Senior Year: "the fourth and last year of high school or college." For most college students (particularly those who actually plan ahead and think about Life After College before their Senior year), it is a time of mingled fear, anticipation, and excitement that at last they will be in the "real world."
Year just sounds nostalgic to me. It means: the last of four beautiful
and blessed years at Christendom College. The past three years have
seen new friendships made, some tested; broken hearts; good grades and
bad grades; and a spiritual life that sometimes makes me wonder: "Why
did you bother going to a Catholic College if you're just going to
ignore and spurn every opportunity to grow in your Faith that
Christendom gives you?"
Another beautiful aspect of
Christendom College is something that I like to call "The Christendom
Family." I discovered it especially in Junior Year, and have realized
that it stretches beyond the boundaries of each year's incoming Freshman
Class, or the split in the Junior Class that the Semester in Rome can
cause, or the professor-student gap. It is cemented in prayer requests,
at daily Mass where one prays not just with one's fellow students but
also with your professors, in professors' offices, and at Sunday Brunch
as one chases the professors' children around the Commons.
It is the Christendom Family that has molded me and helped me grow,
and that will have to show some "tough love" in May 2012 by throwing me
out into the big back ocean of Life After Christendom.
Year = Senior Thesis. Forty pages on redemptive suffering in the
theology of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. A thesis on "suffering" could
sound morbid to some, but Sheen focuses on it as redemptive. As I explain in my Thesis, Sheen taught that suffering
can become redemptive when united with the sufferings of Christ and
with love, which helps one unite his suffering with Christ and thus
[Disclaimer: I might recognize the beauty and the profundity of what Sheen says about suffering, but I in no way practice what he teaches.]
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above is a revision of a blog post drafted in August. I had planned to
write a blog post about Advent and Christmas, but that will come later.
God Bless and--in the words of the Servant of God Fulton John Sheen--God Love You!