This Daily Devotion is to help our members and others reflect on the understanding of Christian service to our Lord.

Devotion for Sunday, August 7, 2022

The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite, Msgr. George Appleyard

July 21

An Invitation to Prayer

Wisdom and insight are found
in the company of the wise.
—And the wise do not turn a deaf ear

to the mouth of the Lord. ​(Prov. 24:7) Let us listen to the Word of God!

Psalm 53(54)

O God, save me by your name,
and decide for me in your power.
O God, hear my payer,
and listen to the words from my mouth. For foreigners have risen up against me, and the mighty seek my life.
They do not keep God in mind.

Look! God helps me,
and the Lord sustains my life.
He will return evil on my enemies.
Wipe them out in your truth!
I will freely offer sacrifice to you
and acknowledge your name,
for it is good, O Lord.
For you have rescued me from all affliction
and my eyes have looked down on my enemies.

From Basil’s Homily Against Anger, ​sec. 2.
Who could adequately describe the evil of someone with a quick temper taking offense at some random excuse and set off shouting and fulminating, and enraged worse than a wild beast? Such an individual is not stopped until incurable harm is done, as though a dam of anger boils and bursts, and stewing phlegm pours out. Here neither the point of the sword, nor fire, nor any other frightening thing, is sufficient to hold in check the soul driven mad by anger any more than these things can restrain those possessed by the demons—which they closely resemble in both appearance and disposition. In those eager for revenge, the blood around the heart boils as if agitated and erupting from a raging fire.

A Prayer by St. Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me so love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is error, truth;

where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master,

grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand; to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.