Praying the Psalms

Anyone who prays the Psalms over a period of time is bound to have some favorites. As a Franciscan and a Scripture scholar, I would like to share my personal favorites. “The Lord is my shepherd.” —Psalm 23 As Christians, we especially think of Jesus. He is our good shepherd and pursues us even when...

We Belong to God

Recently, one of our friars said this in a homily: “It does not matter who we are, but whose we are.” I think what he was trying to tell us is that the most important reality of our identity is that we belong to God. Once we really believe that, and appreciate what it means, everything else falls...

The Challenge of Grace

I have been obsessed lately by the statement in Georges Bernanos’ book The Diary of a Country Priest, also found in a biography about Flannery O’Connor:  “Everything is grace.” It’s a challenge to see grace everywhere, especially in difficult times. Yet grace is everywhere,...

Psalm 37

This psalm is sometimes called a wisdom psalm. It is not a prayer, but contains advice and reflections. As we read it today, we might think of the words as coming from a teacher instructing students. First is a warning about evildoers, a warning that continues throughout the psalm. Such people may seem to be...

Psalm 36

The first 10 verses of this psalm are a meditation.  The author observes both the wicked and the good.  He considers their relationship to God. Sin gets into the heart of the wicked and drives God out of their lives.  They have no fear (or reverence) for God.  God means nothing to them.  Far from...

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