Update of school year 2013

After months of sitting stagnant here on the interwebs, I finally decided that it was time to update this blog on the going ons in life.  And this should be the beginning of a trend of more posts (well…here’s to hoping with my schedule!)

It has been exactly a month today since I moved back into Bishop Simon Brute College Seminary here in Indianapolis.  That Saturday, a good friend and I went to the Drum Corps International finals at Lucas Oil Field (for those of you who don’t know, it’s basically professional marching band).  Wow! I couldn’t believe the sound that some of those groups could pump out of mere pieces of metal! I then enjoyed a few days of settling in before the majority of people moved in on the 15th (all 43 of us!).  One thing that I have noticed this year already is the fact that I’ve transitioned much easier into the swing of things, and I have gotten to know some of the new seminarians much quicker than last year.  They are an interesting and fun group of guys that I look forward to spending possibly three more years with here!

The castle itself received an update with the addition of a new dining room and a new living hall.  The dining room, named after Archbishop Daniel Buechlein, who was the archbishop of Indianapolis during the founding of the seminary here.  It is MUCH larger than our former dining room with a new stone fireplace, new chairs, tables, sofas, and a nice breakfast area.  The new St. Bonaventure hall consists of a new larger laundry room, bathroom, two priest apartments, and ten double rooms for seminarians.  As far as my room goes, it isn’t quite as grand.  As i look at it right now, I can approximate it to be about an eight foot square: just enough room for a bed, desk, wardrobe, and bookshelf.  It also isn’t air conditioned, which has affected my sleeping and allergies due to the heat and humidity.  The second floor view though does provide a nice view of some of the grounds here, and (when it is clean) is a very cozy atmosphere.

Classes started on the 19th, and boy can I tell a difference in difficulty this year… My Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays consist of an Environmental science class that unfortunately is not very informative as of yet, Humanities (which requires learning of the history of art, music and literature such as The Iliad or Beowolf among many many others–lots of reading), and Oral Communications in German (for my minor, which has a lot of homework).  Then comes my overload of philosophy on Tuesdays and Thursdays: Augustine and Aquinas (which is basically a review of medieval philosophy) and Metaphysics (the study of being: what does it mean to exist? what is real? etc).  Needless to say, these provide plenty of challenging information that I  still have not quite wrapped my mind about….

Other than that, things go on as they always do.  As this academic year unfolds, I keep each and every one of you in my thoughts and prayers.

 

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“Come unto me and rest;
lay down, thou weary one, lay down
thy head upon my breast.”
I came to Jesus as I was,
so weary, worn, and sad;
I found in him a resting place,
and he has made me glad.

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“Behold, I freely give
the living water; thirsty one,
stoop down and drink, and live.”
I came to Jesus, and I drank
of that life-giving stream;
my thirst was quenched, my soul revived,
and now I live in him.

I heard the voice of Jesus say,
“I am this dark world’s light;
look unto me, thy morn shall rise,
and all thy day be bright.”
I looked to Jesus, and I found
in him my Star, my Sun;
and in that light of life I’ll walk
till traveling days are done.

—“I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say”

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