Some Questions for My Students and Friends Who Are Making Their Way through The Book of Mev
by Mark Chmiel
Mev was really into photography. What is it that you are into?
What are some of your own experiences of being accompanied by others and accompanying others?
Which poems have you loved so much that, at one time or another, you memorized them?
Who is the person in your life who is most consistently present to you?
What do you think is the point of those two chapters entitled, Sitting/1 and Sitting/2?
What do you think of Gustavo’s understanding of the poor person as the “insignificant person, the non-relevant” person?
Have you ever read such a long table of contents?
Most people know of the practice of tithing money; what do you think of “tithing time”?
Could you relate to Mev’s “breakdown” in Brazil?
Is there a priest or theologian whose words really resonated with you?
Mev was devoted to Romance languages: Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian. If you could study any language, which would you pick?
Upon reading an earlier draft of The Book of Mev (then entitled, The Holy Contour of Life), one of my friends, a published author, told me to cut out all those chapters called “Meanwhile, Elsewhere in the World…” I ignored his advice. Why do you think I did?
Do you know the meaning of the word, “Gospel”? Is there anything you find curious about the chapters titled “ The Gospel according to…”?
Is there a particular photo in the book that caught your attention? If so, why?
In our contemporary society, what is the political significance of William Blake’s poem?
If you had a chance to share a few words with an important public figure (like Mev did with Pope John Paul II at World Youth Day, Denver 1993), whom would you want to address and what would you want to say?
Have you ever given a eulogy at a funeral?
If we consider injustice as ugliness, how in a world of such ugliness do you find beauty?