It’s been a couple of weeks since I last posted. No I haven’t forgotten. There have been a number of things that have limited my posting.
First, I’ve gotten a new major project at work, and the start of a major project is labor intense for the project manager. Once I’ve gotten things rolled into a plan and I’ve got good people working toward that plan, I can go into a more monitor mode. Until then there are budgets to be put together, funding to be broken out, designs that need to be drawn up, plans that need to be established, contracts that need to be written and sent over to legal, and endless engineering documents to be composed that ensure good engineering process. Hopefully I can take a step back in a couple of months. In the meantime, I’m still working the project I was on before, which has become a pain. So I’m doubly busy.
Second, baseball season! I’m obsessed with my beloved Baltimore Orioles. They had a disastrous first month of the season, possibly the worst start in team history. You would think I would give up after that kind of start. No, I’m only more obsessed. I’m convinced this is a good team that had injuries and bad luck, and will bounce back. It seems like they are finally returning to norm. They’ve now won six of the last seven, including a 17-1 win yesterday. However, in a division where the Yankees (I call them the “Stinkees”) and the Red Sox (I call them the “Red Pox”) are off to incredible starts, it does seem that the hole the Orioles dug that first month will be too deep to climb out. We shall see. Anyway, when I come home, my first order of business after a tiring day at work and after Matthew runs me ragged with whatever he wants me to do before he goes to bed is to turn on that night’s game. Baseball is such a joyful pastime, even if your team is underperforming.
Third, The Catholic Thought Book has been reading G. K. Chesterton’s The Everlasting Man. It’s been a bit slow for me, not because it’s not a good read—it’s fascinating actually—but because I was burnt out from the long list of reads the month before. Also, although I’ve taken copious notes, I’m really not sure what I want to say about, or, perhaps more accurately, not sure on how to go about saying something on it. I’m about two thirds of the way through (the rest of the club has finished) and I still intend to post something on it. All those notes can’t go to waste.
Here’s what the book club is onto now, if you want to join in or follow my blog posts. Currently we have as a short two-three week read of Pope Paul VI’s famous papal encyclical Humanae Vitae. It’s the 50 year anniversary of this enormously important document which confirmed Catholic teaching on reproduction and marital relations. It stands as a contrast to the sexual revolution that was swirling in the air in 1968 when it was written and published. It’s not a very long document, only 17 pages. It won’t take you long to read, and you can read it here from Vatican documents. I will definitely have a couple of posts on it.
The short read is to fill the time gap while we vote, select, and acquire our next book. The winner for the next read is The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise, by Robert Cardinal Sarah, one of the cardinals who are on a short list for the next pope. Everyone who I know who has read this book has raved about it. I have a friend, Mary Sue, who is a very devout Evangelical Protestant, and she said this in her Goodreads review of this book:
This book moved me. Every once in a while, I come across a book that makes me want to reevaluate everything I know, and this book did that. I absolutely loved the recognition I felt reading this book - despite standing in quite a different corner of Christianity as a young, American, fairly Calvinist woman compared to an established and revered African Catholic cardinal, I could identify many (not all, but many) of Cardinal Sarah's reflections and understandings as ones I've shared and come to love with all my heart. More importantly, he put into words things I've felt so deeply it hurts about the quality of silence and solitude I've loved desperately as a believer. I've not even known that these things could be put into words, but Cardinal Sarah did that.
I don’t know what she is referring to when she says that the book made her “reevaluate everything [she] knows” but that is quite a statement. I will have to ask her to explain once I have read the book myself. So if that doesn’t get you to want to read this book, then you have no Catholic blood in your veins. (I kid.) By the way, Mary Sue has commented occasionally on my blog and she keeps her own blog, At the Still Point. This week the Book Club is acquiring the book, next week we start reading, and the week after we discuss the opening sections. Hope that motivates you.
Nice to be blogging again. Bless you all that read these humble posts.