Sorry for the lack of posts!! It has been a super intense, crazy week. Last week, I had 3 papers due–two for philosophy and one for religion. This week, I’ve got a philosophy and a Latin exam, which isn’t that bad considering that the theologians have about 6 exams, I think, this week… Two works out just fine for me.
That’s why I’ve been able to scrounge up a little bit of time to post… So other than the exams, there has been a few things happening here. This Sunday was the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe so Pablo, one of the theologians here, organized a little pilgrimage from our residence to the shrine we have for Mary on the abbey grounds. It’s maybe only a 10 minute walk, at most, between the two locations but it was made all the more special by the fact that we did it in the dark, after Vespers and we had a huge banner of Mary and a couple of tiki torches to accompany her. Thankfully, the weather held out for us and although the grass we had to walk on was a little damp, it wasn’t raining. Here are some pictures from the event.
Today also, in need of a break after studying mostly metaphysics (and I’ll also be studying Latin later tonight, after catechism), I went by the minors seminary and found out that they were busy putting together the monastery newsletter Pax Regis. I ended up spending about an hour there helping them out… The minors are a really interesting group… I’ve been kind of getting to know them just a little bit over the past four months but for the most part, we don’t really mingle too much. They’re all high school kids with high school thoughts and a high school schedule. Their schedule actually, is far more rigorous than ours here at the major seminary. They’ve got almost every single hour booked–mandatory PE class, mandatory band practice, mandatory work on Saturday. Everything is set in stone for them whereas for us, as i’ve shown you with my schedule earlier on, the only things set for us are our classes and community prayers and meals. The rest of the day, we plan on our own…
Another time that I was a little bit free, I needed a break and took a walk with some majors (I was writing my philosophy papers and my mind, after a few hours of non-stop thinking and writing was turning to mush). We went over to the farm to visit some of the brothers working there and some of the animals. I promise you that I’ll definitely go back there with my camera and take some pictures because it is quite a sight to see. If you’ve ever been in the abbey and had a little bit of its beef, whether it’s steak or stew or liver, it’s all homegrown here. We visited some of the chickens and we saw some of the humongous cows that are there. There’s even a barn dog (I forgot his name) who watches over the place… The minors go there every Saturday to scoop up (with shovels) the cow poo… It’s one of their work chores… Apparently, it isn’t uncommon for some minors to have some fun with the poo by smacking it really hard with their shovel and spraying it all over the place… This might give you an idea of why majors and minors don’t mix… 🙂
Anyway, I promise to go back there with a camera for next time…
Also, this is actually my last week up here in the Abbey. I will be leaving on the 21st for home so I’m not 100% sure how many posts I’ll be able to put up while at home… I mean how interesting can things get at home right? 😛 I am hoping to see people though so if you’re available between the 22nd of December and the 4th of January, please get in touch with me and let’s chat!! c”,) Once things settle down here (after Friday hopefully), I’ll be sure to post up those pictures I promised of the Advent Program and talk a little bit more about what I learned on the Eucharist! God bless!!!
P.S. Please pray for me… I’m having a bit of a tough time with community living this week
Because this week is the last week of classes and exams start next week, I’m super duper busy so I can only really make a quick update. First of all, we recently had our annual advent program this past Sunday at the seminary. That’s basically our Christmas program for parents and friends of the seminary but it’s also in a lot of ways for us here too. The minors were busy and they showed us the fruit of their labors. Their band performed a few songs from the movie “The Prince of Egypt” and they put on a play as well on the 4th wise man. The majors put on a skit that I think deserves its own post (which I’ll definitely do once things slow down here just a little bit.) For now, I’ll just say that our skit was entitled Green Chri$tma$. We also sang in our choir called Quasimodo (“as if” in Latin) two songs. Puer nobis nascitur and Ave Maria by Arcadelt. On my next post, I’ll put up some pictures.
Like I said though, super busy this week. I’ve got 3 papers due and a number of exams starting next week and I’m waitering again (which takes up a lot of time). But I did get something in the mail from the very nice ladies of the CWL at St. Patricks. They sent a “care package” to all us Vancouver seminarians.
This will definitely help during the upcoming long nights!!! That’s all for today!!! God bless!!!