Liturgy is a communal response to the sacred through activity reflecting praise, thanksgiving, supplication, or repentance, usually ritualized. Liturgy as practice is intended to deepen our relationship with God and with the Body of Christ, represented by the community. Thomas Keating, in The Mystery of Christ, says, "The liturgy is the supreme vehicle for transmitting the divine life manifested in Jesus Christ, the divine-human being. When Jesus through his resurrection and ascension entered into his trans-historical life, the liturgy became the extension of his humanity in time. The feasts of the Liturgical Year are the clothes, so to speak, that make visible the Reality hidden but transmitted in sacramental rites."
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A nippy spring morning in May,
Harsh winds and arc-like rains
Overdue cleanups, lengthy lawns,
Untilled gardens and untold repairs await.
6 weeks ago we celebrated the Paschal Mystery;
Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday,
But it seems as if we (and Christ) had to linger
In hell a little longer this year.
But today feels like Resurrection.
Ordinary time is over and now we are presented with a different, sacred time: one of fasting, reflection and penance. This period of Lent mirrors the forty days Christ spent in the desert connecting deeply with the Father. We can do the same, in our own location.
With eyes closed, breath slowed, I journey inward to another place: