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Happy St. Patrick's Day
Sunday, March 17 2002


Several weeks ago Jon wrote about colleges he attended and the campuses. That brought back memories of my first college experience. I didn't attend where there were green lawns and ivy-covered buildings. Rather, there were classrooms in office buildings along the mid-town streets of Newark, NJ. To get from one class to another, I had to dodge traffic and busy shoppers who had no knowledge of or concern for college students. At the time, I was working for Sherwin William's during the day and attending night classes conducted by Rutgers University. The university had opened a branch campus in downtown Newark just for persons like myself who wanted to go to college but who had to work.

Nearly all the students were in their mid to late twenties and thirties and were determined to get an education. Most of us were in lower management positions and saw a college degree as a necessity in climbing the corporate ladder. We didn't miss the frills and social life associated with college campuses. The competitive spirit in those Rutgers classes was very intense, which I suppose was a carryover from the rivalry in our day jobs.

Several years later, I attended UPJ at its new beautiful location, as a full-time student. By then, I was 28, ten years older than most of the other students, which made me somewhat of a misfit. Many of my classmates behaved as though obtaining an education was secondary to having a full social life. Fortunately, by my second semester, I met other students with the maturity and experience to appreciate the advantages of working to get a good education. I believe our group appreciated the UPJ campus more than most and the majority of our group graduated with high honors. A few in our group were recent high school graduates, but the majority were as old or older than I was.

An Irish friendship wish

May there always be work for your hands to do;
May your purse always hold a coin or two;
May the sun always shine on your windowpane;
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;
May the hand of a friend always be near you;
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

Sent by Mike Harrison

The judgment

Although I am imperfect in many things, I nevertheless wish that my brethren and kinsmen should know what sort of person I am, so that they may understand my heart's desire. I know well the testimony of my Lord, who in the Psalm declares: "Thou wilt destroy them that speak a lie." And again, He says: "The mouth that betrays, kills the soul." And the same Lord says in the Gospel: "Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall render an account for it on the day of judgment." And so I should dread exceedingly, with fear and trembling, this sentence on that day when no one will be able to escape or hide, but we all, without exception, shall have to give an account even of our smallest sins before the judgment of the Lord Christ.

— St. Patrick, c. 385-461, Confession

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