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A lover of the liberal arts, especially antiquity in its diverse forms, I am nonetheless wholly devoted to, utterly transformed by divine revelation. I seek to know the thought of the past, articulate my deepest longings aroused by the wise, and understand the uneasy relationship between reason and revelation; all for the sake of proper action and contemplation, both now and in the future.


New Adventure

I have moved to Los Angeles, specifically Pasadena. There are likely more job opportunities here in L.A. (even granting that it is the worst market in the nation) than there are in Sterling, and I only need a short-term, dead-end job to pay me $1000 per month till next July - hardly high expectations. Worst case scenario, I stay here till Thanksgiving and then tell M&D I've gotta come home, covered in shame. 

My goal in short term work is only to occupy myself till my longer-term plans shape up, and these are:

  • Grad school. I am shaping my application to University of Dallas. I need to write a couple essays and destroy the GRE. I am unlikely to be accepted (they accept only five to seven of thirty to thirty five applicants), but I know I will not be accepted if I do nothing, so why not take the chance? Were I to be accepted, I would choose U of D over both alternatives.
  • Great Hearts Academies. Kian Mapes contacted me and encouraged me to renew my late application for next year. I would likely hear little till February, so this is a pot on the back burner.
  • Seminary. No, it hasn't gone away. More and more I begin to suspect I am being called to the priesthood. I met with a vocations director, and though I missed the August 2011 deadline, he said everything on his end had already been approved, and all that remained was a formal interview with him and the Archbishop Michael Sheehan. There is a good chance I could be in seminary next fall.
So these are my options, and I need to think about working through them (especially all the hoop-jumping required of the first) even as I write my letters, read my books, and search for gainful employ.