Sister Ann Astell | January 14, 2021
During the second meeting of my fall 2020 theology University Seminar, we read and discussed Psalm 120, the first of the 15 Psalms of Ascent. My first-year students sat in front of me, wearing their masks and seated six feet from one another.
“Have you ever felt like a stranger in a foreign land?” I asked.
They all shook their heads in affirmation, and one of them blurted out, “All the time!”
COVID-19 was making their adjustment to their new lives on Notre Dame’s campus difficult; far from home and homesick, they could identify their feelings with those of the biblical exile.
Year by year, the first-year students in my seminar focus especially on the Book of Psalms as the bridge between the Old and the New Testament, a wellspring for the Church’s worship and therapy for the soul. Students are moved by the beauty of the psalms, by the richness of their theology, and by the great range of emotions to which they give expression.
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