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Timothy P. O'Malley, Ph.D., is director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy in the McGrath Institute for Church Life. He teaches in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. He researches in the areas of liturgy, catechesis and Christian spirituality. He is the author of Liturgy and the New Evangelization: Practicing the Art of Self-Giving Love (Liturgical Press, 2014). He and his wife, Kara, live in South Bend and have one son.
In a series of reflections on every part of the Mass, this book challenges us to turn the idea of boredom on its head, calling boredom — the “good” boredom that opens us to the quiet interior space where we can encounter God—a “sweet gift.”
It is there that full participation in the Mass becomes possible—the potential to be transfixed by a ritual, to contemplate the readings, to savor the Eucharist. To be fruitfully “bored again.”