Psalm 119: Sweet Word

Memorial of Saint Clare, Virgin

August 11, 2020


Today, in God’s Lavish Mercy, on this feast of the beautiful St. Clare, we pray with Psalm 119. How perfect is the response phrase from our psalm!

How sweet to my taste is your promise!


Last night, we watched an old Colombo movie in which one of the characters was a vintner who had developed a peerless taste for fine wine. He could identify every detail – year, grape, region, price. He was the consummate connoisseur.

As I prayed this morning’s psalm, it struck me that through the intentional practice of prayer, we become connoisseurs of the spirit. We are able to discern ever more delicately those realities which carry grace to our souls.

How sweet to my palate are your promises,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!


As we deepen in spirit, we purify our taste from all that is not peace, goodness, justice, mercy, and charity. We let go of things that distract our souls from Love.

The law of your mouth is to me more precious
than thousands of gold and silver pieces.


By our choices for what is truly precious, we build a legacy of sacred joy which sustains us throughout our lives:

Your decrees are my inheritance forever;
the joy of my heart they are.


from National Shine, Detroit

Poetry: from Clare of Assisi 

We become what we love 
and who we love shapes what we become. 
If we love things, we become a thing. 
If we love nothing, we become nothing. 
Imitation is not a literal mimicking of Christ, 
rather it means becoming the image of the beloved, 
an image disclosed through transformation. 
This means we are to become vessels
of God's compassionate love for others.

Music: Mirror of Eternity (Clare of Assisi) – sung by John Michael Talbot

Place your mind before the mirror of eternity!
Place your soul in the brilliance of glory!
Place your heart in the figure of the divine substance!
And transform your whole being into the image of the Godhead Itself
      through contemplation!
So that you too may feel what His friends feel
      as they taste the hidden sweetness
      which God Himself has reserved
      from the beginning
      for those who love Him
~ Clare of Assisi

10 thoughts on “Psalm 119: Sweet Word

  1. Renee
    We used Lavishmercy
    To pray with Elaine Kelly on her journey to
    Jesus
    The songs and readings
    We’re beautiful luv u
    You were in my prayers
    As we prayed. BJ

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  2. Renee what a blessing it was to be able to use Lavish Mercy the last three days of Elaine’s life Each day was so appropriate for where she was on her journey. Thank you so much for your gift of words and your ability to find the right songs. It was truly a blessing to be there

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      1. I am Elaine’s sister. She introduced me to Lavish Mercy several month’s ago. I pray it daily as I continue my own journey. Thank you for sharing your gift.
        It was a sacred experience for me to be with Elaine as she completed her journey.
        Gratefully,
        Judy

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      2. Dear Judy, I know you were a beautiful gift to Elaine, as she was to you. My love and prayers are with you, as well as my deep gratitude for being included in Elaine’s prayerful and loving home going.

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