Day Five – How Firm a Foundation

: When the conversations about re-writing the Rule began, did you name certain assumptions that would inform the discussions, or were things more free form?

Br. Curtis Almquist: The discussions were amazingly wide-ranging, but we knew that ultimately we were looking for boundaries. I would say that all of those discussions—some of which were incredibly awkward and difficult—were grounded in the knowledge that freedom comes with limitation. At some point, we knew we would have to draw lines, and that that was a good thing.


  1. Sue Spencer on March 13, 2011 at 16:15

    Believe it or not, that very “trivia” question was on my mind as I drifted off to sleep last night, and I reached the same conclusion, for the same reasons.

    Blessings to you all,

  2. Nick Pang on March 13, 2011 at 16:05

    In terms of the preposition… I’ve often wondered what the implications are of treating each Sunday as a feast of the Resurrection. Does this mean that we should include the Gloria and the Alleluias in each Sunday liturgy, even in Lent? Or, if each Sunday is a feast of the Resurrection, is the implication that there are different ways of ‘feasting’ the Resurrection?

    I know that personally, I very much enjoy these Sundays being ‘tinted’ in Lent; however, I also very much enjoy the break in the solemnity of Lent that’s offered by Sundays. I find this season to be a deeply moving season in the church, but I’m constantly reminded that it’s not my own strength that gets me through it. The joy and the relief that are given birth with Sundays makes that all the more clear from week to week; and the fact that this time is constrained or limited to Sundays makes it all the more real from week to week.

    Thanks for this series!

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