Thought of the Day January 20, 2021 Praise and salvation

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" A text of the Eucharistic liturgy invites us to pray to God in this way. It says this: 'Although you have no need of our praise, yet our thanksgiving is itself your gift, since our praises add nothing to your greatness, but profit us for salvation'(Roman Missal, Common Preface IV). By giving praise, we are saved. The prayer of praise serves us. The Catechism defines it this way--the prayer of praise 'shares in the blessed happiness of the pure of heart who love God in faith before seeing Him in glory' (#2639)." (Pope Francis)

The prayer of praise opens up our hearts to God in a way that we can receive his love more. The sun is beaming brilliantly above me, but if I am locked up in a windowless room, I do not receive its light or warmth. The same is true if we are more focus on ourselves in prayer, our needs, rather than on the person of God. But if instead I focus on praising God, trusting in his mercy and love, then my arms and heart are open wide before the Lord. He knows my needs and loves me. Spend some time praising God for his goodness and mercy. 

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