Laundry, Liturgy and Women’s Work

I’m thinking a great deal this week about love and faith and even “religion” as I understand it…so…I thought it right and proper to put this out there and shine a little light on it.

There is this little book, “The Quotidian Mysteries” that was recommended to me long ago by my wonderful friend Karen. We both harbor a real love of Kathleen Norris’ work. This book was originally a lecture given by Ms Norris on Spirituality and it centers around the idea of embracing the “quotidian.” This is a delicious word, “quotidian” and I work it into blog posts and conversations as often as I am able.

The “quotidian” refers to what we would identify as the mundane, the ordinary, the everyday tasks. The word, however, is much much richer than we give it credit. Prayer, is quotidian…just as housework is quotidian. I’d go so far as to say that Love is quotidian. It must be revisited every day. It must have commitment every day.

This passage from the book puts it so well as it relates to my faith so I rest here for now:
“Laundry, liturgy and women’s work all serve to ground us in the world, and they need not grind us down. Our daily tasks, whether we perceive them as drudgery or essential, life-supporting work, do not define who we are as women or as human beings. But they have a considerable spiritual import, and their significance for Christian theology, the way they come together in the fabric of faith, is not often appreciated. But it is daily tasks, daily acts of love and worship that serve to remind us that the religion is not strictly an intellectual pursuit, and these days it is easy to lose sight of that as, like our society itself, churches are becoming more politicized and polarized. Christian faith is a way of life, not an impregnable fortress made up of ideas; not a philosophy; not a grocery list of beliefs.”

Food for thought. Prepared lovingly. I shall be chewing on this as the week progresses.

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3 thoughts on “Laundry, Liturgy and Women’s Work

  1. A week ago a friend gave me a gift of a laundry bag the size of Charles, my seven year old son. She is the mother of 8 (whoa!) but thought that laundry was probably a big part of my life…you think with 5 kiddos of my own? She also suggested keeping it in a place where I could grab it quickly and run through the house filling it with…stuff when unexpected company came. I liked that idea!

    The thing that was most precious that she gave me though was the scripture that accompanied the gift. ” Let us not become weary in doing good for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

    Mrs. M some of my best prayer is while folding clothes to the hum of the dryer.

    Thanks again for another insightful post.

  2. Pingback: Cutting into Ordinary Time… « Mrs Metaphor

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