
is my portion; I promise to keep thy words. 58 I entreat thy favor with all my
heart; be gracious to me according to thy promise.59 When I think of thy ways, I turn
my feet to thy testimonies;601
hasten and do not delay to keep thy commandments.61 Though the cords of the wicked
ensnare me, I do not forget thy law.62 At midnight I rise to praise thee, because of thy
am a companion of all who fear thee, of those who keep thy precepts.64 The earth, O Lord, is full of thy steadfast
love; teach me thy statutes!
65 Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O Lord, according to thy word. 66 Teach me good judgment and
knowledge, for I believe in thy commandments.67 Before I was afflicted I went
astray; but now I keep thy word. 68 Thou art good and doest good; teach me thy statutes. 69 The godless besmear me with lies,
but with my whole heart I keep thy precepts;70 their heart is gross like fat, but
I delight in thy law.
It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn
thy statutes.72 The law of thy mouth is better to
me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.
73 Thy hands have made and fashioned me; give me
understanding that I may learn thy commandments. 4 Those who fear thee shall see me
and rejoice, because I have hoped in thy word.75Iknow, O Lord, that thy judgments are right, and
that in faithfulness thou hast afflicted me. 76 Let thy steadfast love be ready to
comfort me according to thy promise to thy servant.77 Let thy mercy come to me, that I
may live; for thy law is my delight. 78Let the godless be put to shame,
because they have subverted me with guile; as for me, I will meditate
on thy precepts.79 Let those who fear thee turn to
me, that they may know thy testimonies.80 May my heart be blameless in thy
statutes, that I may not be put to shame!
81 My soul languishes for thy salvation; I hope in thy
word. 82 My eyes fail with watching for thy
promise; I ask, ’’When wilt thou comfort me?”83 For I have become like a wineskin
in the smoke, yet I have not forgotten thy statutes. 84 How long must thy servant endure?
When wilt thou judge those who persecute me? 85 Godless men have dug pitfalls for
me, men who do not conform to thy law.86 All thy commandments are sure;
they persecute me with falsehood; help me! 87 They have almost made an end of me
on earth; but I have not forsaken thy precepts.88 In thy steadfast love spare my
life, that I may keep tire testimonies of thy mouth.
89 For ever, O Lord, thy word is firmly fixed in the
heavens. 90 Thy faithfulness endures to all
generations; thou hast established the earth, and it stands fast. 91 By thy appointment they stand this
day; for all tilings are thy servants. 9' If thy law had not been my
delight, I should have perished in my affliction.93 I will never forget thy precepts;
for by them thou hast given me life.94I am thine, save me; for I have sought thy precepts. 5 The wicked lie in wait to destroy
me; but I consider thy testimonies.96I have seen a limit to all perfection, but thy commandment
is exceedingly broad.
97 Oh, how I love thy law! It is my meditation all the
day. 98 Thy commandment makes me wiser
than my enemies, for it is ever with me. 99 I have more understanding than all
my teachers, for thy testimonies are my meditation. 001 understand more than the aged,
for I keep thy precepts.101I
hold back my feet from every evil way, in order to keep thy word. “I do
not turn aside from thy ordinances, for thou hast taught me.103 How sweet are thy words to my
taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! 104 Through thy precepts I get
understanding; therefore I hate every false way.
105 Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. 106 I have sworn an oath and confirmed
it, to observe thy righteous ordinances. 1071 am sorely afflicted; give me
life, O LORD, according to thy word!108 Accept my offerings of praise,
O Lord, and teach me thy ordinances. 1091 hold my life in my hand
continually, but I do not forget thy law. 110 The wicked have laid a snare for
me, but I do not stray from thy precepts. 111 Thy testimonies are my heritage
for ever; yea, they are the joy of my heart. 1121 incline my heart to perform thy
statutes for ever, to the end.
113 1 hate double-minded men, but I love thy law.114 Thou art my hiding place and my
shield; I hope in thy word.115
Depart from me, you evildoers, that I may keep the commandments of my
God. 116 Uphold me according to thy
promise, that I may live, and let me not be put to shame in my hope! 117 Hold me up, that I may be safe and
have regard for thy statutes continually! 118 Thou dost spurn all who go astray
from thy statutes; yea, their cunning is in vain.119 All the wicked of the earth thou
dost count as dross; therefore I love thy testimonies.120 My flesh trembles for fear of
thee, and I am afraid of thy judgments.
