Fr George on Bl Dom Marmion I
Blessed Dom Marmion - 23rd Dec 2016
This two part conference contains the writings of Bl. Don Columba Marmion in his book, "Christ in His Mysteries." Don Marmion tells us that Jesus Christ, as God and Man, was a sacrament in His very person while He was on earth. A sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to give inward grace to the soul; Jesus, the source of all grace, was Himself a sacrament whose very presence gave inward grace to all those who came to Him. The conferences focus on the birth of Jesus Christ and how as God in His divine nature He assumed a human nature to have us participate in his divine nature. The is the great exchange Christmas signifies: God becomes man so that we can share in His divine nature and become divine.
Christmas Meditations Father George Part 2
Blessed Dom Marmion - 30 Dec 2016
The conference and last week's conference focus on the birth of Jesus Christ and how as God in His divine nature He assumed a human nature to have us participate in his divine nature. The is the great exchange Christmas signifies: God becomes man so that we can share in His divine nature and become divine.
Father George convicts conversion
Conversion of an Convict - 06 Jan 2017
This is a wonderful conversion story of an African American, named Claude Newman, in the early part of the 20th Century. He was convicted of murder and was condemned to the electric chair. Our Lady appeared to him and instructed him about the Catholic faith. He was awe-struck by her beauty and wanted to be with her in heaven! The chaplain to the prison instructed him in the faith and he was baptised. While awaiting a delay in the execution of his sentence, he offered his disappointment at not going to heaven immediately for the soul of another convict, James Hughes. When he was in the electric chair, he saw Claude by time was in heaven and his own place in hell. He screamed out and asked for a priest. He repented of his immoral life and died a holy death in the electric chair.
Outside Church there is no Salvation
Outside the Catholic Church there is no salvation - 13 Jan 2017
"Outside the Catholic Church, there is no salvation" is a dogma of the Catholic Faith. All Catholics are required to believe it! However, today many with a false ecumenism believe that one Church is as good an another. This new spirit in the Church is an attempt to be friendly to all those in other Churches. This conference gives the reasons why this dogma has not changed in these modern times and must still be believed by those who profess the Catholic faith.
Life of the Soul Part 5
Marriage and Our Lady of Fatima
Marriage and Our Lady of Fatima : In the presence of Pope Leo XIII who had just finished Holy Mass, the devil challenged God on 13 October 1884 that he could destroy His Catholic Church. God gave him more time and power to do this! In 1917, God sent the Blessed Virgin to Fatima with the important messages for the Twentieth Century to counteract the work of the devil. Of special note, she said that men must stop offending God by sin and that many marriages are not good. Marriage was the special target of the devil to ruin souls and destroy the Church. This talk aims at telling everyone how important were Our Lady's words on the ruination of marriage in the Twentieth Century.
Life of a Soul Part 6
The Friends of the Cross - Part 01
St. Louis de Montfort writes this letter to those who are friends of Jesus and carry their crosses on the royal way of the Cross. So many have betrayed Jesus and ridicule the cross and live only for the pleasures of this world-- to eat drink and be merry for tomorrow we die. Jesus asks if we too will go away from Him and His Cross. Jesus asks, "If anyone want to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself; let him take up his cross; let him follow me." Scarcely one in ten thousand, as has been revealed to certain saints, that God, if he desire, could gather them together from one country, from one province. These blessed ones are so glorious: "So rejoice and be glad that God favours you with one of His choicest crosses; for without realising it, your are blessed with the greatest gift of heaven, the greatest gift of God.... But if this glory is so great on earth, what will it be in heaven?"
Life of a Soul Part 7
The Friends of the Cross - Part 02
St. Louis reminds the "Friends of the Cross" of the many witnesses in the past who have carried their crosses: "My dear Friends of the Cross, see before you a great cloud of witnesses who, without saying a word, prove what I have been saying." He reminds those who will not carry their cross willingly that they will have to carry grumbling and complaining like those on the way to damnation. St. Louis reminds us that we need to carry our cross cheerfully: "Carry your cross cheerfully, and you will be filled with divine love; for only in suffering can we dwell in the pure love of Christ." Those who carry their crosses cheerfully will gather strength to conquer all their enemies and will find "the true earthly paradise in suffering for Christ." St. Louis also reminds us that we need to accept the crosses which come to us from Divine Providence in our daily life. These are the crosses which will be perfect for us. If we do carry our crosses the angels will exclaim to us: "Be careful not to forfeit the crown which is marked out for the cross you have received, if you bear it well. If you do not bear it well another will carry in the right spirit and will take your crown with it. Fight bravely and suffer patiently, we are told by all the saints, and you will receive an eternal kingdom.
