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as the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants after you, God.

My soul thirsts for God, the living God.  When shall I come and appear before God?

My tears have been my food day and night, while the continually ask me, “Where is your God?”

These things I remember, and I pour out my soul within me, how I used to go with the crowd, and led then to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, a mulititude keeping a holy day.

Why are you in despair, my soul?  Why are you disturbed within me?  Hope in God!  For I shall praise him for the saving help of his presence.  (Psalm 42:1-6 WEB Bible)

Vindicate me, God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation.  Oh, deliver me from deceitful and wicked men.

For you are the God of my strength.  Why have you rejected me?  Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of my enemy?

Oh, send your light and your truth.  Let them lead me.  Let them bring me to your holy hill, to your tents.

Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my exceeding joy.   I will praise you on the harp, God, my God.

Why are you in despair my soul?  Why are you disturbed within me?  Hope in God!  For I shall still praise him: my savior,  my helper, and my God.  (Psalm 43 WEB Bible)

For Pope John Paul II’s commentary on Psalm 42 go here.   And for Psalm 43, here.

Pierce, O most sweet Lord Jesus Christ, mine inmost soul with the most joyous and healthful wound of thy love, with true, serene, and most holy apostolic charity, that my soul may ever languish and melt with love and longing for Thee, that it may yearn for Thee and faint for Thy courts, and long to be disolved and to be with Thee.  Read the rest of the prayer here.
I’m told by Mister Gerald Augustinus, who seems to know a good bit about photography, that this picture was underexposed. I think it’s a great picture.  Our church is usually dimly lit which gives it a kind of solemn atomosphere, and this picture conveys a feeling of “being there.”  At least that’s my opinion.

I think my screw up was rather fortunate.  Notice how a light seems to be emminating from the altar table where the sacrament is confected.  That could not have worked out better if I had planned it.  I suspect what you’re seeing is the reflection of my camera flash of the Chi Rho symbol which is under the main altar.

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