Please fast and pray every Thursday for the renewal of the Catholic Church in America. Please note: The Cybersociety will fast on Fridays beginning January 2013, in accordance with ancient custom.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Psalm 10

Why do you stand afar off, O Lord? Why do you hide in times of trouble?  (Psalm 10:1)

"Never forget the sweet presence of God, as do the majority of people. Talk to God as often as you can....Don't be afraid that you will offend God if you sometimes complain and say: Why do you stand afar off, O Lord? Why do you hide in times of trouble? Lord, it is you who must save me. I am ready to suffer, if that is your good pleasure, but you, for your part, must help me."
--St. Alphonsus de Liguori, A Way of Conversing Continually with God, 1753.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Psalm 9

"For thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee." (Psalm 9:10)

"However often I call upon you, you are near, for to call upon you is to turn to you....You, O Lord, are my journey's companion. Wherever I turn, you are there. Nor do you forsake me in a time of tribulation." --Nicholas of Cusa (1401-1464), On the Vision of God.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Psalm 8

"Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels..." (Psalm 8)
It has been testified, What is man that thou art mindful of him, or the son of man, that thou carest for him? Thou didst make him for a little while lower than the angels, thou hast crowned him with glory and honor, putting everything in subjection under his feet....As it is, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. But we see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for every one....For surely it is not with angels that he is concerned but with the descendants of Abraham...a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make expiation for the sins of the people. (Hebrews 2:6-9,16-17)