TODAY’S WORD…and PRAYER
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
FROM THE CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH…
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
1 St. Augustine
2 St. Augustine
3 St. Thomas Aquinas