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Quick Update

Lots going on over here!  It's a little crazy, but only my normal brand of crazy - nothing earth-shattering yet.  This will have to be a quick scrapbook post; until I get through the first chapter of the thesis, I don't have much time to write.

1) I've been working with our chaplain and the Legion of Mary to begin campus ministry at Shenandoah University, a big secular school up the road.  We've begun Masses there every two weeks, and I'm leading a Bible study on the off-weeks with the help of a former FOCUS missionary.  Many opportunities for humility, but it is a beautiful work (despite the rather ugly cube-shaped chapel)!

2) The thesis is...well...a thesis.  At least it's getting there.  I know I've put a decent amount of work into it so far, but it feels like no matter what I do, there is a mountain of research to handle.  I definitely underestimated the research that has to go into just a few paragraphs!  It should be pretty good by the time I'm done…


I haven't done a "Poem of the Month" post for such a long time!  I thought I would share, just for fun, a poem that I'm working on memorizing and analyzing in the course of my Poetry and Poetics class this semester.  The poet, John Donne, is one of my favorites; if you don't know it, look up his sonnet "Batter My Heart".  Here's an unnamed poem; it's a rather bitter piece, but stunningly well-written.
Go and catch a falling star,

Get with child a mandrake root,

Tell me where all past years are,

And who cleft the Devil's foot.

Teach me to hear mermaids singing,

Or to keep off envy's stinging,

And find

What wind

Serves to advance an honest mind.

If thou be'st born to strange sights,

Things invisible to see,

Ride ten thousand days and nights,

Till age snow white hairs on thee.

Thou, when thou return'st, wilt tell me

All strange wonders that befell thee,

And swear


Lives a woman true, and fair.

If thou find'st one, let me know,

Such a pilgrim…