Tonight, on the first feast day of Saint John Paul II (October 22), I had a chance to participate in the second of two panel discussions of John Paul II’s play The Jeweler’s Shop. The discussion followed an evening Theology on Tap performance at Open Window Theatre. The discussion began around 9:45 pm, and lasted until nearly 11 pm… not generally my best time of day for coherent thought, so I kept my interventions to a minimum, but I did enjoy listening to the other panelists: Dr. Deborah Savage, Jeremy Stanbary and Jen Messing. I’ve posted the audio from the event here:
At some point I’d like to unpack further the ideas that I started to explore during the evening: 1) the relationship between John Paul II and John of the Cross as doctors of experience — the experiences of human love and divine love, respectively, and 2) how the questions of Veritatis Splendor (The Splendor of Truth) echo many of those raised by the characters in the play, namely: What are the concrete possibilities of man? Is he capable of the demanding call of life in Christ, given the experience of human weakness? What should be the character and quality of Christian hope, vis-a-vis our lived experience?
The play at Open Window Theatre has been extended for one more week, so I encourage those of you in the Twin Cities to see it if you haven’t already. Details here.
Saint John Paul II, pray for us!