Friday, January 9, 2009

Get Ready for the 2009 Lenten Read-a-Thon!

A reader reminds me that I need to give you adequate warning before this year's Lenten Read-a-Thon. Every Lent, we here at The Sci Fi Catholic have a fast--from fiction! That's right, we don't read or watch fiction during Lent.* Not even Battlestar Galactica!


Okay, I'm cancelling Lent this year.

Nah, just kiddin'. In addition to refraining from fiction, we choose a sufficiently meaty nonfiction work and make it our goal to begin reading it on Ash Wednesday and finish it before Easter Vigil Mass. Last year was The New Complete Works of Josephus, which I'm glad I read, though I don't think anyone else joined us for that one, since reading all of that in forty days is simply impossible for anyone with, you know, a life.

This year, we've chosen something thinner but still formidable, which means more of you have the chance to participate! Our text of choice is Pope John Paul II's Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology Of The Body. This is a new translation of the Pope's magisterial (rimshot) work on the subject of...well, of the theology of the body. We'll find out exactly what that is when we read it. If you happen to have the older translation of The Theology of the Body, feel free to follow along with your inferior copy. We won't make fun of you. Much.

Ash Wednesday this year is February 25. Easter is April 12.
Do you have what it takes?

*But I still write it.
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