Thoughts from a young theologian

Let Me Go Home!!!!

An excerpt from my theme song this whole week:

Another winter day has come
And gone away
In even Paris and Rome
And I wanna go home

Hehehehehhe It’s always such a great feeling to go home… Seminary life (and monastic life) is one that’s pretty tough. I think one big misconception I had before coming in that’s been quickly dealt with over the months that I’ve been there is that life there is not easy. It’s not meant to be easy!! c”,) Its goal ultimately is to form a MAN of God after all so it cannot be easy. From the rigorous daily schedule to the tough academic, religious and community life, should come a man, in the fullest sense of the term, ready to confront the world and all of it’s particularities with the love and kindness of God. Priests really are at to be found at both the wondrous peaks of human joy and at the bowels of human misery and suffering. It’s quite a privilege but it’s also something we need to be ready for… something we need to be strong enough for.

What it all means though is that the long life in the seminary can be a real exhausting one. You get as much out of a seminary life as you put into it so if you’re kinda like me, putting my whole self into it non stop day in and day out, you can get burnt out really quickly. The tranquility and numerous times of prayer really help to prevent that burning out but so do these little weekends for us to go home. This being the last time I can go home (until the summer), which means that all throughout the difficult time of Lent in the abbey, I’ll be at the seminary, I was super excited to come home.

The whole day yesterday, I was busily cleaning up my room, doing some last minute chores, etc… I love having a clean room to go back to so I definitely took the time to make sure I cleaned my room well!! Look at it now!!! Sooooo pretty and cute (the two most despised words in the sem)!!! I vacuumed my floors so much that you can eat off it… I cleaned my bathroom, washed all my sheets and blankets, wiped down all my counters. Heheheehehehe

I even found some time to groom my pet koala a little bit after his ordeal with being koala-napped by a few of the seminarians a few weeks back. Look!! He looks so happy!!!

And to top it all off, I sprayed my room with the very manly scent of ………. Febreze!!!!

I was so happy so to celebrate, I paid a visit to a fellow seminarian in his roon and serenaded him with a nice little goodbye song. I unknowingly woke him up though from a nap, so needless to say, he wasn’t very thrilled to see me… Hehehheeh

So where does one go after a whole month of study, prayer, community, etc? Straight to the pub… Hehhehehee I am Canadian after all. I mentioned that to one of the monks and he just shook his head sadly and walked away… I had a good excuse for going though.. My home council of the Knights of Columbus was having a pub night that night and I really wanted to surprise the guys. It was a ton of fun but I didn’t stay too late… My priority is to get lots of rest before the long push of Lent. Anyway, that’s all for today. Take care and God bless!!!!!

PS. I’m sooooooooooo hardwired for getting up early that I woke up at 5 today, couldn’t get back to sleep, so I wrote up this blog post that I intended to get up yesterday anyway… Hehehehhe


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