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You Set My Heart Free

I used to think the rules were there To save me from my freedom and make me good To keep my feelings in their place, and never let my will escape To never choose, but just obey – I thought surrender was that way. I used to think that freedom meant to leave the trail and wander by myself To […]

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Psalm 42

I say to God my rock, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about taunted by my enemy?” Voices question me, saying, Where is your God? Where is your God? Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls And all of your waves have swept over me No piece of myself is the way that it […]

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God breathing

Psalm 33:6, ICEL God speaks: the heavens are made; God breathes: the stars shine. About 10,000 galaxies appear in the Hubble ultra-deep-field image. A detail is shown to the left, and the full image is at the bottom of this post. It’s a real picture, not an artist’s rendition, and some of the galaxies in it are more than 13 […]

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Strong the love embracing us

Praise! Give glory to God! Nations, peoples, give glory! Strong the love embracing us. Faithful the Lord for ever. (Ps. 117, ICEL) The ICEL Psalter, published in 1994 “for study and comment,” bears the imprimatur, a declaration from the Catholic church that a book is free of moral and doctrinal error. The imprimatur was revoked in 1998, apparently because of the translators’ […]

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The soul mirror

Psalm 69:18, ICEL Face me, I am desperate. The first time I walked the outdoor labyrinth at Mercy Center Burlingame was the first time I walked any labyrinth. I had no expectations. Right away, the path led me close to the center, which surprised me. Here so soon? But the path kept going, so I kept going. I turned, turned again, turned […]

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