This Week on the Celtic Calendar: Ordinary Time : Postcards from the Pilgrim's Path

This Week on the Celtic Calendar: Ordinary Time

by Terri Lynn Simpson on 07/07/14

Ordinary time. It's that season on the church calendar between Pentecost and Advent when nothing much is going on. No feasting or fasting. No preparation or celebration. Liturgical life is just . . . ordinary.  

Daily life, however, is another story. Rarely are our lives just ordinary. The human condition seems to swing back and forth between activity and rest, strife and peace, sorrow and joy. It's a rhythm we see mirrored in the landscape around us, in the turning of the seasons, in the turning of the tide.

Perhaps that's why the concept of ebb and flow features so strongly in Celtic spirituality. Nature, that first book of revelation, reminds us that what is ordinary is change, movement.  

The tide comes in, the tide goes out. The lesson for us in ordinary time is to learn to live in the moment and go with the flow.

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Postcards from the Pilgrim's Path is the official blog of Anam Cara Retreats.  Postcards periodically offers insights on Celtic spirituality, glimpses of sacred sites, and reflections on what it means to be a pilgrim in the twenty-first century.  The archives of this blog can be found here.