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Saturday, February 11, 2006
Praised be Jesus Christ!! Now and Forever!!
The in the Office of Readings today Psalm 132 came up. My Breivary refers to this Psalm as the Divine Promise to the house of David. I started thinking today about when David says that he will not give sleep to his eyes nor slumber until he finds a place for the Lord. This made me think of how we all need to approach the Sacrament of Penance prior to receiving Our Lord in the Eucharist. Our hearts shall enthrone Him and become a place for Him-would we not want to find a fitting dwelling place just as David? Would we not want to purge our hearts of any stain and sin so that we have a proper dwelling place for God? Would we not want to go with the same zeal and not give sleep to our eyes until we are prepared to receive Him? Also with things such as imperfections and venal sin would we not want to confess those things that we know of so that when we receive Our Lord that there are no unnecessary filters of His Graces.
I know that some of the various Saints speak of the soul and the spiritual life in terms of a diamond which has to be chipped away and polished to reveal the color and the spectrum of light. The stone itself does not produce the light rather just sparkles with the light from the original light source. Maybe as the soul processes through the spiritual life it too is chipped away of first major flaws and then lesser ones and then polished and repolished so that it sparkles with the Light of Christ. So the more docile the soul becomes to the craftsman -in this case the Holy Spirit- at work the easier and faster the he or she can move towards being that shining gem that we are all called to be.
So the application of the gem concept in the hands of the craftsman to the initial idea of C
onfession and Eucharist that it is through them that we become more docile to the workings of the Holy Spirit. It is, I think, through this process that we like David can give a fitting home to the Lord God of Hosts. David would not rest until a proper home was found and so to we should never weary of constantly rending our hearts- through daily examination of conscience, through frequent use of the confessional, through daily Eucharistic Adoration, through daily prayer and through frequent reception of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. Then through the power of the Holy Spirit who is the doctor of all souls we start to shine with the radiance of Christ. We can then give Our Lord a fitting home and His Light will burst forth from us into a world of darkness.
David's faithfulness was rewarded and so to will be ours but we must begin today. I remind you again that there is a reason that I have the death counter on this blog. It is not because it is interesting or some morbid curiosity with death on my part. I have it there to serve as a witness to everyone that our time is numbered. I know the brevity of life and how
death can come when we least expect it. We submit ourselves in prayer today and leave tomorrows spiritual progress to Divine Providence. Today is the gift we have- today is the time we must like David find a fitting home for God and let us enthrone Him within our hearts and lives.
Omnia Pro Iesu Per Mariam!!

"At the Name of Jesus
Ev'ry knee shall bow,
Ev'ry tongue confess him
King of glory now;
'Tis the Father's pleasure
We should call him Lord,
Who from the beginning
Was the mighty Word.

Humbled for a season,
To receive a Name
From the lips of sinners
Unto whom he came,
Faithfully he bore it,
Spotless to the last,
Brought it back victorious,
When from death he passed.

Bore it triumphant,
With its human light,
Through all ranks of creatures
To the central height,
To the throne of Godhead,
To the Father's breast;
Filled it with the glory
Of that perfect rest.

In your hearts enthrone him;
There let him subdue
All that is not holy,
All that is not true:
Crown him as your Captain
In temptation's hour;
Let his will enfold you
In its light and power.

Brothers, this Lord Jesus
Shall return again,
With his Father's glory
O'er the earth to reign;
For all wreaths of empire
Meet upon his brow.
And our hearts confess him
King of glory now."

(King Weston's Hymn)
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