VincentWiki:Reflections/17 2007

From Vincentian Encyclopedia

Third Sunday of Easter, Year C

Remain in me, as I remain in you (Jn. 15:4)

In her book, The Irrational Season, Madeleine L’Engle mentions an Orthodox attitude that she likes and finds enlightening. For the Orthodox, it appears, it does not matter if a participant in the celebration of the Divine Liturgy—longer than our own celebrations that we perhaps complain about—gets distracted sometimes and lets his mind wander. According to Orthodox thinking, “all the time some one is concentrating; there is always someone in the Body who is wholly focused on the Holy Mysteries; there is always someone keeping the strong rope of anamnesis unbroken.” This Orthodox attitude leaves L’Engle deeply convinced of the great importance of interdependence.

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