25 July 2013 – “a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Psalm 63:1-8





O God, You are my God, I seek You,
my soul thirsts for You;
my flesh faints for You,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
So I have looked upon You in the sanctuary,
beholding Your power and glory.

Because Your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise You.
So I will bless You as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands and call on Your name.


My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast,

and my mouth praises You with joyful lips
when I think of You on my bed,
and meditate on You in the watches of the night;
for You have been my help,
and in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy.

My soul clings to you;
Your right hand upholds me.




– Psalm 63:1-8 (NRSV)





YEAR OF FAITH 2012-2013



The Beatitudes (Mt 5:3-12) respond to the natural desire for happiness.

This desire is of divine origin: God has placed it in the human heart

in order to draw man to the One who alone can fulfill it:


We all want to live happily;

in the whole human race there is no one who does not assent to this proposition,

even before it is fully articulated.1


How is it, then, that I seek You, Lord?

Since in seeking You, my God, I seek a happy life,

let me seek You so that my soul may live,

for my body draws life from my soul

and my soul draws life from You.2


God alone satisfies.3


[CCC 1718]

. .

1 St. Augustine
2 St. Augustine
3 St. Thomas Aquinas

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