I met tonight with Calvin, a senior who is doing an independent study on the Second Vatican Council under my direction as a capstone for his Catholic Studies program. It's exciting to see someone digging through this material for the first time, giving me the same sort of thrill I get when I vicariously hear about a friend's experiences as they read some favourite novel or see some favourite film of mine for the first time. Mostly tonight we were still talking over the literature itself: certain documents (the Constitutions on the Church) which were essential reading, and which, for matters of economy or interest fell into the "second tier" for an overview of the Council. So we talked about whether, for example, it would be more important in the time we have for him to read the Constitution on the Liturgy, or whether something like the Declaration on Non-Christian Religions was more timely or closer to his interests. So meeting with him is a fun, once-a-week dive into that material, which I'm also covering this week in a general way with my Master's students.
We had one of our dramatic fronts go through this afternoon as a thunderstorm. It was 70ºF when I left in the late afternoon to go teach, and heading into the mid-thirties as I left after my long evening's conversation with Calvin. I preferred the seventies!
But whoa! I just read how huge this storm was: we got the mild tail end of one of the worst storm fronts to cross the United States in history. Scratch what I wrote before: I'll take my bad day of rain and temperature drop to the thirties!