Ok. So let me tell y'all what this project will look like, and what its goals will be.
First, the structure:
This will not be a normal blog. It is more of a course than a daily update of disparate thoughts. Therefore the blog entries will come as "Sessions." Each Session will be composed of a number of weeks, and each week will (hopefully) have posts daily from Tuesday to Saturday. Each post will be something of a theological reflection. This will be the hardest part for me - I want to blend brevity and substance. In order to do that, each post will be between five hundred and one thousand words, the length of a good newspaper article. I don't want it to be so long as to be unreadable, or so short as to be necessarily shallow. (Those of you who know me know I don't really do shallow.)
The best way to illustrate this structure will be to lay out the scheme for the first Session:
Session 1: The Rosary (3/10-4/11)
Week 1: T. Apostle's Creed W. Our Father Th. Hail Mary F. Glory Be S. Hail Holy Queen
Week 2: T. Annunciation W. Visitation Th. Nativity F. Presentation S. Finding
Week 3: T. Baptism W. Cana Th. Proclamation F. Transfiguration S. Euch.
.......... and so on.
So Session 1 will have five weeks and twenty-five reflections, one for each major prayer of the Rosary, and one for each of the twenty mysteries.
Now, as to the purpose. Certainly we all know that reflecting on holy things can and often does inspire us, uplift us, transform us. The reason for this, as St. Augustine teaches, is because we become similar to what we think about. If we think about crass things, especially in a crass way, we become crass. (Think teenage boys.) However, if we think of crass things in a noble way, we retain out dignity. (Think doctors and moral theologians.) But most of all, if we think of noble things in a noble way, we become noble, dignified, elevated, spiritual. And so the purpose of these reflections is to help both the writer and the reader to hold fast to St. Paul's command:
"Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Phil 4:8)"
Also, not only does thinking about noble things make us better people, it encourages us to choose what is better, to will what is better. That is why preaching and teaching helps to save us. They are like the advertisements you see on television. If you never see and hear about a certain car or a certain food, you will probably never think about buying it. But if it is laid before you, if you see how delicious or exciting it is, then you commit your will. Think of these posts (forgive me Lord) as commercials for Jesus. I want to lay the beauty of Jesus and of the faith He preached before the world, so that the readers of this blog can choose Jesus, love Jesus, and grow closer to Jesus. That is why I do this, and why I hope you read this.