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Title: The Praxis of Celebration
Subtitle: The Subversive Power of Liberation Theology and Hesychasm
Author(s): NOBLE, Tim
Journal: Louvain Studies
Volume: 38 Issue: 2 Date: 2014
This article examines how both liberation theology and hesychasm, despite their obvious and manifold differences, have developed embedded practices of attention to God and neighbour that include liturgy, whilst refusing to reduce theology to the liturgical. The first section looks at the Brazilian Jesuit sacramental theologian Francisco Taborda, and his notion of sacrament as celebration, and then the article considers the hesychast tradition of the Russian fifteenth century St Nil Sorsky. The conclusion draws out the points of commonality and difference in the two approaches, and shows how they both subvert claims that the church is limited to its liturgical practice, and how attention to the other is also part of the praxis of the sacramental church.