Give glory and eternal praise to him.

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Gift:  Wisdom– With the gift of wisdom, we see God at work in our lives and in the world. For the wise person, the wonders of nature, historical events, and the ups and downs of our lives take on deeper meaning. The matters of judgment about the truth, and being able to see the image of God.

Reading:  “You heavens, bless the Lord, praise and exalt him above all forever.”  (Daniel 3:59)

Observation:  In honor of Saint Cecilia, who we celebrate her memorial in the church today, I chose to journal on the part of the Mass readings today that are most like a song, since she is known as the patroness of church music.  The title may look

St. Cecilia, the focus of the Second Nun's Tale

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yesterday, but as we were responding about glory and praise for ever yesterday, we are responding in today’s Mass saying, “Give glory and eternal praise to him.”  If we as believers choose to praise and exalt our Lord forever, including now, we will be choosing to be a part of the kingdom of heaven.

Personification:  Gentleness  It is my choice, by the grace of God, to display the fruit of gentleness today.  It is my hope that no matter what comes my way, I will remember that the Lord is deserving of praise and exaltation for ever, and not my whining or upset feelings about anything that may inevitably befall me today.

Prayer:  Lord, help me to stay focused on you today and let your praises be always on my lips and thoughts of your glory be always on my mind and let your love reside forever in my heart for everyone.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit.  Amen.

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