A broken and contrite heart

An excerpt from the Responsorial Psalm in today’s Mass for the Friday after Ash Wednesday: Psalm 51:19 “A crushed spirit is a sacrifice to God. A contrite and humbled heart, O God, you will not spurn.” via Catholic Public Domain Version of the Sacred Bible. A crushed spirit is the person who is aware of …

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God, you will not spurn

The Responsorial Psalm from today’s Mass for Wednesday of the First Week of Lent is Psalm 51, a favorite of mine. It is also a favorite of the Church’s, as it appears often on Fridays in the Divine Office, and today is the second time since Lent began that it is used as the Responsorial. …

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A heart contrite and humbled

The response for the Psalm (Psalm 51:9) for today’s Mass is: “a contrite, humbled heart, O God, you will not scorn.” As this is Lent, chances are that if you are taking it seriously as a means of spiritual progression in the rejecting of sin and self-will, as well as in the casting off of …

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The Seven Penitential Psalms and the Songs of the Suffering Servant

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has an excellent resource on their website for the final day of Lent, as well as for Good Friday meditations. The Seven Penitential Psalms and the Songs of the Suffering Servant are taken from their New American Bible translation. I frequently use these in preparation for when I …

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Psalm 51

The Responsorial Psalm for the Mass for the Friday after Ash Wednesday is Psalm 51. Rather that revisit it I shall just mention that it is pretty much the perfect prayer (after the Lord’s Prayer) for penance and conversion. I had earlier written a series of meditations on Psalm 51, they can be found here …

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The rebuilding

My series of meditations on Psalm 51 was thought to be over as the Biblical margin notes indicated that the last 2 verses had been added substantially later and are also different in tone and focus (probably due to their later addition). I have reconsidered not including them, as they are a good reminder of …

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Do not spurn a broken heart

Finally, in the 19th verse of Psalm 51, the penitent offers up themselves: Psalm 51:19: “My sacrifice, God, is a broken spirit; God, do not spurn a broken, humbled heart.” (Via USCCB.) The penitent’s soul and very being is offered as a sacrifice. The penitent is stating that their entire self depends upon God for …

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No sacrifice

The 18th verse of Psalm 51 reminds us of the need for sincerity in repentance. Psalm 51:18: “For you do not desire sacrifice; a burnt offering you would not accept.” (Via USCCB.) True repentance is needed as outward signs are insufficient. By outward signs I mean the actions that imply a changed behavior or a …

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Let the words pour forth

The 17th verse of Psalm 51 is also the beginning of the Church’s prayer day in the Divine Office (See the Universalis link at the top of the page, should be a yellowish bar.) Psalm 51:17: “Lord, open my lips; my mouth will proclaim your praise.” (Via USCCB.) Every day the Church begins her prayer …

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Rescue me

The 16th verse of Psalm 51 is about gratitude, in a fundamental and loving way: Psalm 51:16: “Rescue me from death, God, my saving God, that my tongue may praise your healing power.” The penitent fully realizes that life depends upon God, and only God can save them from death. I think the eternal death, …

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