The Christian life is the sacramental life. This truth, although it is so straightforward as to verge on the tautological, nonetheless determines the shape and course of the Christian’s life and being. His entire orientation toward, and rootedness in, the world takes on these sacramental dimensions, shaping his thought, his imagination, and his emotions. A greater conformity to the sacramental life will enable the Christian to “be…transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Rom. 12:2) that he may live into the exhortation of Philippians 2:5: “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” This conviction is the fundamental thesis of this present undertaking (along, of course, with its various theological, metaphysical, anthropological, and epistemological corollaries).
But what, exactly, is this present undertaking? Continue reading