Sunday, October 16, 2011

Psalms, Prayers and Proverbs


Today's post from Proverbs comes from a friend of Spirit Singing.  This is a passage that describes the evil behavior of a wicked heart that the Lord hates.  We only have to pick up a newspaper or listen to the news to see these qualities of an evil heart displayed throughout our society.  Let us pray for light and for the conversion of sinners as Our Lady requests.

Provers 6:16-19

There are six things the Lord hates,
yes, seven are an abomination to him;
Haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
and hands that shed innocent blood;
A heart that plots wicked schemes,
feet that run swiftly to evil,
The false witness who utters lies,
and he who sows discord among brothers.

For Christians who are called to follow Christ and seek purity of heart, these evil qualities, even in their most subtle form should be rooted out in us.  Let us pray for the light of the Holy Spirit who reveals these things to us in prayer.  St. Teresa teaches us that this self-knowledge is painful, but it is necessary for our spiritual growth, so that one day, with pure hearts we may cry out with St. John the Baptist, "There is the Lamb of God."  For only the pure of heart can see God.  Let us pray for each other.

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