Choose a topic from Part 2B:

91. Oral Praise of God

1. We use words of the lips when we speak to God, not for thepurpose of making known our thoughts to One who knows thembetterthan we do ourselves, but to stir ourselves and ourhearers to reverence for God. We need to praise God with our lips,not for His sake, but for our own. In Psalm 62 it is written:"My mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips."

2. And it is just and right that the voice of man should praiseGod, not alone in the spoken word, but also in song. The use ofmusic in praising God is a means for stirring reverence for him andemploying the feelings in his service; it is certainly suitablethat, to such music, there should be set the words of a hymn orsong or psalm.

"It is well to choose some one good devotion, and to stick to it, and never to abandon it."
St Philip Neri

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"For what would it profit us to know the whole Bible by heart and the principles of all the philosophers if we live without grace and the love of God?"
Thomas á Kempis

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"A tree that is cultivated and guarded through the care of its owner produces its fruit at the expected time. "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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