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My college is starting a student taught courses program, so I'm doing a "Catholic Spirituality" one. I'm not an expert on the topic so we will only meet about 8 times for 1h30, and it will be one third lecture and two thirds discussion format. I'm looking forward to talking about this with people, and I feel that I can make a decent presentation of the material.
My goal is to give a good background before I get into spirituality, so I want to do one class on the Hebrew monotheistic conception of God and our relation to Him. I'm planning on drawing from the Psalms mostly, but I don't have a detailed knowledge of them. Thankfully I just spent a week in a monastery going to the liturgy of the hours 6 times a day, so I kind of have a feel for what I could talk about productively.
Could you please tell me which Psalms you think I should have the class read? If you could also point out your preferred translations (from a poetic point of view) that would be great too. For example the KJV psalm 23 is beautiful. The conception of God + the relation to God are what the focus will be. Of course, if you have any other Old Testament recommendations helpful to understanding the Hebraic religion that would be great too!
Perhaps a good place to start is the Author of Life created all of us in His Image and Likeness, yet we are each created unique and unpeatable. And today is the Day of Prayer for the legal protection of Unborn Children- All life in each stage should be protected with dignity and respect.
The All-knowing and Ever-present God
Lord, you have probed me, you know me:
You know when I sit and stand;
You understand my thoughts from afar.
My travels and my rest you mark;
With all my ways you are familiar.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
Lord, you know it all.
Behind and before you encircle me
And rest your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is beyond me,
Far too lofty for me to reach.
Where can I hide from your spirit?
From your presence, where can I flee?
If I ascend to the heavens, you are there;
If I lie down in Sheol, you are there too.
If I fly with the wings of dawn and alight beyond the sea,
Even there your hand will guide me,
Your right hand hold me fast.
If I say, “Surely darkness shall hide me, and night
Shall be my light” -
Darkness is not dark for you,
And night shines as the day,
Darkness and light are but one.
You formed my inmost being;
You knit me in my mother’s womb.
praise you, so wonderfully you
Made me; wonderful are your works!
My very self you knew;
My bones were not hidden from you,
When I was being made in secret,
Fashioned as in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes foresaw my actions;
In your book all are written down;
My days were shaped, before one came to be.
How precious to me are your designs, O God;
How vast the sum of them!
Were I to count, they would outnumber the sands;
To finish, I would need eternity.
If only you would destroy the wicked, O God,
And the bloodthirsty would depart from me!
Deceitfully they invoke your name;
Your foes swear faithless oaths.
Do I not hate, Lord, those who hate you?
Those who rise against you, do I not loathe?
With fierce hatred I hate them, enemies I count as my own.
Probe me, God, know my heart;
Try me, know my concerns.
See if my way is crooked, then lead me in the ancient paths.
scroll down to the Augustine - Expositions on the Book of Psalms:
Sounds like a great class - wish that we could all participate! Good luck