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The Eucharist as a Source of Political Action: Dorothy Day as a living example of Johann Baptist Metz’s ‘Dangerous Memory’

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Hikota, Riyako Cecilia:
The Eucharist as a Source of Political Action: Dorothy Day as a living example of Johann Baptist Metz’s ‘Dangerous Memory’.
In: The Expository Times. (11. November 2021). - 7 S.
ISSN 0014-5246 ; 1745-5308

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https://doi.org/10.1177/00145246211057034

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Attending Mass and helping the suffering are not two separate things. In Christian life, the former should directly lead to the latter. In order to clarify this deep connection, first I will turn to Johann Baptist Metz, especially the centrality of the concept of anamnesis in his theology and hence how his political theology is deeply linked with or actually grounded in the Eucharist and liturgy, for which anamnesis is an essential concept. Metz points out the centrality of the “dangerous” memory of the crucified Lord for the Christian faith and suggests that when we remember the suffering of Christ we also remember all of the victims of history. Further, this memory of accumulated suffering should prepare us for socially emancipatory action. Thus, through the concept of anamnesis, we can see how participating in Mass should directly lead to political action on behalf of the suffering. As a concrete example of this connection realized, I will look at Dorothy Day in the second half of the paper. The Eucharist was central to her conversion, her spirituality, and her Catholic Worker Movement. In her, we can see a concrete example of the living memory of the suffering constantly nourished by the Eucharist and realized as a socially emancipatory action. Thus, by looking at Day through the lens provided by Metz with a focus on the living memory of suffering, I will stress that the Eucharist, “the source and summit of the Christian life,” is the key to bring theology into action.

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Publikationsform:Artikel
Schlagwörter:Eucharist, Dorothy Day, Johann Baptist Metz, dangerous memory, suffering
Sprache des Eintrags:Englisch
Institutionen der Universität:Theologische Fakultät > Systematische Theologie > Lehrstuhl für Theologie in Transformationsprozessen der Gegenwart
DOI / URN / ID:10.1177/00145246211057034
Open Access: Freie Zugänglichkeit des Volltexts?:Ja
Peer-Review-Journal:Ja
Verlag:Sage
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Titel an der KU entstanden:Ja
KU.edoc-ID:29297
Eingestellt am: 01. Jan 2022 20:12
Letzte Änderung: 01. Jan 2022 20:13
URL zu dieser Anzeige: https://edoc.ku.de/id/eprint/29297/
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