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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.

"God commands not impossibilities, but by commanding he suggests to you to do what you can, to ask for what is beyond your strength; and he helps you, that you may be able."
St Augustine

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"Spiritual persons ought to be equally ready to experience sweetness and consolation in the things of God, or to suffer and keep their ground in drynesses of spirit and devotion, and for as long as God pleases, without their making any complaint about it."
St Philip Neri

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"The essence of perfection is to embrace the will of God in all things, prosperous or adverse. In prosperity, even sinners find it easy to unite themselves to the divine will; but it takes saints to unite themselves to God's will when things go wrong and are painful to self-love. Our conduct in such instances is the measure of our love of God."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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