Do you ever feel as if you have no friends? That you are isolated, because you can’t hear, and therefore cannot enter into a conversation? Or that you are put on a shelf because you are aging and inadvertently judged incapable? Go to the Psalms. Or perhaps you feel violated, oppressed, orphaned, angry, grateful? Perhaps confused, hurt, generous and giving? What do you do when you are experiencing any or all of these human feelings? Here is a suggestion: Go to the Psalms—150 of them—and listen to them. Really listen. Someone just like you or me, with any and all such human responses—but centuries ago—has expressed our feelings. Just listen to one or two or seven Psalms spoken in another’s voice. See if they give you voice to what may seem overwhelming. You’ll be amazed at how the Psalms can express your feelings and begin to form you.
by Renée Domeier, OSB