At this point, I probably know more about what will surface on this website this summer than what I’ll be doing in real life. I can tell you to what to look forward (or avoid) at this small corner of the internet.
Commenter Devin had the great idea of exploring St John Paul’s encyclical Dives in Misericordia. Pope Francis seems to think very highly of this “unexpected” work from the hand of the Holy Father in 1980. Check section 11 of the papal bull Misericordiae Vultus, covered here earlier this week.
I think we’ll take considerable time with this document. I read over most of it this morning. It’s about 18,000 words long. In length and theme it’s no ordinary document. It has the expected style of Pope John Paul II: dense, philosophical, thoughtful, deeply rooted in Scripture, and requiring great reading care. Some of the fifteen numbered sections will require a week to digest. That should take us well into the summer as the Jubilee of Mercy approaches.
The DPPL inches toward the finish line. That series will wrap on Sunday. Next up: the Circular Letter Concerning the Preparation and Celebration of the Easter Feasts. We are well into the Ninety Days, but perhaps the memory of Lent and Holy Week 2015 will still be fresh with us. This document was written by neither council nor pope, but it remains an important part of the Catholic liturgical library, even if largely overlooked. 108 numbered sections, but with half the word count of St John Paul’s second encyclical. That should wrap around the end of June. We’ll give that the early morning (US time) liturgy slot.
I’ll continue parceling out Humanae Vitae every other day or so. As expected, the discussion there has been more vigorous than for liturgy. Ah well: perhaps I missed a more popular calling as a moral theology blogger.
After we’re done with the 1968 document, we’ll return to the two-documents-at-a-time format. At least until the end of the Jubilee of Mercy. But there will be another two-week installment of Worthy Women this year.
There are about 15 Reconciliation readings still to publish. Some of them are overlaps with the same passages found in funerals and weddings. Some have been offered to other writers. And there are most of the reconciliation psalms, for which I had a bright idea of composing settings and posting. But that would take somewhat more artistic creativity than I have available at the moment. Maybe in 2016.
At some point when the dust settles in my own life, I’ll be returning to more frequent commentary on matters outside the dusty documents of Catholicism. Or maybe not. You never know what surprises God has in store. For me or for you.