"Liturgical time is esssentiallly poetic time . . ."

From The Cloister Walk, by Kathleen Norris:

I had often heard Benedictines refer to their Liturgy of the Hours (also called the Divine Office) as "the sanctification of time," but had not much idea of what this could mean until I'd attended the liturgies at St. John's on a daily basis for many months.
Gradually my perspective on time had changed. In our culture, time can seem like an enemy: it chews us up and spits us out with appalling ease. But the monastic perspective welcomes time as a gift from God, and seeks to put it to good use rather than allowing us to be used up by it. A friend who was educated by the Benedictines has told me that she owes to them her sanity with regard to time. "You never really finish anything in life," she says, "and while that's humbling, and frustrating, it's all right. The Benedictines, more than any other people I know, insist that there is time in each day for prayer, for work, for study, and for play." Liturgical time is esssentiallly poetic time, oriented toward process rather than productivity, willing to wait atttentively in stillness rather than always pushing to "get the job done."