#CCLent17 / Day 24 / March 28 / Hearing Christ in the Psalms

O Lord my God, in you do I take refuge;     save me from all my pursuers and deliver me (Psalm 7:1) The Psalms are the most “human” of the Bible’s sacred texts, reflecting like a mirror every emotion and condition. Yet, as Patrick Reardon explains, there is another voice we need to hear: The humanism … Continue reading #CCLent17 / Day 24 / March 28 / Hearing Christ in the Psalms

Soul Medicine – Prescriptions from the Psalms

This week I re-read the 4th century letter of Athanasius of Alexandria written to a man named Marcellinus on the importance and use of the Psalms. It is often available as part of the his famous work, On the Incarnation. It should be in every Christian’s library.  The edition I have has an introduction by C.S. … Continue reading Soul Medicine – Prescriptions from the Psalms

Psalmody, part 7 – The Psalms: good psychologists!

I’m defining Psalmody as  “the continuous and systematic praying or singing of the Psalms.” (see all the Psalmody posts) Kathleen Norris on the mental health of praying the Psalms: In expressing all the complexities and contradictions of human experience, the Psalms act as good psychologists. (Another writer said that the Psalms touch such a range … Continue reading Psalmody, part 7 – The Psalms: good psychologists!

Psalms

Psalmody – The continuous, systematic reading and praying of the Psalms. The Psalms have always been an essential ‘engine’ used by the Holy Spirit to sustain Christians in their discipleship and transformation. Psalmody is the practice of continuously reading and praying the Psalms (whether saying or singing; whether alone or liturgically). I have collected and edited an anthology of quotations on … Continue reading Psalms

‘Psalmody’ part 1 – Christ in the Psalms

This summer I taught the morning sessions at Pilgrim Pines family camp in NH for a week in July. My theme was, Psalmody: Experiencing Christ in the Psalms.  These teachings are currently available for downloading here. I’m going to do several posts sharing some of the quotes I collected and shared that week.  I’ll send the … Continue reading ‘Psalmody’ part 1 – Christ in the Psalms

#CCLent17 / Day 34 / April 8 / “I am thirsty”

Last week, we explored Psalm 22 on the lips of Jesus (the fourth saying). The Psalm begins, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me,” and ends in triumph and hope. The fifth saying is simply, “I thirst!“ Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus … Continue reading #CCLent17 / Day 34 / April 8 / “I am thirsty”

#CCLent17 / Day 25 / March 29 / Psalm 22 on the lips of Jesus

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?     Why are you so far from saving me,     so far from my cries of anguish? (Psalm 22:1) This week we are looking at the voice of Christ in the Psalms (see Day 24). What would the disciples make of Jesus’ lament from Psalm 22, “My God, … Continue reading #CCLent17 / Day 25 / March 29 / Psalm 22 on the lips of Jesus