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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.

"The Lord has always revealed to mortals the treasures of his wisdom and his spirit, but now that the face of evil bares itself more and more, so does the Lord bare his treasures more."
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"Whom do you seek, friend, if you seek not God? Seek him, find him, cleave to him; bind your will to his with bands of steel and you will live always at peace in this life and in the next."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"The supreme perfection of man in this life is to be so united to God that all his soul with all its faculties and powers are so gathered into the Lord God that he becomes one spirit with him, and remembers nothing except God, is aware of and recognises nothing but God, but with all his desires unified by the joy of love, he rests contentedly in the enjoyment of his Maker alone."
St Albert the Great

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