Blogger pic is Thomas Aquinas

I began this blog while a high school senior in a public school in Louisville, Kentucky. I participated in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at my school (by deduction, you know my school!).
My family attends the historic St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church on Shelby Street, where I serve the Holy Mass at 10:00 AM Sunday in the very beautiful Ordinary Form, and hope to serve more regularly in the Extraordinary Form (which is at 12:00 PM on Sundays if you are visiting!).

 I am attending the Franciscan University of Steubenville, where I study history (I might add a theology minor). The university offers an opportunity to study in Austria for a semester, and I am already excited even though it is at least two years away. I would love to teach. It is a simple lifestyle, which I yearn for in some ways (Tolkien's lifestyle is something to admire). It is a way to witness to the world, and preparing the next generation for sainthood.

 I love to read and learn, and have from an early age. My mom says I could recite Curious George from memory after reading it, at three years old. Knights and castles were my favorite subject to read about, and I rekindled this love during my senior year by writing my Extended Essay for IB on William Marshal and Magna Carta.  Teaching the entirety of Western history is a way to help restore intellectual life, particularly from the Catholic perspective.

I love art and music, of which enough cannot be said. Gregorian chant and polyphony are so beautiful and awe-inspiring, but I do dip my toe into secular music (I am listening to Fleetwood Mac as I compose this, actually). If I visit Europe, most of my time will be in churches, castles, museums, and battlefields when not studying. The pursuit of Beauty, Goodness, and Truth is what life is all about!

Rugby is the best sport ever. I can't wait to play again. Go All Blacks!
Me as St Thomas Aquinas!

Watching good movies is quite enjoyable. My favorite is Bicycle Thieves, followed by The Princess Bride, Life is Beautiful, and Diary of a Country Priest, but there are so many I have seen and desire to see that are really good.

 John 15:13 is my favorite Gospel passage, and Psalm 42 (43), quoted in the subtitle of the blog, is my favorite Psalm. Ephesians 5 and 1 Corinthians 13 are my favorite Epistle passages.

My confirmation saint is St Patrick. In particular, I try to emulate the Marian devotion and preaching of St. Dominic, the family nature, work ethic, humility of St. Joseph, the purity of the Blessed Virgin and St. Thomas Aquinas, the intellect, quietness, and warmth of Pope Benedict, and the courage and patience of Thomas Vander Woude. The patrons of the household on campus I am an intent to are St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Josemaria Escriva, and Our Lady of Sorrows. These qualities overlap, and it would make sense that if someone came later, they saw the example set by an earlier saint in order to come closer to Christ, no? But one saint might particularly exemplify a virtue.

Lest I forget, I love my family and friends. Humans are social creatures, and I'd be totally lost without them. Man is truly not fit to be alone.

Oh, and babies. They are the second-greatest thing ever, behind laughter, according to The Muppets movie from 2011. :) I will stop and look at babies, especially if they are in onesies with feet, virtually any time. They are so adorable!

I started this blog on the feast of Christ the King in 2012, as my efforts for the Year of Faith called by Pope Benedict to further the New Evangelization began by Blessed Pope John Paul II in 2000. I try to blog daily, but school and other obligations occasionally prevent that. The plan is to continue the blog as long as possible, here or on another site.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!

May the blessings of Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, descend upon you, and remain with you always!

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