As we move from one shade of Advent to the other (I don’t mean violet to rose and back) I thought I’d indulge with a few reflections. If I were in the university community, the days of stress and completion would be done, and about two-thirds of my faith community would be gone or soon departing.
In a mainstream parish, it’s a bit different for the first time in eight years. We had big celebrations for Our Lady of Guadalupe and Simbang Gabi. The usual Nativity festivities await in my new parish also: three Masses next Thursday evening, and two Christmas morning.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve finished writing up the series on Laudato Si’. All that remains is for the scheduling mechanism to work and drop the daily posts in each morning at 6, more or less.
There are about a dozen posts on the Lectionary options for the Rite of Penance. It won’t ever be as popular as the series for weddings or funerals, but it will get completed sometime. Maybe into Lent. Then I think you will notice less than daily bits on the site.
Pretty sure these will be the last series you will see on this blog. Ten years ago, we were looking at Vatican II documents regularly, if not yet daily. Over the past few years, the WordPress platform has enabled a writer to put together several pieces in advance and schedule them for later. I confess a sense of relief when I wrote a few sentences on Laudato Si’ 246. The end.
Still testing myself. I find I have little feeling these days to write up even brief armchair liturgist bits on how, for example, to end a form II reconciliation liturgy. I would have been hopping all over that a few years ago. Also testing writing in different markets and genres. What I will be writing in a few months you may not be seeing online.
My professional writing gig with Ministry & Liturgy comes to an end with the shutting down of that magazine this month. What began with writing reviews in 1993 moved to “pithy” (smart-a**, as my editor requested) commentary on news items a few years later in the column Worship Times. You can read an early one here. I’m a skeptic on getting picked up elsewhere. The internet has made my old column a dinosaur, but for the commentary. And one can go online to get more acidic opinions. Plus, my efforts to pitch various web and print series on things like religion+science, or discipleship, or evangelization and liturgy have not been well-received. And when I find no inner impulse to push, I think it’s time to turn to composing and preparing librettos for future projects.
This month I was also indulging a bit of nostalgia, reading over some old posts and reader comments on this site. The commentariat used to be more diverse here. I’ve either outlasted or alienated a lot of people. Maybe both. I find I don’t have to make the same mistakes in real life than I made here in the earlier days. As I read through the occasional blog elsewhere, I see some similar struggles, at least from the viewpoint of various commentatiats.
For the next several weeks, I’ll still be checking the site daily for comments and good behavior. WordPress screens almost all spam, so I’m far less worried than I was ten years ago on blogspot.
Meanwhile, blessed remainder of Advent to you readers. Talk to you soon.