Letters From a Young Catholic

My reflections as a Catholic young adult passionate about the Faith, seeking to grow in knowledge and understanding of God and discerning the will of the Lord in my life.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Reading Weekend

I've had a pretty quiet weekend. Full of reading. Metaphysics again, that is. I'm finished the first hundred pages of St. Thomas Aquinas' Commentary on Aristotle's Metaphysics now. I think it's the most difficult reading I've ever done. Oh well. It's good to stretch those brain cells.

I've also been reading Ecclesia De Eucharistia. I've now read two encyclicals (Redemptor Hominis and Ecclesia De Eucharistia) and one apostolic letter (Mulieris Dignitatem) in the past week. I think my new slogan should be "An encyclical a day keeps the heresies away." It's good reading though. And easier than metaphysics. It's kind of ironic that I'm reading Pope John Paul II for my "easy reading." I've been enjoying myself though. I read Ecclesia De Eucharistia when it first came out in 2003 but it's well worth reading again.

I went to the chapel at the college yesterday and after spending some time in prayer I read through the first half of the encyclical there. Sitting in the chapel, by myself (or rather with Jesus Christ, true God and true man, and the hosts of angels adoring Him) before the Blessed Sacrament reading John Paul II's encyclical on the Eucharist was the highlight of my weekend. To some that might sound like I have a boring life, but don't worry, I did get out both Friday and Saturday night. In a way though, reading and reflecting upon the Eucharist in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament is a much more substantial experience than hanging out at Tim Horton's (where Canadians sit and drink coffee and eat donuts) or watching movies.

I'm trying to get ahead on my reading for all my courses right now because this coming weekend I'm going to a conference in Victoria (George Weigel will be the keynote speaker), the next weekend I'm going home for a visit, the weekend after that I'm taking an advanced First Aid course all weekend, and then the weekend after that one I'm going on a retreat up at Westminster Abbey (Benedictines). There go my weekends for the next month. Thankfully most of my major essays aren't due until later in the semester (although that also could be a problem when everything hits at once).