As Grent Lent begins, I want to ask for everyone's forgiveness. Forgive me if I have wronged you in any way. That being said I guess I should focus on some personal updates...
My credit card debt is gone. I paid it off last month. Now I just have to pay off the money I owe my mother (no sweat) and make sure I do not get back into credit card debt. Obviously, during Lent I won't be spending much money so I will more than likely pay my mother back the majority of what I owe her.
As for school, I had midterms in my two History classes last week and I think I may have gotten As on both. Thus, I think I have As in both History classes and I think I have an A in Philosophy as the grading has been from participation so far. I am beginning to plan on what is next. I am not entirely sure if I want to take a course in the Summer or not. I have seven classes (after this semester) left toward my associate degree. Theoretically, I could take Biology in the Summer since it is a pre-req for both Anatomy classes and Microbiology. Then take Chemistry, Nutrition, Anatomy 1 and 2, Microbiology, and Psychological Statistics over the Fall 2008 and Spring 2009 semesters. I shall see; one semester at a time.
My health is still a bit in the grey. I still have the ulcer on my left foot and I strained/sprained/twisted/did something to my right ankle about two weeks ago. I am trying to get a doctor's appointment very soon.
In my spiritual pursuits, I have found that my desire for the monastic life is increasing; a part of me has considered giving up my degree. I will be going to Greece this coming weekend for eight days; I will see Fr. Chrysostom while I am there and I am hoping we will discuss my vocation and a pilgrimage to Jerusalem to spend Passion Week and Pascha 2009 with him. How I would love that opportunity. Indirect, but still important to my spiritual life is my aunt. After three decades of disliking the Orthodox Church, she has decided to convert to it. And she asked me to be her male sponsor. I am praying for guidance on this. Though I am a sponsor to my niece and a cousin, they are both two years old. Being only twenty-four, I am hoping I can be a faithful sponsor to a fifty-plus year old woman.
Wow... That's great to hear that your aunt has decided to convert to Orthodoxy! I think one of the great joys of the Church is never knowing quite who will come next.
Going to the Holy Land for Pascha is something I would like to do before I depart this earth. In fact, for several years it has been about the only place overseas I've wanted to visit. God willing, it will happen for you sooner than for me!