#004 SEASON 1, EPISODE 4: SPIRITUAL DIRECTIONS – THE 23rd PSALM: A CONTEMPLATIVE READING [PODCAST]

Welcome to Season 1, Episode 4 of the Spiritual Directions podcast. In this episode, I take a look at the 23rd Psalm from a contemplative perspective.

A Contemplative Reading

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In this episode you’ll discover:

  • The analogy between the 23rd Psalm and the stages of the spiritual path
  • What the turning point in the Psalm has to do with the Dark Night of the Soul
  • The change in relationship between the speaker and the shepherd figure
  • What suffering has to do with divine union
  • A redefinition of the Psalmist’s use of the term “enemies”

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Question: What passage from Scripture has changed dramatically for you over time?

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Book: The Psalms with Commentary by Robert Alter. This fascinating translation provides a sense of immediacy to these texts that have become so time worn for some and so archaic for others they may have lost some of their potency in English. Take a fresh look.

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