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Anything But Ordinary

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It just so happens that Ordinary Time is not actually meant as a time for rest or a time to be lackadaisical. It is a time for the real work of the Gospel. An opportunity to put into action those things we have learned and contemplated during the special Liturgical seasons throughout the year. The chance to put order (ordo) into our daily lives. 

"Ordinary Time is our usual time of life, our day-to-day living that should be used as working to our goal of sanctity. We are ordering our life towards God."

JENNIFER GREGORY MILLER, CATHOLIC CULTURE.ORG

If you haven't read the Catholic Culture blog yet, I recommend you ignore my blog entirely and spend all of your time there. It is so full of liturgical living ideas and reasonable explanations about our faith. Jennifer does a brilliant job of making the content accessible for adults in a way that they can share with with the children in their lives. It's basically RCIA and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd online, and it's wonderful.

From Catholic Culture: "The Liturgical Calendar has the greater concentration of Marian and saint days with solemnities, feasts, obligatory and optional memorials during Ordinary Time. Almost all the apostles' feasts fall during Ordinary Time. The summer months in particular are filled with wonderful saints' days, such as the Solemnity of the Birth of St. John the Baptist, and Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul just a few days later. Various New Testament saints, such as Mary Magdalene(newly elevated to a feast) and MarthaAnne and Joachim, grandparents of Jesus are sprinkled throughout July. The revision of the Roman Calendar moved more important saints' days like St. Thomas the Apostle and St. Benedict to Ordinary Time to ensure celebration instead of being suppressed because of Lent or Advent. Ordinary Time gives more space to study, ask intercession and celebrate our patron and nameday saints."

Jennifer reminds us of the important verses, such as: "If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it." These are our instructions for our daily "ordinary" life.

Now it's time -- "Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life."