Praying the Psalms

Praying the Psalms
By the Rev. Deacon Patricia Marks
Posted June 5, 2013

The Rev. Deacon Patricia Marks

“Praying the Psalms” is my summer discipline, a way of both weaving the words of the psalms into my life and trying to answer the question of how to pray some of the more difficult passages. This online four-week course is offered by Monasteries of the Heart, a group that I have mentioned before. Each week, it highlights a different psalm with three short audio reflections by Sister Joan Chittister, along with several brief meditations by spiritual guides from a variety of paths of belief. It is one of the ongoing courses offered by the Benedictine sisters, and as I look at the descriptions of some of the others, including “The Gift of Years,” I think I will continue to join in. Whether or not you choose to participate in the on-line discussion, the questions that are posed are provocative and evocative, encouraging a reassessment of one’s direction in life, and calling us, as the Monastery of the Heart prayer says, to have hearts . . .

where all may enter in,

ears to hear your call,

hands to do your will,

voices to sing your praise

and soul enough
 to recognize You

in everything we do.