"Welcoming, charitable, and empowered
to live the Gospel"
Our Mother of Good Counsel,
located in Bryn Mawr, PA,
just 20 minutes west of Philadelphia,
For years now, I have made a summer reading list, and I urge others to do so too. My list always includes re-reading a classic that I read in high school or college. This summer I think it will be Gulliver’s Travels. I also include something that is current and will make me look hip on the beach! My list always includes something from American history. I am always open to suggestions. Last year, one of you lent me A Team of Rivals, an in-depth study of Abraham Lincoln and his presidency. I loved it. And my summer reading list always includes a selection from the Bible.
Last year, I urged you to go through the Gospels and read Jesus’ parables. This summer, I suggest the Book of Psalms. One of the Psalms is proclaimed almost every day at Mass. Many of us know and love several of the Psalms. The words of Psalm 23, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” can bring great comfort.
There are 150 psalms. Originally, they were religious hymns. We no longer know what musical instruments were used nor what the hymns sounded like. However, they cover every human emotion and circumstance that humanity has ever experienced. Traditionally, King David is named the author of the Psalms. However, scholars are certain that they were written by many individuals over a long period of time.
Take your time. Read and reflect on just a few each day. Share your favorites with your family and friends. Ask them to read some also so that you can share your thoughts. Don’t be scandalized, some of the Psalms are curses. We don’t sing those ones at Mass! Tell me your favorites and I’ll share mine.
I hope that your summer is off to a good start and just keeps getting better.
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