121 I have done what is just and right; do not leave me to
my oppressors. 122 Be surety for thy servant for
good; let not the godless oppress me. 123 My eyes fail with watching for thy
salvation, and for the fulfilment of thy righteous promise.
124 Deal with thy servant according to
thy steadfast love, and teach me thy statutes. 125 I am thy servant; give me
understanding, that I may know thy testimonies! 126 It is tune for the Lord to act, for thy law has been
broken. 127 Therefore I love thy commandments
above gold, above fine gold. 128
Therefore I direct my steps by all thy precepts; I hate every false
129 Thy testimonies are wonderful; therefore my soul keeps
them. 130 The unfolding of thy words gives
light; it imparts understanding to the simple. 131 With open mouth I pant, because I
long for thy commandments.132
Turn to me and be gracious to me, as is thy wont toward diose who love
thy name. 133 Keep steady my steps accordin^to
thy promise, and let no iniquity get dominion over me. Redeem me from
man’s oppression, that I may keep thy precepts. 135 Make thy face shine upon thy
servant, and teach me thy statutes. 136 My eyes shed streams of tears, because men do not keep
137 Righteous art thou, O Lord,
and right are thy judgments. Thou hast appointed thy testimonies in
righteousness and in all faithfulness.139 My zeal consumes me, because my
foes forget thy words. Thy promise is well tried, and thy servant loves
it. 141 I am small and despised, yet I do
not forget thy precepts. 142
Thy righteousness is righteous for ever, and thy law is true. 143 Trouble and anguish have come upon
me, but thy commandments are my delight. 144 Thy testimonies are righteous for
ever; give me understanding that I may live.
145 With my whole heart I cry; answer me, O Lord! I will keep thy statutes. 146I cry to thee; save me, that I may
observe thy testimonies. 1471
rise before dawn and cry for help; I hope in thy words.148 My eyes are awake before the
watches of the night, that I may meditate upon thy promise.149 Hear my voice in thy steadfast
love; O Lord, in thy justice preserve my life. 150 They draw near who persecute me
with evil purpose; they are far from thy law. 151 But thou art near, O Lord, and all thy commandments are true. 152 Long have I known from thy
testimonies that thou hast founded them for ever.
153 Look on my affliction and deliver me, for I do not
forget thy law. 154 Plead my cause and redeem me; give
me life accordhig to thy promise! 155 Salvation is far from the wicked, for they do not seek
thy statutes.156 Great is thy mercy, O Lord ; give me life according to thy
justice. Many are my persecutors and my adversaries, but I do not
swerve from dry testimonies.1581
look at the faithless with disgust, because they do not keep thy
commands. 159 Consider how I love thy precepts!
Preserve my life according to thy steadfast love. 160 The sum of thy word is truth; and
every one of thy righteous ordinances endures for ever.
161 Princes persecute me without cause, but my heart
stands in awe of thy words. 162
I rejoice at thy word like one who finds great spoil.1631 hate and abhor falsehood, but I
love thy law. Seven tunes a day I praise thee for thy righteous
ordinances. 165 Great peace have those who love
thy law; nothing can make them stumble.1661 hope for thy salvation, O Lord, and I do thy commandments. 167 My soul keeps thy testimonies; I
love them exceedingly. 1681
keep thy precepts and testimonies, for all my ways are before thee.
169 Let my cry come before thee O Lord; give me understanding accordhig to thy word! 170 Let my supplication come before
thee; deliver me according to thy word. 171 My lips will pour forth praise
that thou dost teach me thy statutes. 172 My tongue will sing of thy word,
for all thy commandments are right.173 Let thy hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen thy
precepts. 174 I long for thy salvation, O Lord, and thy law is my delight.175 Let me live, that I may praise
thee, and let thy ordinances help me.1761 have gone astray like a lost
sheep; seek thy servant, for I do not forget thy commandments.
In our Divine Office, the 22parts of Psalm 119  are spread out in
separate Hours in the 4 week cycle of Psalms.
This helps us to sustain our attention and devotion.
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