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date: 21 January 2019

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The impulse to worship involves gratitude, admiration, and petition; it also completes human abstract reflections. First, human beings are called to rise above the animal to the spiritual. But they must rise above intellectual contemplation to union with God through perfected desire. However, we cannot reach this through our own efforts; God must reach down, into our microcosmic nature; hence, it is the resurrected body that will enjoy the beatific vision. Hence also, grace comes to us in sacramental worship and not in isolated solitude, and God permeates our entire being. Secondly, liturgy completes thought because our reason was disturbed by the Fall. In the absence of human rational government, the divine Logos descends, supremely in the Eucharist. In the sacraments, our senses become rightly attuned to anticipating our seeing God and ourselves in the beatific vision. Thus our minds are re-educated, so they may fulfill further their contemplative calling.

Keywords: ritual, contemplation, desire, grace, beatific vision, senses, Logos, worship, church, unity

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