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Saturday, November 17, 2007

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St. Elizabeth of Hungary

Wisdom 18:14-16; 19:6-9
Psalm 105:2-3, 36-37, 42-43
Luke 18:1-8

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"Over this crossed the whole nation sheltered by Your hand, after they beheld stupendous wonders. For they ranged about like horses, and bounded about like lambs, praising You, O Lord! their Deliverer." —Wisdom 19:8-9

The Lord has freed us not only from slavery but sin, not only from Pharaoh but Satan. The Lord has not put the enemy to death, but has become a man, loved His enemies, died for them, rose from the dead. He has given resurrection to all who believe in Him.

If Moses had reason to rejoice, we have even more cause to praise the Lord. "Let us praise Him the more, since we cannot fathom Him, for greater is He than all His works" (Sir 43:29). "Lift up your voices to glorify the Lord, though He is still beyond your power to praise; extol Him with renewed strength, and weary not, though you cannot reach the end" (Sir 43:31-32). Our entire lives and afterlives are to be devoted to praising Him. We should use every breath, every instrument, and every moment to praise Him. We praise Him in our native language and in other tongues. We praise Him with our whole bodies, "leaping and dancing before the Lord" (2 Sm 6:16), ranging like horses, bounding like lambs (Wis 19:9), "walking, jumping about, and praising God" (Acts 3:8).

Our bodies are custom-made to praise God. "You are not your own. You have been purchased, and at a price. So glorify God in your body" (1 Cor 6:19-20).

Prayer:  Jesus, may I dance before You to please and praise You.

Promise:  "I tell you, He will give them swift justice. But when the Son of Man comes, will He find any faith on the earth?" —Lk 18:8

Praise:  St. Elizabeth was married at age fourteen, was a widow and mother of three by twenty-one, and died at twenty-four as a result of caring for the sick.

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Daniel E. Pilarczyk, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 3, 2007

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