To attain spiritual enlightenment and become
a person of recollected interior life, you should take one or the other of
holy Scripture and, for as long a period as possible, concentrate on that
alone all your power of attention and meditation; then the light of
understanding will be revealed to you.
Pg. 150, The Way of a Pilgrim, Billy
Thus says the LORD the God of hosts:
Woe to the complacent in Zion!
Lying upon beds of ivory, stretched comfortably on their couches, they eat
lambs taken from the flock,
and calves from the stall!
Improvising to the music of the harp, like David, they devise their own
They drink wine from bowls and anoint themselves with the best oils; yet
they are not made ill by the collapse of Joseph!
Therefore, now they shall be the first to go into exile,
and their wanton revelry shall be done away with.
146:7, 8-9, 9-10)
Praise the Lord, my soul!
who keeps faith forever,
secures justice for the oppressed,
gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets captives free.
The LORD gives sight
to the blind.
The LORD raises up those who were bowed down;
the LORD loves the just.
The LORD protects strangers.
The fatherless and the
widow he sustains,
but the way of the wicked he thwarts.
The LORD shall reign forever;
your God, O Zion, through all generations. Alleluia.
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
But you, man of God,
devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness.
Compete well for the faith.
Lay hold of eternal life, to which you were called
when you made the noble confession in the presence of many witnesses.
I charge you before God, who gives life to all things,
and before Christ Jesus, who gave testimony under Pontius Pilate for the
noble confession, to keep the commandment without stain or reproach until
the appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ that the blessed and only ruler
will make manifest at the proper time,
the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells
in unapproachable light, and whom no human being has seen or can see.
To him be honor and eternal power. Amen.
Jesus said to the
"There was a rich man who dressed in purple garments and fine linen and
dined sumptuously each day. And lying at his door was a poor man named
Lazarus, covered with sores, who would gladly have eaten his fill of the
scraps that fell from the rich man's table.
Dogs even used to come and lick his sores. When the poor man died, he was
carried away by angels to the bosom of Abraham.
The rich man also died and was buried, and from the netherworld, where he
was in torment, he raised his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at
And he cried out, 'Father Abraham, have pity on me.
Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for
I am suffering torment in these flames.'
Abraham replied, 'My child, remember that you received what was good
during your lifetime while Lazarus likewise received what was bad; but now
he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented.
Moreover, between us and you a great chasm is established to prevent
anyone from crossing who might wish to go from our side to yours or from
your side to ours.
He said, 'Then I beg you, father, send him to my father's house, for I
brothers, so that he
may warn them, lest they too come to this place of torment.'
But Abraham replied, 'They have Moses and the prophets. Let them listen
He said, 'Oh no, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to
them, they will repent.'
Then Abraham said, 'If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets,
neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.'"
for CP Groups
Contemplative Outreach of Dallas