Liturgical Environment

Shining Slivers of Light

Shining Slivers of Light

Liturgy is formative and engages on three levels: theological, emotional, and sensate. This past weekend the sisters in initial monastic formation and those on the community’s formation committee engaged their senses in a different way while on retreat. The theme for this time together was “An Advent of Beauty”. We each prepared something that expands the wisdom of sacred art or creates beauty. These creations were presented to the group and then savored by all.

There was a shared experience of lectio divina based on the chapter titled Sacred Art from The Monastery of the Heart: An Invitation to a Meaningful Life by our Sister Joan Chittister. An excerpt follows: “Monasticism exists in pursuit of the beauty of the invisible God. Art makes shining slivers of that beauty visible.”

These words brought to mind a photograph of our chapel I took a while ago (see above). It displays the beauty of our invisible God as seen through shining slivers of light. I had been thinking about our chapel and all that will take place within it during this new liturgical year. How blessed we are to experience liturgy in such a space, a space that engages the senses and reflects beauty all around us.

Let nothing be preferred to the Work of God – Rule of Benedict 43:3