Sunday is always the greatest and highest of feasts. Sr. Joan describes it as "the weekly celebration of creation and resurrection, . . . always a reminder of new life, always special, always meant to take us back to the Beginning and the End, the Alpha and the Omega, the Center of life."
Our Father Benedict seeks to emblazon this centerpiece of the Christian life with a special liturgy intended to enact what Sr. Joan describes. A Benedictine finds peace and joy in returning each week to the rhythm and tradition of the ages, to the pomp and solemnity that fixes her identity among the heavenly hosts, in the Great Hall of the Eternal Now.
There is no denial here that God is to be sought in the mundane details of everyday life. An ordered religious life moves from hour to hour in pursuit of divine immanence. Yet the transcendent also beckons the soul to shake off the holy dust of the earth from time to time and take flight.