Psalms And Canticles: Meditations And Catechesis On The Psalms And Canticles Of Morning Prayer

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LiturgyTrainingPublications, 2004 - 286 pages
In this volume, John Paul II devotes himself to promoting the Liturgy of the Hours as a prayer of the whole People of God. The Holy Father provides enlightening reflections on each of the Psalms and Canticles, leading the reader to deeper meditation and understanding. As prayers, the Psalms take us through the whole range of life experiences. These reflections, originally delivered at the pope's weekly Wednesday audiences, will be an invaluable companion to those who pray the breviary or simply love the scriptures. For your convenience, this book contains the Psalms and Canticles of the four-week cycle of Morning Prayer. Book jacket.

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Contents

Introduction
7
Sunday Psalm 6229
22
Wednesday Psalm 35
35
Friday Psalm 50
50
Saturday Psalm 118145152
79
Sunday Psalm 117
95
Wednesday Psalm 76
120
Friday Psalm 50
136
Saturday Psalm 91
150
Monday Psalm 83
168
Wednesday Psalm 85
187
Friday Psalm 50
205
Sunday Psalm 117
223
Tuesday Psalm 100
238
Thursday Psalm 142111
256
Saturday Psalm 91
273

The Third Week
148

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About the author (2004)

Pope John Paul II was born Karol Wojtyla on May 18, 1920 in Wadowice, Poland. He studied poetry and drama at Jagiellonian University. During World War II, he worked in a stone quarry and chemical factory while preparing for the priesthood. He received a Ph.D. from Rome's Angelicum Institute and a doctorate in theology at the Catholic University of Lublin. He was ordained in 1946 and became Auxiliary Bishop of Krakow in 1958. He was a university chaplain and taught ethics at Krakow and Lublin. In 1964, he became Archbishop of Krakow and in 1967, a Cardinal. On October 16, 1978, he was elected as the first non-Italian Pope since 1523. On May 13, 1981, Pope John Paul II was shot in an assassination attempt entering St. Peter's Square in the Vatican, but recovered fully. During the 1980's and 90's, the Pope visited Africa, Asia, the Americas and in 1993, to the Baltic republics, which was the first Papal visit to countries of the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). He greatly influenced the restoring of democracy and religious freedom in Eastern Europe and reaffirmed the Roman Catholic teachings against homosexuality, abortion, "artificial" methods of reproduction, birth control and priest celibacy. He rejected the ordination of women and opposed direct political participation and office holding of priests. His extensive ethical and theological writings included Fruitful and Responsible Love, Sign of Contradiction, Redemptor Hominis (Redeemer of Man), Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life), and Ut Unum Sint (That They May Be One). After developing septic shock, he died on April 2, 2005. He was proclaimed venerable by Pope Benedict XVI on December 19, 2009 and was beatified on May 1, 2011.

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