This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.
Devotion for Saturday, May 8, 2021
The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard
An Invitation to Prayer
Say to your neighbor, “Alleluia, praise God!”
Let your neighbor say to you, “Alleluia, praise God!”
—But let us do it wholeheartedly,
with our whole mind, all our living and all our actions.
[St. Augustine, On Psalm 148]
O God of Powers, come back;
look from heaven and see,
and attend to this vine,
and restore what your right hand has planted,
and look upon the son of man you made strong for yourself.
Scorched with fire and uprooted,
they will perish at the scowl of your face.
Let you hand be upon the man at your right,
and upon a son of man you made strong for yourself.
And we will never turn away from you.
You will revive us and we will call upon your name.
O Lord God of Powers, bring us back,
show your face and we will be saved.
From Basil’s Long Rules, Question 26
The secrets of the heart in all matter should be confided to the superior.
Any confrere who intends to make progress worth mentioning, and be proficient in a way of life that accords with the precepts of our Lord Jesus Christ, ought not conceal within himself any impulse of the soul—nor say anything carelessly—but should reveal the secrets of his heart to those of the community whose office it is to exercise a compassionate and sympathetic concern for the struggling. In this way that which is praiseworthy will be approved and that which is offensive will get the correction it merits. By the practice of such cooperative discipline we shall gradually make progress in perfection.
Lord Jesus, your Apostle James (5:16) told us to confess our sins to each other. Every time we stand together in a vigil we confess together, and admit to each other, that we have done wrong. This brings us close to the heart of the matter: that we need to explore the innermost reaches of our conscience and confess to you, and perhaps to someone who stands in your stead, a trusted acquaintance, a counselor, a therapist, a member of the clergy. Let us not become so sure of ourselves as to think we—who may be blinder than we estimate—can search the limits of our hearts all by ourselves. Amen.