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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.

"If, devout soul, it is your will to please God and live a life of serenity in this world, unite yourself always and in all things to the divine will. Reflect that all the sins of your past wicked life happened because you wandered from the path of God's will. For the future, embrace God's good pleasure and say to him in every happening: "Yea, Father, for so it hath seemed good in thy sight." "
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"Men should often renew their good resolutions, and not lose heart because they are tempted against them."
St Philip Neri

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"It is better to be burdened and in company with the strong than to be unburdened and with the weak. When you are burdened you are close to God, your strength, who abides with the afflicted. When you are relieved of the burden you are close to yourself, your own weakness; for virtue and strength of soul grow and are confirmed in the trials of patience."
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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