You will, if you've been following recent developments, be aware that last month Papa Ben declared one of my all time favourite saints, Hildegard of Bingen, a doctor of the Church. In honour of that, this is your official Catholic trivia tip for the day: According to Hildegard, the cure for excessive menstrual bleeding is rest, sweets, beer and wine. On a not wholly unrelated note, I've spent most of the last month lying about in bed, eating mint chocolate, and imbibing mild intoxicants, which is why I haven't been blogging. Actually, I've been recovering from a miscarriage, which has taken a lot longer than I would have liked. Apparently 8 pregnancies in 12 years is a major strain on the body, particularly if you're anaemic and have low blood pressure to begin with. Sigh. I always prefer to live in the pleasant Stoic delusion that it's in accord with “right reason” to behave as though bodily limitations are the product of a weak will and that they are best treated with contempt. I finally hit the wall on that one, and now I'm having to reconsider my unwillingness to make concessions to somatic weakness. To all my fellow stoics out there: please feel free to tut-tut, shake your locks and bemoan the tyranny of externals. I'm totally letting down the side. In my defense, I've been ordered to do so by my husband and my doctor, so I can at least argue that it is fitting and in accord with my station in life :)
Anyways, on a more serious note, I'm slowly easing myself back into the saddle right now and there are two major topics that I've been mulling over during the course of my convalescence and which I'm considering as the major themes for the blog over the next month or two. One is Natural Law and NFP, the other is postmodernism.
Those of you who've read my New Oxford Review stuff will have some idea of where the natural law thing is going to go. I'm all in favour of natural law as it appears in Aquinas' treatise on natural law, that is, in the form of offering first precepts for moral reasoning which are universally accessible to all people regardless of culture or ideology. I have serious criticisms of the way that natural law is applied, however, in contemporary discourse – and particularly with the whole language game that's been generated to prop up Humanae Vitae and the practice of NFP. If I go this way, there'll be more about sex, and the subject matter is likely to be heavier.
If I deal with postmodernism, on the other hand, then I'll get to talk about fun things like church architecture, the difference between reasonableness and rationalism, and how I learned to stop worrying and love Foucault.
Let me know, either in the com-box or by e-mail (melindaATvulgatamagazineDOTorg) which you're more interested in reading and I should be back blogging regularly soon.