In the New York metropolitan area the media and the merchants are pushing only one thing right now: Superbowl XLVIII. I enjoy watching the game with friends every year, and just ignore all the hype and the crass commercialism leading up to it. (This is easier for me since I don't watch television.) The fact that this year's game is being played only a few miles from my monastery doesn't particularly excite me, but let me tell you something that does have me enthused and excited these days.
|Proposed new cover|
Each year I've become more aware of the growing group of people who go back to the book every year and read the daily meditations each day during Lent. I've begun to look at these folks as making up a large community of pilgrims traveling the "pilgrim road" together. It bothers me that these faithful travelers don't get to see that they are each a part of a great group of like-minded Christians who are walking the same road at the same time as themselves. So, the revised edition will leave all the stories and daily reflections untouched, but will add features to emphasize the communal aspect of the Lenten Journey.
First and most important, I'm writing a set of discussion questions for each week of Lent specifically
Second, I'm writing some new material to be placed at the end of the book. There will be an interview with the author discussing everything from my monastic vocation to how the book got written.I'm also thinking of putting in some unedited pages from my travel journal to give people a glimpse of the descriptive material I had to work with when writing, and, if space permits, I'll toss in some additional drawings from my sketchbook. If I have the time before the March 1 deadline I want to include a hand-drawn map of the major pilgrim roads of Europe that would include many of the towns mentioned in the book.
I know that readers of this blog don't usually make comments, but I would enjoy hearing your reactions and suggestions regarding my plans for revising Pilgrim Road.
But in any case, at least I have a built-in cure for the "February blahs" this year.