Have you ever blamed God for the way your life is going? Have you ever stopped to think that maybe you are the one who is responsible? Well, at such times it is always a good idea to turn to one of the Psalms for inspiration, to focus on what God has and is doing for you right this moment!

This Sunday’s Psalm[1] might be just the one to choose! Your soul can cry out “My soul, give thanks to the Lord, all my being, bless his holy name. My soul give thanks to the Lord and never forget all his blessings.[2] How easy it is to forget the Lord’s blessings, we can do it all the time.

But why should we be praising God, blessing his holy name, never forgetting all his blessings? The next verses tell us why – “The Lord is compassion and love, slow to anger and rich in mercy.[3]  St. Robert Bellarmine in his commentary on this line explains that “Compassionate in Hebrew signifies the tender and intimate love a parent feels for its own children.[4]

The Lord is not a distant God. God the Father through Jesus Christ is merciful. He is waiting to pour out His abundant graces upon you each moment. Someone once gave me this little adage “Nothing can trouble a soul that accepts every moment of every day as a gift from God.

Sr. Rosaleen Shaw OP


[1] Psalm 102:1-4, 8.10. 12-13, Response Verse 8

[2] Ps.102:1-2

[3] Ps.102:8

[4] https://thedivinelamp.wordpress.com/2016/12/04/st-robert-bellarmines-commentary-on-psalm-103/