Grant us, O Lord, the grace to begin the Christian's war of defense with holy fasts: that, as we do battle with the spirits of evil, we may be protected by the help of self-denial. Through Christ our Lord.
The beginning of Lent has this year coincided almost exactly with the beginning of a new semester. Our first day of classes was actually yesterday, on Shrove Tuesday. Speaking of which, we had a lovely carnival yesterday with some friends who joined us in partaking of big delicious pulled-pork sandwiches.
The class lineup this semester is an interesting one for me. The required class load mercifully drops from 5 to 4 for those in the last semester of the STM program, in view of the additional time required for writing a thesis. Of the 4 classes assigned for this semester, however, I have already taken classes (at Ave Maria) equivalent to 3 of them. Hence, I basically have 3 electives:
Church History II (year 2);
Philosophy of History (year 3);
Catholic Social Teaching (year 3);
while my only assigned class is Sacraments I: Eucharistic Body of Christ (year 5).
The really interesting part is that two of these are intensive block courses later in the semester. So for now I have only one class per day. Pretty nice. Although the last two weeks of April, and the first three of May will be pretty intense. If I were intelligent I'd probably finish the thesis by mid-April...