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    On the balance of thinking and feeling

    From our Catholic FAQ page of resources, a new addition called “On the balance of thinking and feeling at St Paul’s“:

    Someone said to me that “the problem with St Paul’s Parish is that everything is ‘head centered’ rather than being ‘heart centered.’” However I find the liturgy here – especially during the Triduum [Holy (Maundy) Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday] – emotionally very moving.

    That person could have meant one of several things.

    (1) One might have been that because teachers now make up the largest single professional group among St Paul’s parishioners, a significant proportion of the people at St Paul’s have an interest in “the life of the mind, and that is very evident here,” as one newer parishioner said recently, quite appreciatively. That does not mean, however,
    that St Paul’s is merely an intellectual center with “being cerebral” the focus of life here. The stated mission of St Paul’s is to be a religious community in the Benedictine Catholic tradition, centered in the life of prayer and the Eucharist, whose purpose is the full development and support of each person’s God-given ministry. While St Paul’s does try to provide opportunities for serious theological exploration by those interested in “the life of the mind,” it is always – and will continue to be – equally ready to provide for the religious and spiritual development of any interest group for whom there is an adequate “critical mass” to make this possible. The purpose, though, of all programs at St Paul’s: enabling parishioners’ active involvement in ministry to others in the Name of Jesus Christ.

    For more, download the PDF.