Life of a Soul Part 8
The Little Number of Those Who Are Saved - Part 01
St.Leonard of Port Maurice treatise, "The Little Number of Those Who Are Saved," was a sermon that he gave during the eighteenth century to wake souls up to the reality that many souls will not be saved. In face, the greater number of souls will be damned as proven by the words of Jesus Christ, the teaching of the Fathers and Doctors of the Church and learned theologians throughout history. So many souls do not believe in sin and commit sin after sin. So many souls do not keep the Commandments especially those related to marriage. So many souls practice immoral acts in their marriage by not having the children that God wants to give them. If St. Leonard's were true in his day, what can we say of our day when the world has changed so much in the practice of the faith where barely 10% of the Church go to Church on Sunday. We need to listen to these truth words of St. Leonard so that many souls can be saved. We need to keep the words of Jesus in our mind: "What does it profit a man to gain the whole world but suffer the loss of his soul."
Life of a Soul Part 9
The Little Number of Those Who Are Saved - Part 02
St. Leonard of Port Maurice who was a great preacher in Italy in the 18th century speaks out boldly about how few there are that will be saved. He says this because those who will be damned want to be damned; "Thy damnation comes from thee!" Many do not feel that there is a hell and consequently do not keep God's Commandments or the Natural Law. As he says, "You are damned because you want to be damned." Conversely, we can say that we will be saved if we want to be saved. God does not wish the death of the sinner but that he live. This is why Jesus died on the Cross to show His great love for men. This is why he established His Church to give all the necessary graces for salvation. At first, St. Leonard sounds very pessimistic on saying that number of damned is less than the number who are saved, but he does this to wake people up to the reality that they need to do all that can to save their souls and the souls of others.
Life of a Soul Part 10
“The Immensity of the Soul in the Present Life.”
As the title tells us this theological study is all about "life everlasting" which is the final end of man in this life. First, he has to realise that his happiness in this life can never be realised as he has been made for God. No earthly good can satisfy man! God has made man so that man can only be happy with in the love of God. This will be perfected when man sees God face to face. Here on earth, it is a struggle for man to know God. This is why he needs to realise that he must deny himself and live only for God. God in His great love for man gives man the supernatural help of sanctifying grace and the infused virtues of faith, hope and charity to make it easier for man to overcome any disordered love in his life. God also uses the sufferings of life to purify the soul and make it realise that it was not made for happiness here in this life. St. John of the Cross says: "God Himself must set his hand to the work and purify the soul in His own dark fires." Only when man hates himself as St. Augustine tells us can he achieve love of God: "The love of God reached the scorn of self." Only then can the soul be truly dead to self and alive to God and capable, with sanctifying grace, of seeing God face to face in heaven for all eternity when he dies.
