A pause for a priority

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A pause for a priority

At the time this is pub­lished, I’ll be in an unas­sum­ing lit­tle church on a side street off a New Eng­land city’s mill­yard. Lent draws to a close tonight and what’s known in my faith tra­di­tion as the Triduum begins.

I’ll lis­ten to famil­iar Bib­li­cal psalms, can­ti­cles, and lamen­ta­tions, chanted in unfa­mil­iar Latin as I fol­low along in a prayer book. The church will be lit by can­dles that will be extin­guished one by one at the con­clu­sion of each chanted reading.

When we depart the church, we’ll do so in silence.

This is not an attempt to escape any­thing. This is a time of rich polit­i­cal fer­ment, and it’s a time to be fully engaged — not to run away.

But first things first. The more crazi­ness and busy-​ness and polit­i­cal lunacy in my life and work, the more delib­er­ate I must be about lov­ing and serv­ing God. Those of you who can keep pri­or­i­ties straight effort­lessly, while immersed in writ­ing about pol­i­tics, have my respect. And a bit of my envy, too.

For read­ers (and mem­bers of DTG’s Mag­nif­i­cent Seven-​Plus) who are look­ing for­ward to Easter a few days hence, I wish for you a peace­ful and fruit­ful Triduum in prepa­ra­tion for the cel­e­bra­tion of Christ’s res­ur­rec­tion. Pray and work, as St. Bene­dict advised, in that order.

At the time this is published, I’ll be in an unassuming little church on a side street off a New England city’s millyard. Lent draws to a close tonight and what’s known in my faith tradition as the Triduum begins.

I’ll listen to familiar Biblical psalms, canticles, and lamentations, chanted in unfamiliar Latin as I follow along in a prayer book. The church will be lit by candles that will be extinguished one by one at the conclusion of each chanted reading.

When we depart the church, we’ll do so in silence.

This is not an attempt to escape anything.  This is a time of rich political ferment, and it’s a time to be fully engaged – not to run away.

But first things first. The more craziness and busy-ness and political lunacy in my life and work, the more deliberate I must be about loving and serving God. Those of you who can keep priorities straight effortlessly, while immersed in writing about politics, have my respect. And a bit of my envy, too.

For readers (and members of DTG’s Magnificent Seven-Plus) who are looking forward to Easter a few days hence, I wish for you a peaceful and fruitful Triduum in preparation for the celebration of Christ’s resurrection. Pray and work, as St. Benedict advised, in that order.