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Monday, February 2, 2009

A Distributist Feast

Paleocrat over at The Distributist Review has penned an essay on the liturgical aspect of the Catholic social theory-centered economic meme of distributism.

It is said that distributists work for a return to the past; however in the Divine Liturgy there is neither past nor present, but a timeless reality which transcends time and unites the creation with the Creator. There is not chronos, there is kairos. Nonetheless, a good post. Be sure and click over and read it all.

QUOTE This philosophy, unlike the myriad of others, embraces the mysteries of life, the awe of the liturgical nature of days and seasons, as well as the wonder that accompanies the realization that he has placed man here for the purpose of dominion and reconciling all things in King Christ. Distributism embraces nature and its limitations as both inevitable and good. It wishes to preserve the beauty of the arts and crafts, imploring men and women to utilize their gifts and talents for the common good of both those present and those yet to come. The senses are relished amongst distributists, emphasizing on traditional architecture, dance, and song. Distributism places society in an organic context, finding that golden mean between atomism and collectivism. Each person has a gift and talent, and they were strategically placed by God in various communities to better both themselves and their neighbor. UNQUOTE

3 comments:

Paleocrat said...

Thank you for linking to my post.

If I may, let me clarify my remark about the liturgy and time. While I agree with your remarks, my intention was only to point out the development of the liturgy over time, its historical aesthetic, and it's connecting those in the present with events taking place throughout the course of Church history.

At any rate, I am very delighted that you linked to my post. It is quite encouraging.

On a side note, I have always been intrigued with the Melkites. If I remember correctly, we have a Melkite church in Lansing, MI. That would be about an hour from my home.

Deb Yost said...

Paleo ~
I guess I was reacting more to the bit which you quoted, referencing the view that all Distributists want is to return to the past. I have heard that often myself, ususally uttered by folks who have no clue what it really is, who hear the word "agararian" and up pops an unflattering mental image of Amish folks.

In my view, a Christian united with his/her Lord stands outside time, and thus Distributism as an economic theory rooted in Catholic social doctrine is a "Back to the future" or timeless philosophy.

My associate blogger Gabriel Stanford Espedal, who mainly posts when I am away, has been Melkite a bit longer tha I have and will be happy, I am sure, to answer any questions you may have about our particular branch of the Church.

DJY

Deb Yost said...

P.S. You are quite welcome!! I'm forgetting my manners.