Life of the Soul Part 11
“Death”
Death is the most important time of our life for upon it depends our eternal life either in heaven or hell. We want to make sure that we have repented of our all our mortal sins for those in mortal sin who die in final impenitence will be lost in hell for all eternity. The gift of final perseverance cannot be merited and is defined: that gift which makes the moment of death coincide with the state of grace, either continued or restored. Fr. Lagrange tells us: “St. Augustine adds that this gift is not given to us according to our merits, but according to the will of God, a will very secret, very wise, very beneficent. Only to God does it belong to give it, since He alone determines the end of our life. But this gift, even if it cannot be merited, can be obtained by humble supplication.” Fr. Lagrange tells us of God’s loving concern for the salvation of all souls: “If the sinner does not resist this last appeal, he will be led from grace to grace, even to that of conversion. The Lord has said: ‘I desire not the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live.’" Fr. Lagrange tells us: “Briefly to repeat, the soul begins to determine itself by the last free act of the present life, and it attains this fixation immutably, in regard to its knowledge and its will, in the first instant after death. Thus it immobilises itself in its own choice. Hence it is not a lack of God's mercy which fixes the soul in obstinacy.” Once we have died, we are fixed immutability in our final choice of life! There is no meriting in death. Those souls who have died in state of grace will gain eternal life and those who have died in mortal sin will suffer in hell for all eternity. The important thing to die well; we have made our decision there is no turning back. Souls in hell cannot repent. They may regret being in hell, but they cannot be sorry for their sins. Fr. Lagrange tells us: “Theology replies with St. Thomas: The damned do not learn, practically and effectively, from their sufferings. Without doubt, they indeed wish not to suffer, but they do not will for that reason to come back to God, because the only road possible is that of humility and obedience, and this they refuse. If the Lord opened this road, they would not take it. They do not regret their sins as guilt, says St. Thomas, but only as the cause of their sufferings. They do not have the repentance which would lead them to ask forgiveness. They have only remorse. And between penance and remorse there is an abyss. The most important thing in life is to die well as our whole eternity depends upon the final state of our soul which needs to be sanctifying grace (no mortal sins) to gain eternal life in heaven.
Life of the Soul Part 12
“Judgment and Death”
Father Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange says in his book, Life Everlasting: “This universal judgment is presented as the work of Christ, above all in the great discourse on the end of the world, as preserved by the three Evangelists. [145] ‘When the Son of man comes in His glory and all His angels with Him, then shall He sit on the seat of His majesty. And all nations shall be gathered together before Him, and He shall separate them one from another, as the shepherd separateth the sheep from the goats.’ The Catechism of the Council of Trent [169] says in substance: Divine justice wills that the good recover their reputation, often attacked by the wicked who triumph. Further, the body, as well as the soul, must receive the punishment or the reward which it merits. Hence the general judgement must follow the general resurrection. This judgement will oblige all men to render homage to the justice of God and to His providence. Finally, it is fitting that this judgement be carried on by Jesus Christ, because He is the Son of man, because men are to be judged, and because He Himself was unjustly judged by wicked judges. Theologians, generally, teach that the mode of being of the separated soul is preternatural, because the soul is made to animate its body. Hence it has also a preternatural mode of action, which it receives from God at the moment of separation, a mode consisting in infused ideas, similar to those of the angels, ideas which can serve it without the aid of the imagination. After the Particular Judgement, souls will either enter eternal life of eternal death.” Fr. Lagrange says: “Daniel says more clearly: ‘Many of those that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some unto life everlasting, and others unto reproach, to see it always.’ [191] Thus the Old Testament, for the first time, declares the resurrection of sinners to meet a judgement of condemnation.... This eternal damnation is called second death. It is the privation of divine life, of the vision of God, in a place of eternal punishment, where those will be tormented by fire who wear the sign of the beast, and hence are excluded from the book of life....St. Thomas [239] answers: ‘Suffering is proportioned, not to the duration of sin, but to its gravity. A deed of assassination, which lasts a few minutes, merits death or life imprisonment. A momentary act of betrayal merits permanent exile. But mortal sin has a gravity without measure. Further, it remains as a habitual disorder, in itself irreparable, which merits punishment without end’.... Hatred of God involves hatred of neighbour. As the blessed love one another, the damned hate one another. In hell there is no love, only envy and isolation. Condemned souls wish their own condemnation to be universal... Eternally rebellious against everything, they long for annihilation, not in itself, but as cessation of suffering. In this sense Jesus says of Judas: ‘It were better for him if that man had not been born.’ Buried in boundless misery, the condemned soul has no desire of relief. Inexpressible anger finds vent in blasphemy. "He shall gnash with his teeth and pine away, the desire of the wicked shall perish." Mt. 26:24 [271] Tradition applies to him these words of the psalm: "The pride of them that hate Thee ascendeth continually’... Our Lord said to St. Catherine of Siena: [315] ‘The first suffering which the damned endure is that they are deprived of seeing Me. This suffering is so great that, [316] if it were possible, they would choose to endure fire and torments, if they could in the meantime enjoy My vision, rather than to be delivered from other sufferings without being able to see Me. This pain is increased by a second, that of the worm of conscience, which torments them without cessation. Thirdly, the view of the demon redoubles their sufferings, because, seeing him in all his ugliness, they see what they themselves are, and thus see clearly that they themselves have merited these chastisements. The fourth torment which the damned endure is that of fire, a fire which burns but does not consume. Further, so great is the hate which possesses them that they cannot will anything good. Continually they blaspheme Me. They can no longer merit. Those who die in hate, guilty of mortal sin, enter a state which lasts forever.’"
