Monasteries of the Heart

Prayer: Week of August 1

Psalm 2
Why this turmoil among the nations,
among peoples this useless murmuring?
They arise, the rulers of the earth,
and plot against God and the anointed:
"Come, let us break their binding chains;
come, let us cast off this yoke."

The Eternal One looks on them and laughs,
laughs them to scorn.
With sharp words of warning God speaks:
"It is I who have chosen the Anointed One
on Zion, my holy mountain."

I will announce the decree of the Holy One
who said to me,
"You are mine.
It is I who have begotten you this day.
Ask and I shall give you the nations
as your inheritance.
With a rule of justice you will be firm
and shatter evil like a potter's jar."

Now, O rulers, understand and take warning.
Serve God in awe and reverence,
giving honor and praise,
so that you do not perish from the just way.
Happy are all who put their trust in God.

Faith cannot manifest itself in a person without being accompanied by fear, for egoism bows only to fear.
The Talmud