(FJBSJ stands for Father Jean Baptiste Saint Jure, who wrote one of my favorite theological works on providence.)
I am currently a Freshman in college attending an RCIA program. I feel strongly drawn to the Dominican Friars due to the combination of the intense scholarship and the emphasis on preaching. I attending a secular talk on pornography (very effective due to research literature cited constantly and emotional appeals from individuals affected) which was recommended to me by the leader of my bible study, a FOCUS missionary. Honestly, the most valuable experience I got from that night was having a long conversation with one of the priests, who was a religious oratorian ministering to the local colleges and community. He encouraged me and offered me advice on how to continue. I looked at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington D.C. and the classes were so much more meaningful and relevant than the classes I am taking at the Secular University of Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, my foundation in theology and philosophy is weak but I don’t know a good place to start. Father recommended the Summa Theologica but I honestly don’t know if I am ready to read that with an insufficient foundation. Ultimately, I am looking on how to best study the entire bible, St. Thomas Aquinas, CCC, essential philosophy, and anything else I might be missing. One of the things I definitely have to change is my prayer routine, which is currently sparse to nonexistent outside of Mass.