Life of a Soul Part 13
“Purgatory”
Purgatory: “The Council (Trent) affirms the necessity of satisfaction for sins committed after baptism: satisfaction in the form of fasting, of almsgiving, of prayer, and of other exercises of the spiritual life. These satisfactions are not meant for the eternal punishment, which was remitted by the sacrament of penance or by the desire of the sacrament, but for the remission of temporal punishment, which is not always remitted entirely, as it is in baptism.” “The doctrine of purgatory is one of wisdom and consolation. It emphasizes the sanctity and majesty of God, since nothing soiled can appear before Him. It fortifies our sense of justice. It manifests the disorder, often unperceived, of venial faults. Faith in purgatory purifies us here on earth.” “Suffering in purgatory is greater than all suffering on earth. Such is the doctrine of tradition, supported by theological reasoning. Tradition is expressed by St. Augustine: "That fire will be more painful than anything man can suffer in the present life." “The poor souls can do nothing for themselves. They can no longer merit or give satisfaction or receive the sacraments or gain indulgences. They can only accept and offer their own suffering of satispassion. Hence they have a special right to be aided by others.” “We can aid the poor souls, not only by offering prayers, but by other acts of virtue: by almsgiving, by accepting a cross.”. God is pleased to reward our least service. And these souls, too, will not fail to aid us by their own gratitude in heaven. Even before their deliverance they pray for all benefactors. They have charity, which indeed excludes no one but which imposes on them a special duty toward those friends. Their prayers are efficacious even if they do not know in detail our condition, just as our prayers for them are efficacious though we do not know their condition. May we also pray to the poor souls? The liturgy does not pray to them. But we are not forbidden to pray to them, though we must give preference to prayer for them. Here is a sentence from St. Thomas: ‘The souls in purgatory are not in the state of praying, but in the state of being prayed for.’ Mercy on the poor souls will bring us also the crowning mercy of a holy death.”
Life of a Soul Part 14
Heaven
The Church teaches as a doctrine of faith, defined by Benedict XII: "The souls of all the saints are in heaven before the resurrection of the body and the general judgment. They see the divine essence by a vision which is intuitive and facial, without the intermediation of any creature in that view. By this vision they enjoy the divine essence, they are truly blessed, they have eternal life and repose." St. Thomas defines the object of beatitude as follows: "It is that perfect good which completely satiates the desire of the rational being." [549] He continues thus: "Only the uncreated and infinite good can satisfy fully the desire of a creature which conceives universal good." All theologians admit that subjective beatitude consists in a vital union with God through the higher faculties, intelligence and will, that is, in the beatific vision and love which follows it. P. 218 Essential beatitude, therefore, consists in the immediate vision of God, and is consummated in the love which follows the vision. Any created intelligence therefore needs a supernatural light to elevate it, to fortify it, that it may be able to see God as He is in Himself. Otherwise it would be before Him as the owl before the sun; it would not see Him. [570] This light, received in a permanent fashion in the intellects of the blessed, is called the light of glory. To accidental beatitude belongs also the resurrection of the body and the characteristics of the glorified body. Following this doctrine, theologians distinguish four chief qualities in the glorified body: impassibility, subtility, agility, and clarity. Many Fathers and theologians incline to the smaller number of the elect, because it is said in Scripture: "Many are called, but few are chosen." [672] Again: "Enter you in at the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction; and many there are who go in thereat; how narrow is the gate and strait is the way that leadeth to life and few there are that find it." [673] Still, these texts are not absolutely demonstrative. Theologians enumerate eight signs of predestination. First, a good life; secondly, the testimony of a good conscience; thirdly, patience in adversities for love of God; fourthly, relish for the light and the word of God; fifthly, mercy toward those who suffer; sixthly, love of enemies; seventhly, humility; eighthly, special devotion to the Blessed Virgin.
