We had our discussion tonight on the last part of Sacramentum Caritatis. It was worth slowly savoring over the last six weeks or so (though we met over Holy Week and Easter Week we had a couple of breaks later because of logistical complications).
We spent a lot of time discussing the concept of "Eucharistic consistency" that came up in the text. What a beautiful and appropriate term!
Right now I am feeling so grateful for the friends God has brought into our lives who are eager and enthusiastic to read and discuss such beautiful things with us - eager and enthusiastic enough to want to continue in the summer and work out the details of future readings in a way that will be most helpful to all those in the group.
It's exciting and inspiring and humbling to be supported in our faith by such a group of friends and it is a wonderful thing to be able to learn and grow together.
Next year we're planning on diving into the New Testament, some Church Fathers and Early Church/Medieval History. We didn't set a specific ending point, though we certainly won't get as far as the Renaissance. Some key texts under consideration for study include: The Fathers of the Church by Mike Aquilina, Pope Fiction by Patrick Madrid, and Ten Dates Every Catholic Should Know by Diane Moczar (even though certain aspects of the book drive me crazy, I think it's quite worthwhile and will work nicely within our group). Literature texts (for our monthly discussions) to coordinate will likely include Beowulf, The Song of Roland and Sir Gawain. Some saint stories and historical fiction will probably add to the mix.