Cleansing Fire

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Psalm 1: Beatus Vir

September 28th, 2009, Promulgated by Gen

We will be starting an occaisional article here in which a psalm will be posted and readers are invited to draw from it whatever they might be able to. Many of the psalms have a great deal of relevance to those of us who are exiles, oppressed in certain parishes, berated for our orthodoxy etc . . . Please feel free to post your thoughts on the psalm in the comment box below.

We will cover all 150 Psalms, so we will start at the very beginning with the first psalm.

Psalm 1
1 Blessed is the man who hath not walked in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stood in the way of sinners, nor sat in the chair of pestilence:
2 But his will is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he shall meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree which is planted near the running waters, which shall bring forth its fruit, in due season. And his leaf shall not fall off: and all whatsoever he shall do shall prosper.
4 Not so the wicked, not so: but like the dust, which the wind driveth from the face of the earth.
5 Therefore the wicked shall not rise again in judgment: nor sinners in the council of the just.
6 For the Lord knoweth the way of the just: and the way of the wicked shall perish.



3 Responses to “Psalm 1: Beatus Vir”

  1. Persis says:

    Great idea!!
    I have always loved the Psalms, and have an even greater appreciation for them since I started doing the Liturgy of the Hours about a year ago.

    Looking forward to hearing what inspires others.

    Also, a note to Nerina, please e-mail me at, I would like to share with you my thoughts on the CMA.

    Peace to you all!
    Happy Monday!

  2. Anonymous says:

    The Psalm to me conveys a sense of hope for those who follow the ways of the Lord; those who are just and good and faithful. Those who do not follow the Lord's path, will instead fail to attain everlasting life. We must keep to the Lord's path, and not fall into the trap of sinfulness, lest we lose our lives.

  3. Gen says:

    I particularly like, "For the Lord knoweth the way of the just: and the way of the wicked shall perish."

    I think the Psalms are, aside from the Gospels, my favorite book of the Bible. Each one is so relevant.

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