Life of a Soul Part 15
The Last Judgement
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven shall be moved.” Mt. At the end of the world, the earth will be destroyed by fire. II The sound of the trumpet will be so solemn that it will cause the earth to tremble. “Arise ye dead, come to the judgment.” The devils and the lost souls will shrink in despair and say, “How can we possibly endure the shame.” “The souls of the just will re-unite with their bodies: ‘Blessed be thou my chosen companion, who has been so faithful to me. Blessed be my senses and all thy members, for they have ever abstained from evil.’ And the body will reply, ‘Be thou rather blessed, O dearest soul, for it was by thy instigation I did so, and thou didst incite me to all that was good. It is to thee that my present happiness, therefore I praise and magnify thee, and I will praise and magnify thee for all eternity.’” Conversely, the souls of the damned will shrink in horror as they see their bodies deformed and ugly because of their sins. What despair will be theirs when they are compelled by God to unite with their bodies: “Woe is me, woe is me for all eternity…O accursed soul, what right hast thou to hate me, when thou thyself are the cause of all this wretchedness. Thou shouldst have ruled more firmly and held me back from evil for it was with this object that God united thee to me.” What terrible shame will they have as all see their ugliness … which they would prefer to hide from the eyes of others. “Alas! what have we done? Woe to us most miserable one; would that we had never been born! Cursed be thou, my wife, who didst provoke me to sin! Cursed be you, my children, who are the cause of my damnation. Cursed be you my friends who were the occasion of this calamity that has come upon me. Cursed forever be all those who have been partners of my life and partners of my sin.” III Valley of Josaphat “Let the nations come up into the valley of Josaphat, for there will I sit to judge all nations round about.” Joel 3:2-12 The angels will come to claim the just who will be raised in the air to meet Christ: “Then we who are alive who are left, shall be taken up together with them in clouds to meet Christ in the air.” I Thess. 4:15-6 The damned will be great anguish of spirit: “These are they whom we had sometime in derision, and for a parable of reproach. We fools esteem their life madness and their end without honor. Behold how they are numbered among the children of God, and their lot is among the saints.” Wis. 5:2-5 IV Awaiting Christ’s Call All those who have ever lived will go to the Valley of Josaphat. The good and just will go with great joy; the wicked will go with terrible anguish: “Alas, what have we done! How terribly we have deceived ourselves! For the sake of the few and transitory joys of earth, we must undergo an eternity of anguish. What good are all the riches, the voluptuous pleasure, the pride the honours of the world to us now. We fools have trifles away celestial and eternal goods for the poor and paltry things of earth. Alas, what will become of us when our Judge appears! Ye mountains, fall on us, and ye hills, cover us, for truly it would be less intolerable for us to be crushed under your weigh, than to stand before the whole world covered with shame and confusion, and behold the wrathful countenance of the just Judge.”
Life of a Soul Part 16
Judgment, Heaven and Hell
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven shall be moved.” At the end of the world, the earth will be destroyed by fire. The sound of the trumpet will be so solemn that it will cause the earth to tremble. “Arise ye dead, come to the judgment.” The devils and the lost souls will shrink in despair and say, “How can we possibly endure the shame.” “The souls of the just will re-unite with their bodies: ‘Blessed be thou my chosen companion, who has been so faithful to me. Blessed be my senses and all thy members, for they have ever abstained from evil.’ And the body will reply, ‘Be thou rather blessed, O dearest soul, for it was by thy instigation I did so, and thou didst incite me to all that was good. It is to thee that my present happiness, therefore I praise and magnify thee, and I will praise and magnify thee for all eternity.’” When the Son of man shall come in His majesty, and all the angels with Him, then shall He sis upon the seat of His majesty.” Mt 25:31 That the angels also will fear and tremble is asserted by St. Augustine who says: “When Our Lord says that the powers of heaven shall be moved, He alludes to the angels; for so terrible will the judgment be that the angels will not be exempt from fear; they too will tremble and be afraid.” Arise ye dead, come to the judgment.” The devils and the lost souls will shrink in despair and say, “How can we possibly endure the shame.” “The souls of the just will re-unite with their bodies: ‘Blessed be thou my chosen companion, who has been so faithful to me. Blessed be my senses and all thy members, for they have ever abstained from evil.’ And the body will reply, ‘Be thou rather blessed, O dearest soul, for it was by thy instigation I did so, and thou didst incite me to all that was good. It is to thee that my present happiness, therefore I praise and magnify thee, and I will praise and magnify thee for all eternity.’” Conversely, the souls of the damned will shrink in horror as they see their bodies deformed and ugly because of their sins. What despair will be theirs when they are compelled by God to unite with their bodies: “Woe is me, woe is me for all eternity…O accursed soul, what right hast thou to hate me, when thou thyself are the cause of all this wretchedness. Thou shouldst have ruled more firmly and held me back from evil for it was with this object that God united thee to me.”
