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Psalm 12 January 31, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Bible, fun, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, sanctity, Tradition.

When I was praying Compline Monday night, I read Psalm 12 for the 400th time.  I like Psalm 12, but it had never particularly moved me.  This night, it did.  I am short on time today and so cannot add much to the above.  I just thought this is a Psalm for our time – as all Psalms are.  The Psalms are gloriously inspired reflections on the exaltations and triumphs, and the disasters and defeats of human life.  The Church was indeed wise to build Her Office around them (This translation from the Baronius Press Roman Breviary):

How long, O Lord, will You utterly forget me? How long will You hide Your face from me?

How long shall I brood in my mind, and bear grief in my heart all the day long?

How long will my enemy be exalted over me?  Look down and answer me, O Lord my God?

Enlighten my eyes lest I ever sleep in death, lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed against him.”

Those who oppress me will rejoice if I am shaken, but I have trusted in Your mercy

My heart will rejoice in Your salvation; I shall sing to the Lord who has been good to me, and sing psalms to the name of the Lord most high.


This could be a Psalm for the entire Church these past several decades.  I don’t like some of the Psalm translations in the Baronius Breviary, but this one is wonderful.

UPDATE: I don’t know why I put Psalm 7 in the title!  Just to fool you!


1. Jim in Seattle - January 31, 2014

… or for saying Compline Monday nite, 12 is from Compline on Tuesday! 😉

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