Sacramental

If the world is a sacrament
then work is praise.

 

St. Benedict wrote his Rule for people whose only desire in life was God.

St. Paul wrote: God is not far from every one of us: For in God we live and move and have our being. (Acts 17:24-28)

What could be simpler than to look for something that we have already found?

Work itself is not otherworldly; work itself is holy in the same way that the world is holy.  Work is participation with the world and God.  There is no so-that when it comes to work unless you have divided yourself from the world.

It is important in this that we speak in the simplest and most concrete way.

The simplest work grounds us.  Literally.

Two days ago I spent the day driving.  I picked up another loom.  This one is so wide that it is operated by two people at the treadles.  It produces a piece of cloth that is 90″ across. That in an of itself is no great feat.  But that this loom was used in a southern Manitoba Francophone community by two women (nuns?) to produce vestments means that it is in a very real way dripping in sacramentality, connecting grass that is eaten by sheep who produce wool which is cleaned and then woven and then dyed and then sewn into garments used in converting other earthen elements that are carried into the presence of God.  None of this is abstract.  All of this is tangible.  And what’s more?  The loom is meant to be used in cooperation and in coordination with another.  Personal and communitarian.

There is no theoretical technique to this of course.

There is no spiritual sleight of hand here.

Here there is no problem to be solved.

Here there is only the fullness of joy to be felt, and celebrated, and lived.

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