Thursday, April 20, 2006

Catholicism as it pertains to yours truly

I thought now would be as good a time as any to let the blogging world in on a little bit of who I am. If I had to tell you a little bit about me and my favorite parts of Catholicism I would probably start by telling you this:

My favorite Gospel is John.
My favorite verses are Exodus 14:14 and Luke 1:38
My favorite prayer is the Hail Mary.
My favorite devotion is the Divine Mercy Chaplet.
My favorite Saint is St. Thomas Aquinas.
My favorite Catholic hero is Pope John Paul II.
My favorite psalm, purposely saved for the end, is Psalm 63.

Here's a little more about that...
When I first heard Remnant's "Psalm 63" I fell in love! It was such a beautiful piece with such beautiful lyrics. I looked up psalm 63 and sure enough, almost word for word. Since then I have also taken a liking to other songs that were actually psalms put to music but none have touched me the way psalm 63 does. The past two weeks at choir rehearsal we have rehearsed a song called "I Will Lift Up My Eyes" (by Tom Conry) and each time I get teary eyed. I know, pathetic, but I can't help it! It's such a beautiful song and the words ring so true in my life!

So that is mine. Psalm 63.

O God, thou art my God,
I seek thee, my soul thirsts for thee,
as in a dry and weary land where no water is.
So I have looked upon thee in the sanctuary,
beholding thy power and glory.
Because thy steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise thee.
So I will bless thee as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands and call on thy name.

My soul is feasted as with marrow and fat,
and my mouth praises thee with joyful lips,
when I think of thee upon my bed,
and meditate on thee in the watches of the night;
for thou hast been my help,
and in the shadow of thy wings I sing for joy.
My soul clings to thee;
thy right hand upholds me.

But those who seek to destroy my life
shall go down into the depths of the earth;
they shall be given over to the power of the sword,
they shall be prey for jackals.
But the king shall rejoice in God;
all who swear by him shall glory;
for the mouths of liars will be stopped.

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Feel free to share your favorites with me! I'd love to know!

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