Sunday, April 29, 2007

My Wacked-Out Week

Well, it's time for the beloved end-of-the-semester blues.

I've finished all my preaching for preaching class, but still have to write up my reports.

I have to write a 15-page paper on the forsakenness of Christ in Von Balthasar.

I've got a half take-home, half in-class final exam on Saint Athanasius.

And the craziest of all: A 3000-word statement of faith, covering all the major doctrines. Best of all, the assignment requires over 1000 words to explain. And still none of us are quite sure what we're meant to be doing. (And, no, turning in the Nicene creed is not an option. And not the Apostles' creed either)

The brain is already starting to sizzle.


Blogger Antony Hanson said...

I feel your pain, I really do.


6:03 AM  
Blogger Garpu the Fork said...

Same here. Sounds like life before my general exams...

1:09 PM  
Blogger Adoro te Devote said...

I'm just starting a MST, with a 1 credit class. My question:

"Present a summary and synthesis of the Pope's teaching by showing how human dignity, moral conscience, and redemption are related."

The prof went on to provide some questions that should be answerd in this 5 page paper.

Yes, 5 pages. I have to cover all THAT in only 5 pages.

And I can't seem to find PJP's theological definition of moral conscience, although I can find TONS of stuff on "consciousness".

Prayers are with you. Can I have some, too? :-)

6:40 PM  
Blogger Mark Mossa, SJ said...

Got it!

10:06 PM  
Blogger angelmeg said...

Might I suggest "Credo" by Jaroslav Pellican.

The exhaustive listing of every Christian Credal statement ever made. You are bound to find some inspiration within its 700 plus pages.


better you than me pal.

My stress will come this summer when I will be writing two finals in Philosophy at the same time.

8:11 AM  
Blogger Mark Mossa, SJ said...


I think you've made my point. But, nonetheless, I'm making some progress.

9:00 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

Can the 3000 words be in Latin? I could help with that.


12:31 AM  
Blogger Kiwi Nomad 2006 said...

I am only doing one paper but I am stressing at present. May is going to be quite a month, on top of a fulltime teaching job. And June won't be a whole lot easier. But in July I am heading to Oz for a wee holiday for two weeks;-)

2:02 AM  
Blogger Natalia said...

Nice. Thank you for that.

My brain has fried and shrunken already. And my mentor is in the hospital, so that's put a new spin on my initially diligent plans...

8:16 AM  
Blogger Diego said...

I understand your situation.
Now I have to write two articles for a journal (my research is in Artificial Intelligence, I'm a computer scientist).
Crunch time!

3:23 PM  
Blogger Joseph Fromm said...

How about this?
The statement of faith can only be born out of the Exercises. But, more specificly from the written meditaions of only those Jesuits whom have made the leap to Blessed or Sainthood. A kind of Summa of the Exercises.


12:36 PM  

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