Liturgy and Education, Part 10: Developing a Liturgical Culture

Posted by Timothy O'Malley on Jan 21, 2021 7:04:00 AM

A Diagnosis

One of the problems with liturgy is that it is often treated exclusively as an intramural activity of the Church. That is, liturgical education is about making sure that we ‘say the black’ (the words) and ‘do the red’ (the rubrics). Studying the liturgy, then, is basically learning to read the cookbook. Lay folk have their parts in this cookbook, and therefore, the Catholic school, family, and parish must teach these parts.

This means that liturgy becomes entirely a “churchy” thing, unrelated to the rest of life. However, this is a poor understanding of the liturgy. Liturgy has to do with culture—the way that we live our lives in the world. Liturgical culture means that liturgy “informs” what it means to be human in the context of the school, the family, and the parish.

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Topics: Catholic education, Pope Francis, liturgy and education

Liturgy and Education, Part 9: The Liturgical Curriculum of the Catholic School

Posted by Timothy O'Malley on Jan 14, 2021 7:04:00 AM

The Will Transformed

Thus far in this series, we have treated the liturgical curriculum of a Catholic school as related to both memory and understanding. In this last section on curriculum, we must attend to the role of the will.

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Topics: Catholic education, liturgy and education

Liturgy and Education, Part 8: The Art of Understanding

Posted by Timothy O'Malley on Jul 8, 2020 7:04:00 AM

In our previous post for this series, we attended to the art of memory as the cultivation of the imagination. Such memory is liturgical insofar as it enables us to perceive the “more” that is given in creation. An education devoid of memory makes it difficult to perceive the world in its richness.

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Topics: liturgy, education, liturgy and education

Liturgy and Education, Part 7: The Art of Memory

Posted by Timothy O'Malley on Jul 1, 2020 3:10:24 PM

A Catholic school becomes liturgical insofar as it understands learning as necessitating both wonder and desire. The school must be a contemplative space rather than imitating the frenetic quality of modern life.

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Topics: Catholic education, Catholic imagination, education, liturgical formation, liturgy and education

Liturgy and Education, Part 6: Desiring Happiness

Posted by Timothy O'Malley on Jun 24, 2020 12:42:16 PM

In the last contribution to this series, I addressed the need for a liturgical interruption relative to Catholic school curricula. These curricula often presume that human beings are made for work and thus contribution to industry. This assumption is at the heart of STEM curricula. A ST(R)E(A)M curriculum simply adds religion and arts to the mix, without awareness that this addition might upset the whole basis of the curriculum to begin with.

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Topics: liturgy, education, Liturgy Week, Catholic schools, liturgy and education

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