Psalm 73, Today

The mind boggles at the sheer arrogance and backwardness of so many of our political leaders. Yet these forces are seeing many victories at the higher levels of societies—governments, huge NGOs, multinational organizations. They have the money and the power, without a doubt.

But they do not have God, and God will not sit idly by as He is mocked and rejected. Throughout Scripture and into the modern era His preference is to work through His faithful ones, to call them to repentance and conversion in order to align them with His will. Yet it is foolish to think that He is watching all of these turns of events with indifference.

In fact, He has made it clear that none of this is new, and that He is not simply watching. From Psalm 73:

For I was envious of the arrogant, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. For they have no pangs; their bodies are sound and sleek. They are not in trouble as other men are; they are not stricken like other men. Therefore pride is their necklace; violence covers them as a garment. Their eyes swell out with fatness, their hearts overflow with follies. They scoff and speak with malice; loftily they threaten oppression. They set their mouths against the heavens, and their tongue struts through the earth. Therefore the people turn and praise them; and find no fault in them.
But what does Our Lord say to those who feel that “all day long I have been stricken, and chastened every morning”?
[U]ntil I went into the sanctuary of God; then I perceived their end. Truly thou dost set them in slippery places; thou dost make them fall to ruin. How they are destroyed in a moment, swept away utterly by terrors! They are like a dream when one awakes, on awaking you despise their phantoms.
Whom have I in heaven but thee? And there is nothing upon earth that I desire besides thee. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever. For lo, those who are far from thee shall perish; thou dost put an end to those who are false to thee. But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, that I may tell of all thy works.

Brothers and sisters, we tell the truth in love because we want even those we oppose to come to the Truth. But we cannot despair over what seems like their victories, for we know God is at work as well. We continue to pray and listen, to be joyful and lift one another up. Thank you for praying for me! Know that you are in my prayers as well, together with the prayers of HLI’s network of missionaries around the world.

About Fr. Shenan J. Boquet

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet has served as president of Human Life International since 2011. He was ordained in 1993 as a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana. As HLI’s president, Fr. Boquet collaborates with fellow laborers in the pro-life and family movement in over 80 countries, offering the Sacraments, giving seminars and trainings, appearing on numerous media outlets, and encouraging people of all walks of life to live as faithful advocates for a Culture of Life and Love. He is available for interviews and bookings on behalf of HLI by emailing

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  1. GS on May 13, 2016 at 1:55 PM

    This topic has been strong on my heart also for quite some time. It calls to mind the text: “We fight not against flesh and blood.” I also think of the reference to Lot in 2Ptr, how he suffered the evil around him. I am aware of a whole village that were martyred for their Catholic faith during WWII from a dear friend who is the sole survivor of this holocaust. The grave evil of Nazi-ism destroyed a large portion of the people and a graver evil of Russian communism destroyed whatever they could find of the rest. That promise of Psalm 73 for most of us and these martyrs certainly will come not in this life but in the next. We labor hard to obtain a shadow of the promise now. Then, we will receive it in full. What we do now by faith is the substance of what we do not yet see. We persevere because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through Jesus Christ our Lord and which we will celebrate this Sunday in the solemnity of the Pentecost. Authentic married love is caught up in divine love says the Catechism. In the spousal mystery of the Church, that means that through the Holy Spirit we are caught up in the love of the Father for the Son and the Son for the Father, and as it is, In the Holy Spirit, the Father loves the Son through the Church and the Son loves the Father through the Church, and the same for spouses in the sacrament of Matrimony in a very special way. It is this love that gives us hope for the conversion of the wicked and also is our refuge and strength in this life and hope for the life to come.

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