Day 2 (aka 1st full day) of Acton U was replete – as always – with great presentations. In the afternoon, I went to a talk about the Benedictine Option. This is not about the arrangement of candles and Crucifix on the altar as proposed by Pope Benedict. This has to do with the idea that we might, or could, or should withdraw and live apart from mainstream society. The talk drilled into what Rod Dreher has offered. The presenter offered some insights, tactics from the life of John Paul II about how to deal with persecution that is here and that is coming. She concluded with the proposal of a Marian Option. There was a lively Q&A.
In the evening, we heard an address by Nobel Prize winner Vernon Smith, which combined economics and, I’m not kidding, particle physics. It was a tour de force. Someone needs to get this talk to Benedict XVI, who would appreciate it enormously.
Sorry, the photo is a bit small:
Mind you, there is also an Ordinary Form Mass going on at the same time down the hall, concelebration and all that. I think there is also a Protestant prayer gathering, too.
Lot’s to do today, so I had better get to it.
Meanwhile, a glimpse of one of the book laden tables. The titles tantalize.