Pope Benedict XVI referred to the Psalms as the "prayer book par excellence," as he spoke at his weekly general audience today (June 22, 2011), the Catholic Culture website reports.
The 150 Psalms "express all human experience," the Pope told the 10,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square for his Wednesday audience.
He said their diverse content can be reduced to two basic categories: petition (or lamentation) and praise.
These two categories -- the Pope said -- "intertwine and fuse together in a single song which celebrates the eternal grace of the Lord as He bows down to our frailty." He pointed out that Jesus used the Psalms in His own prayers.