I am a liturgist, a medievalist, and a writer, who wants to make the world a better place one word, gesture, and prayer at a time.
I am the Director of Liturgy for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary. The ideas expressed in this blog are not necessarily the position of the Diocese! Before this I directed the Stewardship Office and before that earned a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies and M.A. in Pastoral Liturgy from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend Indiana.
It seems that I’ve always seen things through a liturgical lens. When I prepared to defend my doctoral dissertation I noticed that ten years of study later, the underlying question was the same as that in my undergraduate thesis. It was then I realised that I have a life question.
Perhaps we all have a life question or a lens through which we explore the world and find understanding. I am always on the lookout for how ritual practice mediates the soul’s journey to God. Liturgy, religious public ritual, is an obvious subject but civic rituals like protests, sporting events (Go Irish!), and festivals (the Calgary Stampede), the built environment like our architecture and urban design, and the habits of popular culture like Starbucks and the smartphone also shape and direct our identity, our experience of community, and our ethics.
Clement of Alexandria likened a typical day to a liturgical performance. It’s what we can call the liturgy of life or sacramentality of the every day. For those of us who believe in God, the spiritual journey does not only or even primarily take place in church or amidst a formal liturgical experience. The liturgical action is there to receive and echo as well as shape and correct the liturgy of our lives.
This blog pays homage to the sacramentality of every moment, how ritual practice, the liturgy of life, shapes our journey to union with God.
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