Life of a Soul Part 18a
The centenary of Fatima on 13 October 2017 - Part 2
Sr. Lucia of Fatima wrote to Cardinal Caffarra telling him: ‘The final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family. Choose a Blessing or a Curse. Throughout all history, children were always considered a blessing from God, yet now contraception seems to be universally accepted in the West. Marriage is a Sacrament. Jesus Christ raised marriage to the dignity of a sacrament when He said, “What therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder.” Mt. 19:6 The Primary End of Marriage. Pope Pius XII (1951) Procreation is the primary end of marriage: “Now the truth is that matrimony, as an institution of nature, in virtue of the Creator’s will, has not as primary and intimate end the personal perfection of the married couple but the procreation and upbringing of a new life. The other ends, inasmuch as they are intended by nature, are not equally primary, much less superior to the primary end, but are essentially subordinated to it.” The Marriage Obligation or Debt. In order to aid in the unity of procreation in marriage, God has ordained that each spouse give his or her body to the other spouse upon any legitimate request: Let the husband render the debt to his wife, and the wife also in like manner to the husband. [4] The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband. And in like manner the husband also hath not power of his own body, but the wife. [5] Defraud not one another, except, perhaps, by consent, for a time, that you may give yourselves to prayer; and return together again, lest Satan tempt you for your incontinency.” I Cor. 1:1-5 Three Blessings of Marriage. St. Thomas Aquinas saw three blessings of marriage: fidelity, indissolubility and fruitfulness. These blessings show the holiness of marriage: First, fidelity as husband and wife are faithful to one another; Second, indissolubility as husband and wife are united to one another until death: “What therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder.” Mt. 19:6 Third, fruitfulness as marriage is fruitful in the procreation of children, the fruit of their love for one another. Final Revelation of Sr. Lucia on what Our Lady told her of the Third Secret: a great chastisement for sin and then an era of Peace. The sea, the rivers and clouds exceed their boundaries, inundating and dragging with them in a vortex, houses and people in a number that cannot be counted; it is the purification of the world from the sin in which it is immersed. Hatred, ambition, provoke the destructive war. After I felt my heart racing and in my spirit a soft voice that said: ‘In time, one faith, one baptism, one Church, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic. In eternity, Heaven!’ This word ‘Heaven’ filled my heart with peace and happiness in such a way that, almost without being aware of it, I kept repeating to myself for a long time: Heaven, Heaven!” Um Caminho sob o olhar de Maria.
Life of the Soul 2-6-17
The Commandments in the Baltimore Catechism
Jesus said, “If you love me, you keep my commandments.” Jn. 15:14 Our Lady said at Fatima: “They (souls) must not offend our Lord any more, for He is already too much offended!” We offend God when we disobey His commandments. Today’s conference will review all of God’s Commandments as they are explained in the Baltimore Catechism.
The Psalms Part 1 09-06-17
St. Robert Bellamine’s Commentary on the Psalms - Introduction
St. Robert Bellamine’s classic work on the Psalms, “ Commentary on the Psalms”, will be topic on this program, “The Life of the Soul,” for the next several weeks. We will go over each verse with St. Robert Bellarmine’s David comments on the meaning on the psalm. It is most important that we know the true meaning of the psalms as they are use in Liturgy of the Mass and in “The Breviary,” the official prayer of the Church for priests and religious each day. David’s 150 psalms recount the teachings and history of the Israelites. Today’s conference will comment the first four psalms numbers 1 to 4.
