Dies Domini 83: The Soul of Time

Sunday as the soul of time. What do you think about that expression?

83. Understood and lived in this fashion, Sunday in a way becomes the soul of the other days, and in this sense we can recall the insight of Origen that the perfect Christian “is always in the Lord’s Day, and is always celebrating Sunday”. (Contra Celsum VIII, 22: SC 150, 222-224) Sunday is a true school, an enduring program of Church pedagogy — an irreplaceable pedagogy, especially with social conditions now marked more and more by a fragmentation and cultural pluralism which constantly test the faithfulness of individual Christians to the practical demands of their faith. In many parts of the world, we see a “diaspora” Christianity, which is put to the test because the scattered disciples of Christ can no longer easily maintain contact with one another, and lack the support of the structures and traditions proper to Christian culture. In a situation of such difficulty, the opportunity to come together on Sundays with fellow believers, exchanging gifts of (communion), is an indispensable help.

Sunday is a school, okay. It can also be an apprenticeship where those in touch with the soul of time can demonstrate to others and share this soul. There are a lot of words in this document, and a lot of words written and published on schools, obligations, and even the opportunities of Sunday. How do real disciples live it? Are their lives more demonstrably graced than people who observe a Sunday of leisure alone? What would that demonstration, that apprenticeship look like?

The Vatican site has Dies Domini in its entirety.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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