Sing a New Psalm: Communicating with God
Through the Prayers of the Church
This online supplemental material coordinates with the lesson that can be found on pages 96–99 of Sing a New Psalm: Communicating with God Through the Prayers of the Church. The study is based on The Revised Grail Psalms, the English translation of the Psalms approved by the Church for liturgical use. In addition to differences in wording of the biblical texts, other translations also may vary in the way that they number some Psalms and verses.
welcome to our study of the Book of the Psalms
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what does integrity of heart require?
Tami Palladino’s illustration captures two aspects of behaving with integrity. The glorious sunrise toward which the figure is heading indicates the hopeful future in store for the righteous. In addition to the early hour, the road ahead indicates that a commitment to moral behavior places us on a long journey that will have its ups and downs before we reach our destination. What specific things would you need to do if you decided to echo the Psalmist’s vow to walk with a blameless heart from this point on in your life? What sort of help from God would you need in order to purify your motives? How can you go about asking God for such help? Click on the image to enlarge Tami’s illustration, which appears on page 97 of Sing a New Psalm: Communicating with God Through the Prayers of the Church.
WHAT DO YOU THINK about other Christians imitating you?
“Imitating the Faithful” on page 97 of Sing a New Psalm: Communicating with God Through the Prayers of the Church examines the idea of looking to the faithful of the land as models of moral behavior, something suggested in Psalm 101:6. In the New Testament, Paul takes this concept a daring step forward when in his First Letter to the Corinthians 4:16 he writes to the early Christians: “I urge you then, be imitators of me.”
? What obstacles might prevent contemporary Christians you know from setting themselves up as models of moral behavior?
? What do you think exemplary moral behavior looks like in the present day?
? Whom do you know who might serve as a model for others?
? In what ways might you serve as an exemplary Christian?
? What might prevent you from being someone other Christians should imitate?
the popes inspire us—is your heart broken?
Perhaps it’s time to allow God to mend your heart. Take a few minutes to read “God Heals the Brokenhearted” on page 99 of Sing a New Psalm: Communicating with God Through the Prayers of the Church. Pope St. John Paul II teaches that not only does God heal those whose hearts are broken, sometimes it’s hearts swollen with pride that need to be broken before healing can occur. What forms of healing have you experienced through your Catholic faith?
you could look it up—what does it mean to be justified in faith?
Psalm 101 urges imitating the faithful. How would you define Christian faith, and what do you think is the point of being faithful? To what does your faith lead? To learn Paul’s thinking regarding the link between faith and justification, read Lost in Translation, an online column in which Turning to God’s Word author Matthew Phelps helps readers connect with ancient ideas expressed in the original Scriptures. New entries are posted on Tuesdays. If you’d like to receive Matthew’s comments about biblical languages by email each week, there’s a sign-up form next to the searchable archives.
WHAT DO YOU THINK about calumny, detraction & rash judgment?
Can you distinquish between these three without looking at paragraph 2477 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church?
? Do you know which of these are sinful even though they involve telling the truth?
? Under what circumstances are you most tempted to engage in calumny, detraction, or rash judgment?
? What can you do to lessen the chances of committing one of these sins?
? How can you help others to avoid calumny, detraction, or rash judgment?
close with a Psalms-based prayer for Thursday Lauds (Week II)
Many of our Catholic study groups like to conclude their discussions with a prayer based on the scriptural focus of their lesson. If you’re uncomfortable composing your own Bible-based prayers, you can follow our four easy steps. If you prefer, you can pray any of the Psalms in this lesson, or you can use the following short prayer.
O loving and faithful God,
you help us stay on the path of blamelessness
as we make our way through life.
Grant that our efforts to uproot evil from our own lives
will lead others to wish to imitate us.
We ask this in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ,
our model of perfect love. Amen.
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