Psalms Part 2 23-06-17
St. Robert Bellamine’s Commentary on the Psalms - Part 2
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.
Psalms Part 3 30-06-17
St. Robert Bellamine’s Commentary on the Psalms - Part 3
Psalm 7: From Compline for Monday: “ An Appeal to God’s Mercy when Falsely Accused.” “DAVID, TRUSTING IN THE JUSTICE OF HIS CAUSE, PRAYETH FOR GOD’S HELP AGAINST HIS ENEMIES EXPLANATION OF THE PSALM 1 ‘In thee have I put my trust,’ because nearly all have deserted me, so that my very son Absalom, and my father in law Saul, seek to put me to death. I have no one to trust in but you, my God. “Save me from all them that persecute me.” Numerous were his persecutors— some by their advice, some by their maledictions, some by war and arms.” Psalm 8: From Matins for Sunday: “Reflecting on God’s greatness, the prophet is wrapped in admiration at the idea of a God, so great in himself, condescending to look upon or to heap such and so many favours on man, a thing of dust and ashes. ‘O Lord,’ says he, who art the source of all being, whence all created things are derived; and, therefore, ‘Our Lord,’ that is to say, thou art Lord of all, ‘how admirable is thy name in the whole earth!’ how wonderful is thy glory, or the good fame of thy name diffused through the whole world, to the great admiration of all who care to reflect on it.”
Psalms Part 4 07-07-17
St. Robert Bellamine’s Commentary on the Psalms - Part 4
Psalm 9: From Sunday for Matins: “THE CHURCH PRAISETH GOD FOR HIS PROTECTION AGAINST HER ENEMIES EXPLANATION OF THE PSALM 1. “The matter of the Psalm is here proposed, viz., the praise of God for his wonderful works. The words, ‘With my whole heart,’ signify the subject to be praised is one of the highest importance, and, therefore, to be done with all his might and affections. The words, ‘All thy wonders’ imply that the subject of his praise is so expansive as to comprehend in one view all the wonderful works of God”.
Psalms Part 5 14-07-17
St. Robert Bellamine’s Commentary on the Psalms - Part 5
14 July 2017 Psalm 10: From Lauds for Sunday: “Prayer for Confidence” “The cry of the just man, who, under the weight of calumny is nigh tempted to despair and to desert his calling. ‘In the Lord I put any trust.’ He is everywhere, and all powerful.” Psalm 11: From Compline for Tuesday: “THE PROPHET CALLS FOR GOD’S HELP AGAINST THE WICKED” 1 “Save me, O Lord, from all dangers, for there is nobody else in whom I can confide; ‘For there is now no saint’; for there is scarce in the world to be found any one truly “Pious and merciful,” (for such is the real meaning of the Hebrew word,) and not merciful only, but truthful. For ‘truths are decayed among the children of men’; that is, scarce one can be found to speak the simple truth.” Psalm 12: From Compline for Tuesday: “A PRAYER IN TRIBULATION” 1 When the sinful desires are very powerful, God seems to forget and to desert the soul; when the understanding is obscured by darkness, he seems to turn from the soul. He, being the light, illuminates, when he shows his face, and leaves all in darkness when he turns it away. The man under temptation then exclaims, in reference to the first, ‘how long, O Lord, wilt thou forget me unto the end?’ And in reference to the second, ‘How long dost thou turn away thy face from me?’”
