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Fish Fossil

Fish Fossil by Fr. Bob Gilroy, SJ

Artist's Narrative:

“Show me Lord, my life’s end
And the number of my days;
Let me know how fleeting is my life.
You have made my days a mere handbreadth;…
Each one’s life is but a breath.”
(Psalms 39:4-5)

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PSALMS - Chapter 39:

1 For the leader, for Jeduthun. A psalm of David.
2 I said, "I will watch my ways, lest I sin with my tongue; I will set a curb on my mouth."
3 Dumb and silent before the wicked, I refrained from any speech. But my sorrow increased;
4 my heart smoldered within me. In my thoughts a fire blazed up, and I broke into speech:
5 LORD, let me know my end, the number of my days, that I may learn how frail I am.
6 You have given my days a very short span; my life is as nothing before you. All mortals are but a breath. Selah.
7 Mere phantoms, we go our way; mere vapor, our restless pursuits; we heap up stores without knowing for whom.
8 And now, Lord, what future do I have? You are my only hope.
9 From all my sins deliver me; let me not be the taunt of fools.
10 I was silent and did not open my mouth because you were the one who did this.
11 Take your plague away from me; I am ravaged by the touch of your hand.
12 You rebuke our guilt and chasten us; you dissolve all we prize like a cobweb. All mortals are but a breath. Selah.
13 Listen to my prayer, LORD, hear my cry; do not be deaf to my weeping! I sojourn with you like a passing stranger, a guest, like all my ancestors.
14 Turn your gaze from me, that I may find peace before I depart to be no more.

From New American Bible: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops