Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Persevering through the Psalms in the Life of Prayer

February 2008

February 16“The psalms train us in the very prayer of Jesus, for it is to the Psalter that he turns on the cross. As we are absorbed into the Psalter, our religious imaginations are fused to his. Just as important is the way the repetition of psalm and canticle shape us to find our way forward through rather than around, above, or underneath the given form of the scriptural witness. ... And the effect is significant, for when we look up from the Psalter and cast our eyes on the cross, this life of prayer has trained us to look into the fathomless depths of his crucified form rather than compulsively searching for brighter, more pleasant alternatives.” — R. R. Reno, The Daily Office