You’ve heard it said many times: when we pray, we should tell God how we really feel. But that’s not easy to do. Brian Busse, SJ, points to our aversion to the psalms that express anger and violence, and makes a wise observation:
there’s a danger to the temptation we feel to distance ourselves from these psalms of lament (which make up fully one-third of the psalter!), and the danger is that we’ll ignore a simple truth: we actually feel this way. Enacting violence is unjustified, but without allowing anger and pain to burst forth around God we can communicate, especially to the young, that such feelings are abnormal, that we shouldn’t feel anger or pain. This is not good.