Coming Up for Air Print
Written by Sherry   
Monday, 09 March 2009 07:37
I remember in the early days of this blog, a reader described us as posting "eleventy-billion words" a day. Not lately, as you've noticed. Fr. Mike is on that relentless Lenten road and I'm creating.

Yesterday, I finished up the slides and hand-outs for the Lessons from St. Paul conference in Detroit on March 21. By the way, if any ID readers are going to be there, please come up and say "Hi".

The emphasis at this conference is on the word "practical" and they didn't want people droning on so they asked that speakers limit themselves to 30 minutes and leave the rest of the time for questions and answers. When I heard that, i despaired. Since I was supposed to cover St. Paul, post-modernism, and evangelization skills that usually take four days to wrestle with.

It was simply impossible. I wrote back saying i couldn't cover the assigned topic in 30 minutes and would be willing to do something else. The conference powers that be were clement and gave me 50 minutes.

So I spent a lot of the weekend paring relentlessly away (I eventually jettisoned more than half of our usual content for this section) and timing trial runs, and after much agony, finally coming up with version that clocked in at 53 minutes. Close enough.

I'm going to be doing something similar this fall at the Cathedral of St. Paul on October 3. I've flown in and out of Minneapolis hundreds of times but have never left the airport before. The Cathedral looks magnificent.

I'm a bit intimidated because it is for the First Saturday series which was created this year for the Pauline year and was such a hit that they are extending it. This year's line-up featured the like of Jeff Cavins, Dr. Janet Smith, and Dr. Peter Kreeft. We speak in front of the exposed Blessed Sacrament and I've never done that before and all my former Quaker anxieties about not knowing what to do in intricate liturgical settings come to the fore.

I'm sure it will be fine in the end. I've never actually fainted during a speaking gig. My knees have buckled a couple times but I've never gone down. My secret is promising myself that I can always faint afterwards! Always put off today what you can do tomorrow, I say!

Meanwhile, my days at home are rapidly drawing to an end.

Today, I must finish up the slides and then create the corresponding hand-outs for our April 2- 4 Making Disciples weekend in Kansas City. And as soon as I'm done with that, I must, must, must turn my attention to that little old graduate course in the Theology of the Laity that Fr. Michael Sweeney and I are teaching at Sacred Heart Seminary between May 26 and June 5.

I rejoice in road trips that don't involve doing anything new and original these days. Places where I can just show up and already know what to do and someone else handles the paperwork.