Wednesday, February 20, 2008

First Post!

Hello everyone! I am very excited to be entering the blogging community, and equally as excited to see what this experience will have in store for me, as it took me awhile to get my act together and take the plunge. I'll start off by introducing myself. I am a freshman Catholic Studies & Philosophy double-major at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. My parents and older brother, Michael, live in Indianapolis, IN where I spent my entire childhood. Indiana truly is home sweet home to me and God-willing I hope to return there after college. I came here to Minnesota primarily for the amazing Catholic Studies program that St. Thomas offers. Needless to say, I have no regrets...I feel at home in Minnesota, and I am so blessed to have the support of great friends, professors, and faculty here. I think everyone anticipates the changes college will have on you....and unfortunately in most cases, those changes tend to veer towards the negative. However, having surrounded myself by friends who support and affirm my values, I have begun experiencing change for the better, in the academic, social and spiritual aspects of my life. My Catholic faith is the shaping influence on my life, and I feel constantly drawn to Jesus Christ, longing to bring Him glory through my thoughts, words, and actions. How hard it is to truly live a Christ-centered life, but how can I strive for anything less?

My hopes for this blog are the following: to provide a place for open discussion/dialogue about the nature of human virtue, how to acquire such virtue, and share day-to-day encounters where virtue is lacking or present. I hope to draw much of my content from great thinkers: St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Augustine, other saints, the Holy Fathers, Aristotle, and contemporary sources. I will share my thoughts/musings/reflections on current events, politics, religion, literature, and popular culture in light of their relation to virtue. (although don't be too surprised if I get on a tangent once in awhile) The reason that I gave this blog the title "Rush Hour Virtues" is because the ultimate test of virtue is how you react during the middle of "rush hour", whether that be on the road, shopping for presents on Christmas eve, or trying to study for 3 tests all falling on the same day. We must constantly be growing in virtue so that during our "finest hour" we might model exemplary Christian virtue in our interactions and reactions to certain uncontrollable situations.

I will be blogging tomorrow with some insights on virtue from Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics. As this work is rather dense, I will be focusing on selection portions of it this week. I invite you to pick up a copy if you have not, or follow this weblink for an online version:

Thank you for reading, please tell your friends/bloggers about my new blog. God Bless you!

St. Thomas Aquinas, pray for us!
Mary, Seat of Wisdom, pray for us!

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