Mercy in the Morning

It is good to give praise to the Lord:

and to sing to thy name, O most High.

To show forth thy mercy in the morning,

and thy truth in the night.

Psalm 91:1-2

Among my early morning prayers is one commissioned for daily recitation by members of the Confraternity of St. Peter.

Although I would not attribute any significance to the groggy amblings of my half-caffeinated brain, it is good to know that my offering is magnified by combination with that of a host of others, united in gratitude for the work of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.

This society of priests, devoted to the glory of God and sanctification of souls through the celebration of the traditional Catholic Mass and sacraments, was founded in 1988 under the auspices of St. John Paul II. Its very name signifies an intense filial bond to St. Peter and his successors on the Holy Throne.

The confraternity prayer asks the “Almighty and everlasting God” to “have mercy on [his] servant, Francis, our Supreme Pontiff,” directing him “in the ways of eternal salvation,” and begging that, of divine gift, “he may ever desire that which is pleasing unto [God] and may accomplish it with all his might.”

As the good priests of the Fraternity are well aware, there are ominous signs that the Holy Father for whom they faithfully pray, and recruit others to pray, is contemplating steps intended to impede the growth of their apostolate, or even (God forfend) wipe it off the map.

Unless the present train of events is mercifully modified, it seems that trumped up calumnies may be used to excuse the merciless suppression of a movement whose deepest wish is to unleash the infinite mercy of God, through the mediation of Holy Church, upon a world desperately in need of it.

To my knowledge, these hearty souls have not yet flinched. Surely they know, as the Psalmist implies, that if God’s mercy is to show forth in the morning, there must first precede a period of night.

In the darkness of night we cannot see the mercy of God, but by faith we are able to see, and show forth, his unfailing truth.

“The senseless man shall not know: nor will the fool understand,” when the faithful rejoice in the works of the Lord, before those works are manifested to all by the morning light (Ps. 91:7, 5).

In the meantime, we have God’s promise that his enemies shall one day perish. Unless they too repent and learn to beseech his mercy, the light of that approaching day will find the eyes of the just looking down upon them (Ps. 91:10, 12).

Those who desire the mercy of God must remain “planted in the house of the Lord” (Ps. 91:14). Rooted in God’s truth, they need not despair at enduring a season of darkness, for his mercy is coming as surely as the rising of the sun.

For those properly planted, those morning rays will enable us to “grow up like the cedar of Libanus,” mercifully confirming that “the Lord our God is righteous, and there is no iniquity in him” (Ps. 91:13, 15).

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