Congrats to my students, finishing boldly and well another year at OLSWA. Our school works them harder, harder than the school where I did my undergrads, and they fight the good fight.
I'm not the most emotionally well-integrated person in the world, but as I sit here proctoring their last exam, I am facing a classroom full of some of the finest young people I have ever known. In particular are my thoughts on a young lady who just told me that she has been accepted into a religious congregation. This student has been the moral heart of the school for the whole time she has been here, without knowing it, in her very quiet way. Her departure will be palpably felt. My thoughts are likewise drawn to our first British student, a student who has been a real pleasure to me. She has been a butt of my jokes for the last two years, and she always took it in good stride, was always hard working and positive. I shall miss her dearly. I guess it's that she from G.B. that makes her departure that much more obvious to me, although I think that for more than a few of these students I shall never see them again until we are united in the next life, pray God.
If you've never had a place like OLSWA in your life you won't know what graduation time means.
A Few Coincidences
Having researched Augustine for over a decade now you'd think I would have made this connection a long time ago. It was actually made two days ago. My father and St. Augustine were born on the same day - November 15th.
The first grave I ever dug (mentioned the other day in a post) was for a man who used to own my house!
Thoughts on Dying
From the day we were born we began the process of dying.
Death is all around, and has been visiting me in some small ways recently. I mentioned the grave I helped to dig. It got me thinking about the phenomenon of human death-coping. I find it strange. I find it strange how people experience the death of those around them. The most superficial people (or perhaps those we think superficial) seem to react the most bizarrely. Perhaps it is the only thing that serves to disturb their materialism. They are nervous, uncomfortable, suddenly superstitious.