A bunch of poems are sandwiched between Job and Proverbs in the Old Testament. Scholars believe they were written both during King David’s time and decades later, by indeterminate authors.
They are the Psalms, and have been prayed for 2500 years.
What are they, exactly? Just a collection of complicated verses from long ago? Or sentiments that express every single human emotion, as fresh today as when they were written? Continue Reading
By Sister Marianne Burkhard, OSB
When we sing the psalms during our Liturgy of the Hours, we praise God with the psalter (the book of psalms). St. Augustine says we also praise God with the “psalter of our hands.”
What does that mean? Continue Reading
Sandwiched between Job and Proverbs in the Old Testament, scholars believe the Psalms were written both during King David’s time, and one or two hundred years later, by indeterminate authors.
Jews have been praying them for 2500 years; Christians, since the time of Christ.
But why? What are the Psalms but a collection of hard-to-understand poems from a time utterly different from our own? What gives them their life? Of what importance can they be to us, today? Continue Reading