Friday, February 27, 2009

Existential Exercise

In an address to local clergy Pope Benedict XVI commented that the liturgy is like a school in which to learn the art of being human and to experience familiarity with Christ. The Eucharist in particular must be lived as a sign and seed of charity, he said.

That the Eucharist is something lived out through compassion with others which itself is worth more than all burnt offerings is an idea stated in the Gospels themselves. That public worship is really a "practice session" for learning the "art of being human" is an intriguing take on the functional purpose of religion.

©WCG, 2009

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