I have been remiss in my blogging of late. With the advent of summer vacation, the beautiful routine that I fashioned for myself slowly was dismantled. The visit of the novices and the rush of final exams were the main causes of interruption. And now, I find myself in a much smaller community. The brothers applying for solemn vows are off on a retreat, most of the other student brothers have left for their summer visits with their families (which I will do this Saturday), and so only the summer crowd remain, with a few exceptions. Actually, we did have some excitement recently. I watched "Made of Honor" and "Prince Caspian." The first movie was not well done, although it did have good actors. The storyline needed to be revised a couple of times before they went through with production. Too many scenes were "on purpose" or obvious. I did, however, like the main character and the woman he was in love with. The second movie was fine, but had little character development. The action was well done, and the side characters were funny. Besides these, I finished watching "Cranford" last night on PBS. It was absolutely satisfying. I haven't seen such a well done production of a classic in a while. Bravo BBC! And bravo, Elizabeth Gaskell!
By the way, the movie above was taken on my new camera. My friend Allia is shown giving a mock interview about the beauty of St. Louis's historic downtown. I've been having great fun learning how to use a digital camera, including how to download the pictures onto my computer, and add movies to my websites. I'm stepping into the 21st Century!
As mentioned above, my visit home to Kentucky begins this week. My retreat with the Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery in Covington is this Friday. Honestly, I don't know how people live without retreats/vacations. I think silent retreats would do a world of good for married people, who could use some relaxing time away from the spouse and/or kids. I used to hate retreats, but after this semester, I'm craving the silence, so I can reorient myself to God.Enjoy the video! I hope to add many more pictures and movies.