Saturday, July 21, 2012

Lex orandi, Lex Credendi

Our ideas of Christianity, our experience of God, and our personal theologies cannot transform our hearts.  They are consequences rather than causes.  Rather, it is the exquisitely particular, richly detailed, and dauntingly complex thing called the Christian tradition...that shapes us rightly and faithfully.  Christ shapes us by drawing us into conformity with His body.  Lex orandi, lex credendi:  the law of prayer is the law of belief. This great truism is a living truth only when we give a privileged place to apostolic loyalty and conservation.  For we must be shaped rather than shape if we are to bear in our bodies the marks of Jesus (see Gal. 6:17).

- R. R. Reno (In The Ruins of the Church)

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