Posted March 31, 2010
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It’s been far too long since I’ve written! So many things have happened in the past few weeks, it’s a blessing to share with you.
A few weeks ago, Imaculee Ilibagiza, Rwanda holocaust survivor and author of the book Left to Tell generously came to Franciscan University. The event was sponsored by the Solidarity club. There was praise and worship as the first portion of the night before Imaculee spoke; I played along with some of my other friends in the Tuesday night Praise and Worship band. After about an hour, Imaculee was introduced, and warmly welcomed as she took the stage. She spoke about her experience during the Rwandan holocaust and troubled times in her home country. For three months, a minister kept Imaculee and 7 other women protected in a tiny bathroom in his house. Imaculee said that she could do nothing but pray. She filled her days by praying the rosary. Through dissecting prayer so intricately, she came to understand the true meaning behind the words of the Our Father. Eventually, Imaculee was released, the genocide was over and she had to face the world again. She shared her testimony and how she came to forgive all of the enemies in Rwanda. Her story is one of love, and compelling forgiveness; it was really awesome to be able to hear it in person.
Switching gears, spring break brought a lot of relaxation. I decided to stay here on campus for the week off school because although I didn’t have classes at Franciscan, I still had to attend my weekly EMT classes in McDonald, PA. My buddy Jonathan and I have been taking an EMT class for a few weeks now, so that we can obtain our certification by this summer. Over spring break I was able to sleep in, catch up on work and just hang out with friends. One day, I went out to this local diner for breakfast with my household “big brother” Andy. It was great; we also had a cookout at his place with some friends the next day. I had to crack down and get some school work finished while I had the time. I worked on some of my calculus homework and Chemistry problems, preparing myself for the tests I had scheduled the week after break. In my EMT classes this week we practiced taking people’s vital signs; I can’t wait to buy a stethoscope of my own. On Sunday night when spring break was over, I went out to dinner with my girlfriend, Elizabeth. We went to Applebees and she told me all about her break.
My next week brought a lot of school work! I had a Calculus test on Thursday and studied all week for it. I knew the material and had gone over it in my notes and head several times. However, when it came to actually take the test, I rushed through it and didn’t do as well as I would have liked. Oh well, you live and you learn. Next time, I’m going to have to take my time on the test and re-read my answers to avoid careless mistakes!
Servants of the Savior also inducted a new member to our household this weekend! Zach, who has been an intent for a while now, was super pumped to finally get in. We inducted him on Friday night. For a few weeks, the guys had been throwing around Servant names that they thought might fit his personality. We decided on Hiram; the name of a man in the Old Testament who was very skilled in the art of adorning. Zach is very artistic and he is actually a professional hair dresser who has at least 10 appointments a week here on campus! It’s great to have him as a member of household, I can’t wait to see what he’ll bring.
I studied pretty much all weekend long for my tests coming up this week. I have a zoology test tomorrow and will remember to take my time because I definitely know the material! Till next time, Peace and Blessings! --Patrick