The Psalms: Human Voices of Prayer and Suffering

By Carmel McCarthy RSM

Praying with the psalms is a privileged way of becoming attuned to God's presence in today's world and in the life of the person at prayer. They enable us to bring our sense of puzzlement or of frustration into the presence of God. They express trust; they provide moments of repentance; they open up our search for God. With them, we can make a petition, and we can offer words of praise and celebration and thanksgiving.  And they make the reader part of a great chorus of psalm-users, going back over 2,50 years, remembering that Jesus himself grew up learning and praying the psalms. 

Carmel McCarthy RSM has combined decades of working with lectio and retreat groups with a distinguished academic career.



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