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Life's Courage

Life shrinks and expands in proportion to one's courage.

Anais Nin

THE SPIRIT BREATHES UPON THE WORD

September 30


THE SPIRIT BREATHES UPON THE WORD
William Cowper, 1731–1800
Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119:105)
The Bible is the only book whose Author is always present when one reads it.
—Unknown
We can never really be exposed to the truths of God’s Word without our lives being affected. Either we become more desirous of becoming like the author of the Book, or we become increasingly hardened to its truths. It has been said that we must know the Word of God in order to know the God of the Word. However, a study of God’s Word must never stop at merely gaining biblical knowledge. It must always lead us to a more intimate relationship with God Himself.
Although William Cowper, the author of this hymn text, was regarded as one of the leading English poets of his day, he suffered periods of severe depression throughout his lifetime. Yet during times of normalcy he wrote great literary works and worked with John Newton to produce the important Olney Hymns …

Catholic Lectionary

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2011 | MEMORIAL
SAINT JEROME, PRIEST AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH
YEARS 1 & 2


From Friday of the 26th Week in Ordinary Time
First Reading Baruch 1:15–22
Response Psalm 79:9
Psalm Psalm 79:1b–5, 8–9
Gospel Acclamation Psalm 95:8
Gospel Luke 10:13–16


Or from the Proper of Saints
First Reading 2 Timothy 3:14–17
Response Psalm 119:12
Psalm Psalm 119:9–14
Gospel Acclamation Acts 16:14b
Gospel Matthew 13:47–52


Catholic Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009).

The Episcopal Church, Book of Common Prayer Lectionary

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2011 | AFTER PENTECOST
PROPER 21, FRIDAY
YEAR 1

Psalms (Morning) Psalm 102
Psalms (Evening) Psalm 107:1–32
Old Testament 2 Kings 19:1–20
New Testament 1 Corinthians 9:16–27
Gospel Matthew 8:1–17


The Episcopal Church, Book of Common Prayer Lectionary (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2010).