Psalm 111: a sermon on the Just Man (and Woman) of the Old Testament

August 16, 2017 Leave a comment

The content of this psalm is sprinkled variously around the Old Testament and informed generations of Hebrews, generations of Jews, and built the synagogues and the primitive Christian Church. Of course, Christ developed our understanding of our inheritance upon the earth, and told us where true glory and wealth are to be found.

Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord: he shall delight exceedingly in his commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the righteous shall be blessed. Glory and wealth shall be in his house: and his justice remaineth for ever and ever. To the righteous a light is risen up in darkness: he is merciful, and compassionate and just. Acceptable is the man that sheweth mercy and lendeth: he shall order his words with judgment:

Because he shall not be moved for ever. The just shall be in everlasting remembrance: he shall not fear the evil hearing. His heart is ready to hope in the Lord: His heart is strengthened, he shall not be moved until he look over his enemies. He hath distributed, he hath given to the poor: his justice remaineth for ever and ever: his horn shall be exalted in glory. The wicked shall see, and shall be angry, he shall gnash with his teeth and pine away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.

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See also Psalm 14. The just man is merciful always and compassionate, a just judge, as his Lord is. And he stands firm against evil, strengthened in his faith. He is generous and lives for other people. And he is a great annoyance to the enemies of God, who will persecute him and will not be satisfied, for they cannot break him. Thousands upon thousands of Christians are slaughtered every year.


Inspirational: Paul Moyse walks us through a painting

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The Pleiades (Messier 45)

August 13, 2017 Leave a comment

Forty-fifth on the Messier catalogue of deep-sky, blurry objects is this popular star cluster. The picture is, of course, not mine. There is a link to the website it comes from below it. More information on M45 here and on the mythology of the seven sisters here.

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Blessed John Henry Newman on writing sermons

July 29, 2017 Leave a comment

Blessed JHN on writing sermons

It’s always good to get advice from the experts. And I’ll take all the help I can get.

Natural birth of an elephant

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This is interesting: in the old days, there used to be right and wrong ways…

July 29, 2017 Leave a comment

…of receiving the most Blessed Sacrament at Holy Communion. From this historical image, it seems that this was born of such a great devotion for the Sacrament that not the smallest part of it could be allowed to fall to the floor, or on one’s hands or clothing. Yes, that is interesting, indeed.

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This is a beautiful icon: if God had a Mother, he also had two Grandparents

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