Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Sacredness of Daily Time

In tweaking my schedule I am trying something different.    As Thomas Howard says about physical spaces in homes, that they are figures of the extraordinary within the ordinary, I think time in the day has something of the same characteristic. 

Everything that is done or thought or said, is accomplished within the framework of time.   So time, in our present state, is the condition of all morality, of all approach to God.

A household schedule is inevitably tied around basic parts of human life..... sleeping, eating, rising, cleaning, work and prayer.   All these things, humble and unavoidable as they are, are tied into what Howard calls "Hallowed" parts of life.

This is the schedule I made for my high-schooler last term.   It really hasn't changed too much, except that life has become so busy that we often have other things going on during the times listed.  Still, meals and sleep and waking are constants.  

Earlier Version of Schedule
Earlier Kids' Schedule

I think the main thing to focus on right now is how the different times of the day provide a sign of unseen things.   Cathedrals are built to help us look upwards, and a proper schedule should leave room for that upward look as well.    Buildings like houses and churches are put up to provide sheltered spaces, and in the same way, it seems like a schedule should provide spaces and environments to do the things that belong in that framework.

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