Tuesday, August 24, 2010
A quick update!
NOTE: Because all of you know oh, how well I kept up with my posting in Rome, I figured I'd post this one which I found half-written in my archives. Even though it was unfinished, I didn't want to delete it, so here's what I was *going* to tell you on February 20. As I was reading through it, I realized that I copied it from an email that I wrote to my friend Charisse, and was just going to edit it a bit and post it here. Apparently, I never got that far. But anyway, without further ado, here it is, pretty much the way you were supposed to read it 6 months ago:

I know it's been awhile since I've updated, but I've been so busy that I haven't had as much time to blog as I thought I would! So here's a bit of what's been going on in Bernardi lately!

I guess the main highlight has been doing the station churches! :) We go to a different church every morning for the Lenten season, according to a centuries-old tradition. It's ridiculously early, mind you, but they're amazing churches, and I love the chance to get to participate in an ancient tradition. So far, we've seen Santa Sabina, Santa Giorgio (which was Cardinal Newman's parish when he was in Rome), Ss. Giovanni e Paolo (over the house of Sts. John and Paul), and today, Sant'Agostino (which has the bodies of St. Augustine and St. Monica). I think my favorites so far have been one of the last two...I couldn't take my eyes off the painting behind the altar at Ss. Giovanni e Paolo.

As of now, I've started all my classes! I think I covered a little of the other 2 classes, so I'll just fill you in on these ones. Church, Culture, and the Biomedical Revolution is very good--one of the teachers from St. Thomas is teaching it, and it's running basically like a regular class, so lots of reading, papers, etc. We're reading the Social Doctrine of the Church, so it's very good material!

Fundamental Moral Theology is just absolutely amazing--we have it with the Pope's theologian!! Great professor--he talks SO fast and packs in a TON of information though! I think I took 6 pages of notes the first day, and still missed stuff!!! The guy is so gentle, and so knowledgeable on his subject (obviously, cuz he's, y'know, the Papal Theologian. Which means he rocks lol). This is a European-style course, so entirely lecture, and very little class input. BUT, last Thursday, we started to read a passage, and he was pointing out a problem with the translation from Latin. He asked the class some general questions about how the Latin is laid out, and I answered a few times. Eventually, when he asked another question, he pointed at me and said, "You tell me! Your Latin is good!" I think I was complimented on my Latin skills by the Papal Theologian!! I don't even know what to make of that! haha...Especially since I'm surrounded by priests and seminarians and nuns and theology majors and stuff, so I'm extremely humbled to even be there, let alone have him call on me for something, considering I'm just a random kid from Pittsburgh compared to all those around me. As you probably could have guessed, I was freaking out for the last 10 minutes of class lol. Anyway, the last class is Poets and Mystics. It's with Fr. Paul Murray, an Irish Dominican. Also taking the class is a Nashville Dominican, Sr. Jane Dominic, who spoke at the University of Pittsburgh earlier this year. (Again, I'm extremely humbled to be in this company.) It sounds like it's going to be a good class, and the professor definitely has character. :) OH and I am taking Latin!!! Haven't had the class yet, but we're doing the Latin Vulgate Bible. :-D So I think that's the gist of it. Otherwise, I've met up with my friends Caitlin and Adam this week since they were in from France, a girl from my high school who is also studying in Rome, and today my cousin's in from Florence! :-D It seems like everyone's converging on Rome this week! I'm also having fun with my community, who are all very nice people. I'm praying for the grace to trust more in the Lord and to open up to His Love so that He can work through me and within me. He has provided so much, and I'm so thankful for His blessings!
posted by Kristin @ 1:50 PM  

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