Ignatius writes that “Man’s purpose is to praise reverence and serve God and by this means save his soul.”

A quaint little “secret” that the Trappists have found is that they have centered their lives around one of the most pleasant gifts available to the Christian.  That is, in the psalms, it feels wonderful to praise God. Now I don’t mean this in a pious or “cheesy” way. I mean, just like Ignatius says so directly, that we are made to praise God.

That is, we fit like a “lock and key” into the prayer of the psalmist as he cries to God, searches for God, and ultimately praises God for what the Lord has done.

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