Steps Toward a Modern Piety

Henry E. Horn

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 1/1/1988

Issue: Spirituality and Community (Vol. 8, No 1, Winter, 1988)

All of my ministerial life, I have been intensely sensitive about the ordinary and obvious things that we do in religious living. In the public realm, I refer to the liturgy of the church—that which constitutes, gathers, and guides our communal thinking as Christians. In the private realm, I refer to the conscious, unconscious, and subconscious activities which make up our religious living—our living consciously in the presence of the living God. I call this our piety. Most people have just inherited this way of living. It has not come into their conscious way of life. There are some things so close to us that we cannot distance ourselves enough from them to analyze what we do. That is the case with our piety. In our day, however, this piety must become the object of examination and re-formation.

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