In January I was encouraged to write something about what I am reading. Reading has been a significant part of my life since childhood. As an elementary school child I begged my dad to take me with him when he went downtown on Saturday mornings to do some business; I asked him to drop me off at the main library and then pick me up when he was finished. There was a section on the lower level of the library “The Children’s Room”. It did not take long for me to decide that I wanted something more challenging than what this room provided. The next room was called “The Skinner Room”. It had books that high school age students would find interesting and exciting. That’s where I wanted to go, and that is where this 10-year old boy would hang out on Saturday mornings.
I have been reading two mystery novels set in northern Wisconsin; Figure Eight and Spider Lake; both written by a new author, Jeff Nania.
I like history and in January I read two works by John T. McGreey, retired history professor from Notre Dame: Catholicism and American Freedom and Catholicism – French Revolution to the Papacy of Francis.
A new biography of Dorothy Day was shared with me and I found it insightful. The author D. L. Mayfield is a non-Catholic woman who discovered Dorothy’s writings; her reading of Dorothy changed her life. The book: Unruly Saint: Dorothy Day’s Radical Vision and its Challenge for Our Times.
I encourage you to read, and read widely. Maybe read authors who wrote when they were your present age; see if the author saw the meaning of life in the way you do.
Fr. Steve Adrian