Thought of the Day May 2, 2018 Praise of God

By 11:28 AM

This is what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says about praise of God.
CCC2639: “Praise is the form of prayer which recognizes most immediately that God is God. It lauds God for his own sake and gives him glory, quite beyond what he does, but simply because HE IS. It shares in the blessed happiness of the pure of heart who love God in faith before seeing him in glory. By praise, the Spirit is joined to our spirits to bear witness that we are children of God, testifying to the only Son in whom we are adopted and by whom we glorify the Father. Praise embraces the other forms of prayer and carries them toward him who is its source and goal: the “one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist.”  

The prayer of praise is pure worship and adoration of the One who is the beginning and end of all things. It is probably what Jesus meant when he said that the Father is worshiped in Spirit and truth. This is another way of saying that we offer to God a sacrifice of praise. For when we  praise God, we are extolling and rejoicing in his greatness as The Other.  “For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods” (1 Chronicles 16:25).  Spend some quality time today praising God for who he is. 

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