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Sing to God with Songs of Joy
A Discourse on the Psalms by Saint Augustine (from the Office of Readings) for the Feast of St. Cecilia, Patroness of Musicians
Praise the Lord with the lyre, make melody to him with the harp of ten strings! Sing to him a new song. Rid yourself of what is old and worn out, for you know a new song. A new man, a new covenant‚ – a new song. This new song does not belong to the old man. Only the new man learns it: the man restored from his fallen condition through the grace of God, and now sharing in the new covenant, that is, the kingdom of heaven. To it all our love now aspires and sings a new song. Let us sing a new song not with our lips but with our lives.
Sing to him a new song, sing to him with joyful melody. Every one of us tries to discover how to sing to God. You must sing to him, but you must sing well. He does not want your voice to come harshly to his ears, so sing well, brothers!
If you were asked, “Sing to please this musician,” you would not like to do so without having taken some instruction in music, because you would not like to offend an expert in the art. An untrained listener does not notice the faults a musician would point out to you. Who, then, will offer to sing well for God, the great artist whose discrimination is faultless, whose attention is on the minutest detail, whose ear nothing escapes? When will you be able to offer him a perfect performance that you will in no way displease such a supremely discerning listener?
See how he himself provides you with a way of singing. Do not search for words, as if you could find a lyric which would give God pleasure. Sing to him “with songs of joy.” This is singing well to God, just singing with songs of joy.
But how is this done? You must first understand that words cannot express the things that are sung by the heart. Take the case of people singing while harvesting in the fields or in the vineyards or when any other strenuous work is in progress. Although they begin by giving expression to their happiness in sung words, yet shortly there is a change. As if so happy that words can no longer express what they feel, they discard the restricting syllables. They burst out into a simple sound of joy, of jubilation. Such a cry of joy is a sound signifying that the heart is bringing to birth what it cannot utter in words.
Now, who is more worthy of such a cry of jubilation than God himself, whom all words fail to describe? If words will not serve, and yet you must not remain silent, what else can you do but cry out for joy? Your heart must rejoice beyond words, soaring into an immensity of gladness, unrestrained by syllabic bonds. Sing to him with songs of joy.

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Sing to God with Songs of Joy

A Discourse on the Psalms by Saint Augustine (from the Office of Readings) for the Feast of St. Cecilia, Patroness of Musicians

Praise the Lord with the lyre, make melody to him with the harp of ten strings! Sing to him a new song. Rid yourself of what is old and worn out, for you know a new song. A new man, a new covenant‚ – a new song. This new song does not belong to the old man. Only the new man learns it: the man restored from his fallen condition through the grace of God, and now sharing in the new covenant, that is, the kingdom of heaven. To it all our love now aspires and sings a new song. Let us sing a new song not with our lips but with our lives.

Sing to him a new song, sing to him with joyful melody. Every one of us tries to discover how to sing to God. You must sing to him, but you must sing well. He does not want your voice to come harshly to his ears, so sing well, brothers!

If you were asked, “Sing to please this musician,” you would not like to do so without having taken some instruction in music, because you would not like to offend an expert in the art. An untrained listener does not notice the faults a musician would point out to you. Who, then, will offer to sing well for God, the great artist whose discrimination is faultless, whose attention is on the minutest detail, whose ear nothing escapes? When will you be able to offer him a perfect performance that you will in no way displease such a supremely discerning listener?

See how he himself provides you with a way of singing. Do not search for words, as if you could find a lyric which would give God pleasure. Sing to him “with songs of joy.” This is singing well to God, just singing with songs of joy.

But how is this done? You must first understand that words cannot express the things that are sung by the heart. Take the case of people singing while harvesting in the fields or in the vineyards or when any other strenuous work is in progress. Although they begin by giving expression to their happiness in sung words, yet shortly there is a change. As if so happy that words can no longer express what they feel, they discard the restricting syllables. They burst out into a simple sound of joy, of jubilation. Such a cry of joy is a sound signifying that the heart is bringing to birth what it cannot utter in words.

Now, who is more worthy of such a cry of jubilation than God himself, whom all words fail to describe? If words will not serve, and yet you must not remain silent, what else can you do but cry out for joy? Your heart must rejoice beyond words, soaring into an immensity of gladness, unrestrained by syllabic bonds. Sing to him with songs of joy.

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Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted at Ben U Mesa

The Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix, spoke during the ribbon cutting of the Benedictine University at Mesa campus, emphasizing the importance of Catholic higher education, the need for both faith and reason, and the true freedom found in the Lord.

