Whenever I finish a document, I usually post something along the lines of “What now?”
The GIRM was exhausting, if not exhaustive. I’ll tell you a few options I’m pondering. Please let me know what you think of them:
- - Sing to the Lord, the USCCB document on sacred music
- - Built of Living Stones, the USCCB document on sacred art and architecture
- - Redemptionis Sacramentum, the 2004 CDWDS instruction on liturgy
- - The Rites for dedicating a church and altar, perhaps in conjunction with the number two choice above.
Long ago, somebody suggested I do Humanae Vitae, but to tell you seriously: though I follow the prescriptions of that document as a married person, I’ve always felt out of my element getting deep into moral theology. I’m an artist and mystic at heart. I’d rather stick with my strengths, such as they are, in the public sphere.
I can tell you I’ve eliminated the new Roman Missal from consideration. Other people have already begun good work in that regard, and I have no wish to add my voice to the throng along the well-traveled path.
I will say I haven’t had any urge to stop blogging recently. In fact, I feel positively energized about writing these days. Especially since I’ve ceased reading all but a few chosen sites. I’m still discerning a few possibilities of taking some writing to other outlets, including some professional ones. On the amateur front, my colleagues in campus ministry gave me the go-ahead to initiate a blogging initiative here. So if you want to read about the USCCB’s pastoral letter on campus ministry, follow it on that new site.
Or maybe it’s time to tackle some smaller documents, like Pope John Paul II’s letter to artists. I won’t decide for sure till after Triduum, so offer up your suggestions in a spirit of discernment, if/as you wish.