Psalms Part 6 21-07-17
St. Robert Bellamine’s Commentary on the Psalms - Part 6
21 July 2017 - Psalm 13: From Matins for Monday: “Evils of Unbelief; Their Punishment” 1 “To such a pitch of folly has human nature, corrupted in our first parent, arrived, that one can be found, without daring to express it, yet to ‘say in his heart there is no God.’ David does not convey here, that one particular person said so, but that men in general, through the corruption of their intellect, had come to such a pitch of blindness, as to become entirely regardless of their last end, and to think there was no God who regarded mankind, or to whom they would be accountable. ‘The fool,”’ that is, the man bereft of all sense, ‘said in his heart, There is no God’:” Psalm 14: From Matins for Monday: “The Ideal Man of God” “Coming now to particulars, he says, ‘The man to dwell in the house of the Lord”’ is he who doeth no evil in heart, mouth or action, ‘Who speaketh truth in his heart.’ For all who set more value than they ought on the things of this world, do not speak truth in their heart; and whoever consent to sin speak not truth in their heart, because they consider a matter will profit them, which rather injures.” Psalm 15: From Compline for Tuesday: “Our Inheritance; Eternal Life” 11 The complete promise of the inheritance is here explained. ‘Thou hast made known to me the ways of life;’ you have ‘taught me the way’ of returning to life from death. A most beautiful metaphor, by which the mode of resurrection is called a way unknown up to that time, because nobody to that time, with the exception of Christ, had truly risen. And he adds, you have not only taught me the way of rising from the dead, but ‘Thou wilt fill me with joy with thy countenance;’ making me glorious, immortal, and happy, by showing me your countenance; because, from the beatific vision, in which consists essential happiness, glory even redounds on the body, which glory was the only one that Christ had not always; for his soul had such glory from the time of his conception, ‘at thy right hand are delights even to the end.’ Not content with conferring glory on me, you will place me on your right hand in heaven, where the glory will be everlasting.”
Psalms Part 7 28-07-17
St. Robert Bellamine’s Commentary on the Psalms - Part 7
28 July 2017, Continuation of Psalm 15:11: The complete promise of the inheritance is here explained. “Thou hast made known to me the ways of life;” you have “taught me the way” of returning to delights even unto the end;” when he places them on his right hand, and with his right hand fills them, as if from an inexhaustible fountain, with delights interminable. 28 July 2017, Psalm 16: From Matins for Monday: “A Prayer for Justice from Enemies.” “It is a fierce struggle, but God is the mighty champion. ... This is the psalm that St. Lawrence prayed while he was being martyred (burned on the gridiron)” (Roman Breviary, Vol. III, p272). “1 He first prays that his just cause may be heard, for with a just judge, the cause is more regarded than the person; he asks then that his prayer may be attended to; for God not only loves justice, but also the just; and, as St. James has it, ‘The prayer of the just availeth much.’ He finally unites both justice and prayer, when he says, ‘Give ear unto my prayer which proceedeth not from deceitful lips;’ that is, my prayer that does not proceed from deceitful lips, but is based on justice.”
Psalms Part 8 04-08-17
St. Robert Bellamine’s Commentary on the Psalms - Part 8
4 August 2017, Psalm 17: From Matins for Monday: “Prayer of Thanksgiving.” “At the end of his life, David sings this psalm as a sort of swan song , one of the most beautiful compositions in the Psalter. He looks back over the battles of his life and his final victory over all his enemies—a note of courage for the coming conflicts for the week.” (Roman Breviary, p. 274.) 1– 2 What he expressed in one word, ‘my strength,’ he now explains by several words, ‘my firmament, my refuge, my deliverer’: as if he said, I may justly call him my strength, when he is all the above names to me. When I lie down, he is my firmament; when I am in danger, he is my refuge; should I fall into the hands of the enemy, he will deliver me; and thus, in every respect, he is my strength and my courage. ‘My God is my helper, and in him will I put my trust: my protector and the horn of my salvation’.
The Psalms Part 9 11-08-17
St. Robert Bellamine’s Commentary on the Psalms - Part 9
11 August 2017, Psalm 17:25-26: 25– 26 “A reason for his having said he would get according to his justice from God, because God gives to everyone according to his works. He speaks to God here, ‘With the holy thou wilt be holy’; with the pious and the merciful thou wilt deal kindly and mercifully. To the man who is innocent, that is, who doeth no injury, thou wilt do no injury, nor permit others to do it. ‘With the elect thou wilt be elect’; with the sincere and pure minded, (for such is the meaning of the Hebrew,) you will deal sincerely and candidly; ‘And with the perverse thou wilt be perverted’:
 

 

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