According to Sr. Joan Chittister the liturgical calendar “implants within each of us individually the reprise of those moments that are the substance of the faith.” If we don’t attend to the liturgical calendar, the secular/civil one will dominate. If we’re receptive, this calendar will lead us to acknowledge a full-orbed faith linked to two poles, Christmas and Easter, both of which are necessary to our understanding of the Christian faith. On Christmas morning we find the manger full of life; on Easter morning we find the tomb empty of death. We know the whole truth now: death is not the end, and life as we know it is only the beginning of life. Ordinary Time is the ongoing reminder that life is full of the habitual and the common, and that these come under the purview of God’s grace and presence.


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