Read more via the Cardinal Newman Society:

Bishop Olmsted: Jesus ‘Not an Elective’ for Catholic Universities

Catholics Matter 106: Rachel Campos-Duffy

Rachel Campos-Duffy joins us for another episode of Catholics Matter. She and Fr. Rob Clements discuss living out our Catholic faith within the culture that surrounds us, drawing on Campos-Duffy’s experiences with MTV.

Campos-Duffy was born in Tempe, Ariz., attended Seton Catholic High School in Chandler, and first gained fame in 1994 as a castmate on the MTV reality television series The Real World: San Francisco, before becoming a TV host and a recurring guest host on the ABC talk show The View.

She is the mother of six children, an author and married to Rep. Sean Patrick Duffy of Wisconsin.

Catholics Matter 105: Fr. Paul Sullivan

Fr. Paul Sullivan, Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Phoenix, joins Fr. Rob Clements to examine Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted’s pastoral letter, “Apostles of Mercy,” and the real-life application of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Catholics Matter 104: Rachel Campos-Duffy

Fr. Rob Clements welcomes Rachel Campos-Duffy to this episode of Catholics Matter. They discuss the role of faith, Catholic identity and culture, and the importance of the Latino community to the future of the Church.

Campos-Duffy was born in Tempe, Ariz., attended Seton Catholic High School in Chandler, and first gained fame in 1994 as a castmate on the MTV reality television series The Real World: San Francisco, before becoming a TV host and a recurring guest host on the ABC talk show The View.

She is the mother of six children, an author and married to Rep. Sean Patrick Duffy of Wisconsin.

Catholics Matter 103: Mike Phelan

Mike Phelan joins Fr. Rob Clements on this episode of Catholics Matter to talk about the Sacrament of Marriage. Phelan is the director of the Marriage and Respect Life Office for the Diocese of Phoenix.

Phelan and Fr. Clements discuss the roots of marriage, the importance of wedding vows in good times and bad, and how it all fits together with today’s culture.

Catholics Matter 101: Deacon Doug Bogart

Deacon Doug Bogart, associate director of education and formation for the Diaconate Office and permanent deacon at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, joins Fr. Rob Clements on the latest episode of Catholics Matter to talk about his journey home to the Catholic Church.

Raised in a religion-free home as a child, Deacon Bogart encountered Christ before he and his wife became an evangelical missionaries in Guatemala. While serving in Guatemala, persistent questions led the family to study Catholicism. Upon their return to the United States, the Bogarts entered the fullness of the faith in the Catholic Church. Deacon Bogart was ordained a permanent Deacon in 2004.

Catholics Matter 100: Bishop Eduardo A. Nevares

The Most Reverend Eduardo A. Nevares, auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix, joins Fr. Rob Clements on the set of Catholics Matter to talk about the diocesan Year of Faith pilgrimage.
 
Bishop Nevares will be leading a group of local Catholics on an 8-day pilgrimage to Mexico Oct. 7-14, 2013, marking the close of the Year of Faith. In that spirit, pilgrims will head into the heart of Mexico’s vibrant faith and culture. Together, pilgrims will walk in the steps of San Juan Diego as he encountered the Blessed Virgin as she appeared to him as Our Lady of Guadalupe.
 
As the Blessed Mother leads pilgrims closer to Jesus, they will pray and reflect with Bishop Nevares. Pilgrims will deepen their Catholic identity and respond to the challenge to be better stewards of God’s gracious gifts.
 
Space is limited. Register by May 6 by calling Faith Journeys at 1-877-732-4845.

Phoenix area Catholics celebrate pope’s election

At St. Mary’s High School, faculty, students and parents rejoiced following the selection of the first Latin American pope.

“I’m so excited, I felt like a sheep without a shepherd,” said the Rev. Robert Bolding, president and rector of the central Phoenix school, where classroom activities were temporarily suspended to celebrate the announcement.

Classrooms with televisions were crammed with young men and women eager to catch a glimpse of the Catholic Church’s new leader.

“I’m really looking forward to what our new pope has to bring to Latin America and the rest of world,” said St. Mary’s junior Adriana Dealba.

“I’m sure he’ll do the best for the church,” student Hector Salinas said. “This is a new beginning; hopefully, he can bring peace to Latin America and the rest of the world.”

Diocese of Phoenix expert interviewed on KPHO CBS 5 about Pope Francis

Canon law expert Nicole Delaney was featured on KPHO CBS 5 News this morning and discussed yesterday’s election of Pope Francis and what it means for the Catholic Church.