The psalms are at the very heart of monastic prayer. Recited seven times a day in the liturgy and reflected upon in the mind through the day during work and lectio divina, they provide those who recite them regularly with a privileged way into continual mindfulness of God. Allowing Christians to pray as Christ prayed, the psalms form Christians in Christ, and become a vital part of the formation process, both in monastic life and in Christian living.
After teaching Scripture to women in monastic formation at Mount Saint Mary’s Abbey in Wrentham, Massachusetts, for many years, Sister Maureen McCabe shares her insights into these biblical songs with those outside the cloister. In reflecting on the psalms in an integral and sapiential way, she strives to meet novices in a way that respects both the unifying elements of the life as well as the heart’s search for a wisdom and meaning. Always in the background there is solid exegesis, but exegesis is at the service of persons who are discerning a commitment to a life wholly ordered to contemplation.
Maureen McCabe entered Mount Saint Mary’s Abbey in 1972 after having taught Theology and Sacred Scripture in high school and having done graduate study in Scripture. She served as Novice Director in her community for seventeen years and continues to teach novices in Scripture and the Psalms.