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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for February 27, 2020

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THURSDAY, February 27

Ephesians 5:18b-19 But be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns, and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts.

From The Archives: September 23, 1959

One of the victims of the Nazi tyranny was a Christian pastor who was jailed and deprived of all books. He lived to tell his story, and he recalls how grateful he was that he had memorized so much of the Bible and so many hymns. This enabled him during the long solitary stretches to “speak to himself in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in his heart to the Lord.” It wonderfully sustained him.

There is much to be said for the old-fashioned principle that any good thing should be memorized. You have your favorite psalms, scriptures, and hymns. Do you know them by heart? Is your memory richly stocked with the songs of your faith? You can always add to your treasury. You will never regret it.

MOVING FORWARD: Ad majoram Dei gloriam is the motto of the Society of Jesus. Research this phrase and think about how you might add it to your Lenten discipline.

Read the contemporary reflection here.

PRAY for the Diocese Ilesa (Nigeria)

Ps 37:1-18 * 37:19-42 | Habakkuk 3:1-10(11-15)16-18 | Philippians 3:12-21 | John 17:1-8

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