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The Discourse On Psalm One By Saint Augustine of Hippo

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With the trouble going on in the Vatican and horrible things being said and taught against the Catholic Faith by some Cardinals, Bishops and even the Holy Father, I have decided to start up our Catechism Series again, this time with the works of Saint Augustine of Hippo and I will let him introduce this in his own words:

"All the other Psalms contained in that book which according to the Church's usage is known as the Psalter, I have explained partly in sermons to the people, partly in writing, as far as I was able with the help of our Lord.  I have deferred the explanation of Psalm 118, however, not so much because of its length, which is known to all, as because of its depth, which is recognized by few.  My brethren were much concerned that an explanation of this one Psalm, which after all is a necessary part of the complete Psalter, was missing from my work.  They therefore urged me with great insistence to complete my task. . . .I have at length decided to set it out in sermons, such as the Greeks call homilies, which may be preached to the people.  For I think it better that our congregations should not be denied an understanding even of this Psalm, seeing that, as with the other Psalms, they ordinarily derive great pleasure from singing it."