Chapter Four of Michael Downey’s Book


4. Speaking in a Fleshly Way: Participation in the Mission of Word and Spirit

A couple of poems recently would suggest that I have been attempting to encapsulate messages in chapters of Downey’s book. But chapter four defies such presumption. It is too broad. It is perhaps the best macro-exposition of the church’s purpose in the world that I have ever read.

It starts with the bracing realization of the kenosis (self-emptying of God the Son in the flesh – Philippians 2). It confirms the Father’s approbation at Jordan’s Baptism and at Tabor’s Transfiguration (Matthew 17). It shows a microcosm of worshipful living in inter-racial harmony at an extraordinary convent in Ecuador. It puts all Catholic sacraments in their proper places as expressions of that Love manifested in the Father’s Word made flesh (Son) and continually communicating in the energies of Breathing (Spirit).

It is crowned in the images of…

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