Enjoying the Psalms Today
Led by Fr. Craig Morrison, O. Carm.
July 23-26, 2015
Retreat begins Thursday with dinner at 5:30 PM and ends Sunday with lunch
The Psalms trace the deepest longings of the human heart. There are psalms of joy (Psalm 145), psalms of discernment (Psalm 139), psalms of despair and hope (Psalm 22), and psalms of praise. For centuries, the 23rd psalm, “The Lord is my Shepherd”, has comforted millions at the hour of their death. Standing at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Pope Francis prayed Psalm 122: “Now our feet are standing within your gates, Jerusalem.” As he was dying, Jesus cried out the first line of Psalm 22, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” The psalms provide us with the language for meeting life as most profound experiences.
During these days together we will study and pray the psalms. I will provide some background information on the history of the Psalms and on Hebrew poetry in general. But we will also experience the psalm, praying them with music and imagery.
Fr. Craig Morrison, a Carmelite priest, is a biblical scholar, writer, and lecturer working at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome